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Cal Jernigan - Senior Pastor In my post last week, I told of having received a number of emails suggesting I said something in a sermon that was inappropriate (something perhaps politically incorrect). I recounted what I had said, and asked you to weigh in and tell me what you think. I was hoping for some response. I was certainly not expecting the amount of responses I received. In that post I stated I would write about what all this has shown me. This post is my best effort to... Read More...

Block Blur

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Chip Stauffer - Campus Development Pastor I have been afflicted with “block blur.” Until recently,  when I looked down the street, when I walked down the street, or when I drove down the street on my block, I was usually focused either on people or activities inside my house or those beyond my neighborhood.  My neighborhood has been a blur to me—the whole block.  While the people in my own home (or those people and activities outside of my neighborhood) have taken my focus, ... Read More...

What You Don’t See

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                    Bri Johns - Director of Student Ministry Programming My grandfather was harassed on a regular basis for doing one simple thing... parking in the handicapped spot at stores. I had no idea that this was something that people raged over, but they do!  Hostility would show itself in the form of nasty notes on his car, brash comments in passing, horns honking... What is with people these days?

Perception Management

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Aaron Pennington - Queen Creek Campus Pastor Are you tired? Not from running this morning, or playing with the kids, not from a long day of work, or because you slept horribly last night. Are you tired of managing the perceptions others have of you? Are you working overtime on Facebook to create a new image of yourself because you don't like what others think of you in person? Are you looking for your self-worth in all the wrong places? Can one person's critical comment of you... Read More...

A Few Good Men… And Women

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Jeremy Jernigan - Executive Pastor, Creative Arts/Students Chapter 8 of The Story covers some amazing leaders with some amazing adventures. Men and women like Deborah, Gideon, and Samson, to name just a few. Each of these great stories provide their own opportunities for application and contemplation. Most intriguing to me however, is the way the people of Israel act throughout the book of Judges. We find God's people stuck in a rut. Specifically, they find themselves trap... Read More...

He Said What?

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Cal Jernigan - Senior Pastor Not too many years ago Bob Russell retired from the preaching ministry. He was the Senior Pastor of then the largest Christian Church in America – Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky. When I visited with him not too long ago, I asked him what he misses most since retiring. His response totally surprised me, “I’ll tell what I don’t miss; I don’t miss the criticism.” This surprised me for two reasons, 1) I couldn’t imagine too many people ... Read More...

Prophet – Priest – King

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Monte Hunt - Worship Leader In my last blog I shared that the words we choose make a big difference in how our message is received; language matters. There are many churchy terms that many people do not understand: consecrated, propitiation, sacrificial lamb, and Yahweh to name a few. Consequently those who do not understand them might mentally check out, and what we have to say from there is lost the listener. Today I'd like to attempt explaining a churchy, yet completely... Read More...

Eyes On The Prize

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                        Kevin Larter – Junior High Pastor, Gilbert campus “Keep your eye on the ball!” Better advice has never been given to a kid learning how to play sports. I grew up playing baseball and football and every single coach I ever had screamed those words at me. If you take your eye off the ball, even for a second, you won’t hit the ball or catch the ball—and you’... Read More...

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