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Battle or Bless

by Fred Swartz Key Verse: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  – Matthew 5:9, ESV  I have recently been quite frustrated with some decisions made that impact ministry for me.  My perception of those decisions, one in particular, is that they hinder mission and growth of the Kingdom.  Assuming for…

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Spiritual Friendship

Spiritual friends are soul friends. Their love for each other translates into a desire that the other settle for nothing less than becoming all that he or she was intended to be. This means that they care for each other as whole people, not simply as spiritual beings. Friends become spiritual friends when they seek…

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Promise Kept

by Doug Mitts “…in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.” (Titus 1:2, NAS95) God promised eternal life and He brought it to fruition in Jesus Christ. God kept His promise, a promise made before the foundation of the world. God keeps His promises. This promise, eternal life,…

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Individual Guided Retreats

An Individual Guided Retreat is a personal retreat you plan and take on your own with one added feature: you’ll meet with someone before (and possibly after) your retreat. The purpose of these meetings is to help you listen to God and discern His invitation to you for the day of retreat and for moving…

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Love Equation

by Fred Swartz “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:15, ESV) Love is one of those words that can become cliche to me. It shouldn’t, but it does. Of course I understand that loving others is important, so teach me something new…

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Familiarity with God

by Doug Mitts “…for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.” (Acts 11:24, NAS95) Barnabas had a lead role in both the start and expansion of the church. I think the secret of Barnabas’s lived faith has to do with…

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