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2015 Theme

Revolution...Life In the Kingdom of God When Jesus came, His mission was nothing less than to change the world forever. He had a laser focus on one thing, "the kingdom of God." He came proclaiming it. He died for it. His Church preached it. He came to bring revolution. And that will be our theme for 2015.

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    2015 Theme

    Revolution...Life In the Kingdom of God When Jesus came, His mission was nothing less than to change the world forever. He had a laser focus on one thing, "the kingdom of God." He came proclaiming it. He died for it. His Church preached it. He came to bring revolution. And that will be our theme for 2015.

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    Current Sermon Series

    What is the Kingdom of Heaven Like?

    What is the Kingdom of Heaven Like? When we confess that Christ is the Son of God, we have said a mouthful. That confession carries with it all kinds of cosmic, eternal implications. However, when we confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, that confession carries implications for me in the here and now. It says that Jesus is now Lord, my Lord. It says that He is King and that His kingdom will conquer all the empires that people have built...or our little individual empires. It says that He rules and reigns in our lives. But, what is the kingdom of heaven like? Jesus answers this question in eight parables from Matthew's Gospel.

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    Revelation Wellness

    Thursday Nights 6:30pm SOCC GYM

    We are passionate about seeing the body of Christ living John 10:10 lives, “life to the full”,  in body, soul & Spirit. Our mission is to raise up healthy & whole followers of Christ, nationally and globally, in heart, mind soul and strength, so they may be fit for their own mission; to show the healing love of Christ to all people everywhere. We must be fit for mission!

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    Pi Day

    Pi Day 03.14.15 6pm-8pm

    Pi Day Pie Day! Saturday, March 14, (03.14.15) 6pm-8pm

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    Celebrate Recovery

    Wednesday Nights 6:00pm

Classes & Meal Canceled - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

All classes and the fellowship meal for Wednesday, March 4th, have been canceled due to inclement weather.

Pleasure or Meaning?

A few weeks ago I finished a fascinating book called “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Victor Frankl. I remember reading parts of it in college but I’m so glad that I picked it up again. I also just finished another book called “Scary Close” by Donald Miller. Miller’s book is about the importance of authenticity and vulnerability in our relationships. About half way through the book, Miller referenced Frankl. Coincidence maybe or maybe God is trying to get my attention. Either way, I found what Frankl had to say to be profound.

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Simple

The dictionary defines simple as something that does not have complications or difficulties. That word would never be used to explain my life. Between work, play, ministry, my wife and just one baby I cannot call my life simple. I have wants, desires and personal issues that further complicate my life. It has easily been more than 20 years since my life was simple and maybe yours too.

At 15 I started traveling to various places and after many years I realized that it was easier and faster to travel without lots of luggage. When I started living alone here in this country I realized that having many things was going to make my life much more complicated and difficult to move around. Reflecting on this time in my life makes one truth stand out…It was so much simpler when I had only one suitcase of clothes! In our lives we often carry lots of luggage that we don’t need. We carry baggage that is both emotional and material but Jesus invites us to lighten the load by living simple lives.

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Bicycle Ministry

The bicycle ministry here at Singing Oaks began because of a request from a client who asked for help in finding a bike for her brother. Jerry Browder and others from Singing Oaks were volunteering at Our Daily Bread when this request was made. Jerry talked with her and volunteered to find a bike. Her brother was having to walk or hitch-hike to Lewisville daily to work at a minimum wage job. This bike solved his walking problem. This request sparked a thought in Jerry’s mind that bikes would be a great addition to our benevolence program.

Prior to this we had given away a few bikes that were donated to us but we had not yet announced we were in the “bike business”. Jerry found a source for bicycles in Dallas. He got connected with this group and we began accumulating bikes to give people who were coming to our food pantry and clothing room.

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Kingdom of Heaven

In Matthew 13 we find an anthology of Jesus teachings on the Kingdom of Heaven. Each parable has its own nuance. However, the heart of the message is simply this: the Kingdom of Heaven it’s a matter of hearing, receiving, growing, and bearing fruit. Jesus has come and has inaugurated the Kingdom of Heaven. He has invited us to follow him into that kingdom, to learn from him Life as it was meant to be lived.

It will be hard. The kingdom of heaven is already inaugurated, present, and attainable but it is not yet fully realized. Many are growing toward maturity and productivity while Satan is hard at work in the lives of others. Sometimes we become discouraged because we don’t see what God is up to. However, Jesus promises us that the Kingdom of Heaven is relentlessly growing nonetheless. From small beginnings the Holy Spirit’s influence grows in our individual lives and in the world.

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Bibliolatry and The Kingdom of God: Do They Really Go Together?

THE FORMULA The mystic was back from the desert. “Tell us,” they said, “what God is like.” But how could he ever tell them what he had experienced in his heart? Can God be put into words? He finally gave them a formula — inaccurate, inadequate—in the hope that some might be tempted to experience it for themselves. They seized upon the formula. They made it a sacred text. They imposed it on others as a holy belief. They went to great pains to spread it in foreign lands. Some even gave their lives for if. The mystic was sad. It might have been better if he had said nothing. (From Song of the Bird by: Anthony de Mellow)

Now I grew up in two different churches who would both be considered to be on the conservative end of the spectrum when it comes to how they practice their Christian faith. I owe them a lot for they did their best to help me come to know Christ. I learned a lot about the text in the Bible. I learned their canonical order, their authors and subjects, and memorized many scriptures. But it wasn’t until my undergraduate training that I begin to learn more about the context, translation, and ultimately the inclusion or exclusion of text into the modern Bible.

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