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Top 10 Reasons NOT to Join a Church Plant

On February 1st I moved my family to San Jose to start Garden City Church. The day we moved we had three adults committed to the church plant. It was a move of faith. After getting settled, the first thing…

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Gospel Kindergarten

I feel like I'm in Gospel Kindergarten. Though I trace my conversion to early boyhood, something big happened to me in my early-twenties. In my early-twenties God began awakening me to how good the good news really is. It felt…

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Sneaky Self-Righteousness

Self-righteousness is sneaky. It can show up almost anywhere. You can be self-righteous about: -Having kept all the rules, or having broken all the rules. -Being poor, or being wealthy. -Being a public school parent, or a private school parent,…

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Preach It Until You Feel It

Most of us live life feeling our way towards an action, rather than acting our way towards a feeling. We have it backwards. Instead, we ought to act our way towards a feeling, trusting that healthy emotions will follow healthy…

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Pastors, Quit Trying to Be Perfect and Let Jesus Love You

From as far back as I can remember I've been a perfectionist. Most pastors are perfectionists. I'm starting to think that a main reason God called me to be a pastor is to crush my perfectionism and set me increasingly…

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Hit him! (Or, the Christian Life is a Fighting Life)

Quit letting the devil beat you down. Fight back! Resist him! Resist him! Resist him! Contrary to what a lot of you learned in Sunday School, Christianity is a worldview that calls you to fight. So don't just stand there,…

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4 Things to Do with Yourself

I see four ways you ought to handle yourself: 1. Know yourself. "Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves"(John Calvin). Do you…

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The Gospel is Not Like Dessert

Many of us grew up in families where dessert was this delicious thing you could taste and enjoy only if you ate all your dinner. We had to earn dessert. "Eat all of your dinner, every last piece of broccoli,…

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