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  • The Story Behind The Music: “Agnus Dei”

    By: Dan Arndt, Worship Assistant Director This version of the song was written as I was coming out of one of the most difficult times of my life. It was a time when my “song” figuratively and literally went quiet. I went through a season...

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  • Blueprints Week 2- Day 1

    “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20:4 Take a moment to look down at your...

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  • Blueprints Week 2- Day 2

    “You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God.” Exodus 20:5 Believe it or not, of all the Scriptures that warn us about the dangers of sin, idolatry is the sin that we are...

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  • Blueprints Week 2- Day 3

    “…visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me…” Exodus 20:5 On a snowy day in January of 2015, just outside of Battle Creek, MI, an individual was driving down the highway when...

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  • Blueprints Week 2- Day 4

    “…but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:6 In yesterday’s devotion, we learned that disobedience and idolatry have far reaching implications for our lives—and for those who come after us. Today, we are reminded of the...

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  • Blueprints Week 2- Day 5

    “Therefore my beloved, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 10:14 Everywhere we look there is a temptation to shift our trust in God to trust in created things (idols). We must constantly monitor our hearts and our hands so that we don’t pick up idols. Idolatry tries...

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  • Blueprints Week 1- Day 1

    “I am the LORD your God…” Exodus 20:2 Do you like people who are honest? Folks who look you straight in the eye and tell you the truth? Straight shooters? Most people I know place a high value on this type of directness and candor....

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  • Blueprints Week 1- Day 2

    “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.” Exodus 20:2 “Is ____________ worth my time?” That’s a question that we should ask of anything we’re going to invest in. “Is what I’m...

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  • Blueprints Week 1- Day 3

    “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 What are some of the primary attributes that come to mind when you think of God? Holy, Righteous, Loving, Gracious, Sovereign are a few of the most popular choices. They’re all true, and they’re all...

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  • Blueprints Week 1- Day 4

    “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 Look at your calendar. Is it full? If so, what’s filling it up? Meetings? Assignments? Tasks? Hobbies? Whatever grabs blocks of time on our calendar has a high degree of importance in...

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  • Blueprints Week 1- Day 5

    “Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 10:14 When I was a young child, I used to ride my bike down our long country road. The setting was peaceful. The summer breeze was fresh. I loved the feeling of freedom. Until I passed a...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 6- Day 1

    “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.” – Revelation 3:14 As followers of Jesus, we all struggle with complacency from time to time. Even as I sit...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 6- Day 2

     “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” – Revelation 3:15-16 Extreme temperatures can be healing. If...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 6- Day 3

    “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”  – Revelation 3:17 The picture looked straight to me, but my spouse said it was not. Not even close! I had...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 6- Day 4

    “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.” – Revelation 3:19 Have you ever experienced that nagging sense that you’re going in the wrong direction? The warning signs were there; you missed key landmarks, and your journey was filled with...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 6- Day 5

    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”  – Revelation 3:20 With the birthday present in hand, you can’t wait to join...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 5- Day 1

    “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” – Matthew 6:26 How is your relationship with your Dad? Did you know that...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 5- Day 2

    “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33 Have you ever lost your car keys? You were rushing out the door to an important appointment when you suddenly realized that you...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 5- Day 3

    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matthew 6:34 Do you ever worry about tomorrow? I have, and sometimes I still do! Sometimes I allow the worries of tomorrow...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 5- Day 4

    “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” – Matthew 6:26 Have you ever taken time to look at a bird as...

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  • Socially Acceptable Week 5- Day 5

    “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:5-6 Do you pray about the things that steal your joy? In this very popular...

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