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Discipleship

Jesus tells us to be a fisher of men and that is probably one of the most important tasks he has charged us with as followers of Christ. But what is the best way to go about this?

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Encouragement

As we look back on this fantastic summer, and all the fun times we were able to experience, we are very thankful for the ways we have grown and seen God work not only in this youth group, but in this congregation.

While this job may seem like fun and games most of the time (probably because it is), we have had a unique opportunity in ministry. While having friendships and connections already in place, the transition back to Denton for us interns was as smooth as it could have been. One of the best parts of the summer was who our coworkers were. Us 4 found out quickly what it was like to work with each other and developed a rhythm that would carry us through the summer.

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Power and Presence

When the Apostle Paul looks back on his ministry, he sums it up with these words:

“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5.

When Paul sums up what the kingdom of God is about, he says this:

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20.

When Paul sums up the Christian life, he says this:

“Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” Romans 8:8-9.

It seems to me that there is a huge gap between what we read in scripture and what we find in contemporary religious culture in North America today. If you read the Bible on its own terms and not with modern secular bias, you cannot help but come to the conclusion that Christianity is about the power and presence of God working in us. You cannot help but see that God does powerful amazing things in us and through us when we surrender to Him. And you cannot help but see that the Holy Spirit is as essential to the believer’s existence as the air that we breathe.

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A Precious Gift

How important is water? If you go by the number of times water or words associated with water are mentioned in the Bible you have to rank it pretty high. From the very beginning to the very end, it is there. It is often mentioned in the context of deliverance, rescue, salvation or simply a wonderful blessing from God. Without it civilizations perish. Without it we die. Water is life.

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Bad Days – We All Have Them

It does not matter if you are a young child or an older adult, you’ve had a bad day before. Sometimes on these bad days we can become very discouraged and think we have been defeated. Days like these can be dangerous! Some people have a harder time with this than others.

I consider myself a happy human being who tries to have a positive outlook on life, and I live by fact that the joy I have comes from my relationship with Christ. God brought me out of some tough situations that I had to face in order to be where I am today. An example of how God worked in my life is bringing me out of depression. Yes Depression! I had dealt with depression heavily from 6th grade until 9th grade. I was not happy with who I was as a person and with many aspects of my life. I had other interests than the rest of my young peers which made me feel left out sometimes. My family continued loving and caring for me and that was something that I was able to overcome. I thank God for that every day! My outlet was music!

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McKinney at Cardinal
101 Cardinal Drive
Denton, TX 76209
940.387.4355
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8:30 am - Worship
9:45 am - Classes
11:00 am - Worship

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6-7 pm - Dinner (Menu)
7-8 pm - Classes
6:30-8 pm - Celebrate Recovery

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