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Psalm 107 - Part 3


In Psalm 107, the Psalmist cites God’s use of pain to shout the good news of his redemption. Only when his chosen people had nowhere else to turn would they “cry to the LORD in their trouble.” ...

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Psalm 107 - Part 2


Throughout history the people of God have been delivered from the desert, literally and figuratively. Through Christ, the Bread of Life, God feeds the hungry soul. He provides Living Water to those “in a dry and weary land” (Psalm 63:1). He replaces the dry sand of sin with the refreshing waters of baptism. ...

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Psalm 107 - Part 1


In the Psalms, we not only find the inspired Word of God to his people, but we find the inspired Word of God from his people back to Him. The Psalms are God’s collection of worship songs and prayers given to us to know how to approach Him in referent, exuberant, theologically sound, and emotionally charged praise. In the Psalms, God has written songs for his Church to ...

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Meditating on the Law


Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Ps. 1:1-2 ESV)...

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Update on Worship Arts Search Process

For those of you who were not in the Worship Gathering on March 18th, here is an update that was shared by Christian regarding the Director of Worship Arts search process. A quick update regarding our Worship Arts Director search. After pouring over very quality applications and sample videos, the advisory team lined up two video interviews with potential applicants. Afte...

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Does Church Attendance Matter?


Church attendance in America is on the decline--that is no secret. But biblically speaking, does church attendance really matter? ...

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Feeding Willmar


In the Living Hope Church Check-Up report presented by Pastor Paul yesterday, we found that one of Living Hope's weak areas is Compassion and Outreach to those who do not yet know Jesus. We would like to share a tangible way that you can be a part of helping those who are in need in our community....

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Ephesians 1:15-23

Read Ephesians 1:15-23 Last week Scott Barney brought us through Ephesians 1:11-14. Scott said that 'we have a vision problem.' This is so true, even as believers in Christ who are sovereignly chosen to be adopted into his family, we often don't see God correctlyand therefore don't see ourselves correctly. In our passage for this week, Paul addresses this vision problem ...

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Gospel Confidence in Persecution


What is our call as Christ’s Church in the West regarding the 47 killed, 100 injured, and thousands morning the loss of friends and family in the Coptic Church in Egypt?...

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Week 5 - Lesson 3

Read: John 3:16-21 Darkness and light. These are huge themes in the gospel of John. In John 3:16-21 Jesus is clear with Nicodemus that when it comes to Godthere is no neutrality. V. 16 is clear: believe and have eternal life; choose not to believe and perish. It's often said that Jesus wasn't God, but merely a "good teacher" or "good example." Really? What kind of "good t...

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Week 5 - Lesson 2

Read: John 3:14-16 John 3:16 seems to be the most well-known bible verse in existence. Rarely, however, do we see it in its context. In v. 14 Jesus references Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness. Jesus is referencing a narrative from Numbers 21:4-9. In that passage, the wandering Israelites begin to grumble against God and Moses for bringing them "out of Egypt ...

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Week 5 - Lesson 1

Read: John 3:1-15 Let's be honestJesus uses some weird language in John 3:1-15. But keep in mind the context here: Jesus is speaking to a learned, educated, and deeply religious leaderNicodemus. This Pharisee approaches Jesus by night (probably to avoid being seen by others) and "confesses" to Jesus one important thing in v. 2: "we know You (Jesus) are from God" At first ...

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Week 3 - Lesson 2

The truth is, Jesus is the only One that can provide what we truly need....

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Week 3 - Lesson 3

Everything we are, and everything we do is a sacrifice of worship to God....

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Week 3 - Lesson 1

During this season of Lent, let us reflect on what God has done through Christ, despite our unworthiness....

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Week 1 - Lesson 2

Over the coming weeks, we will be looking at personal encounters with Jesus in the Gospels. Our hope is that through the study of Scripture, through prayer, and through fasting—we, as a church, would draw closer to Christ by encountering His life-changing presence in fresh ways....

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Is God Still With Us?


This week has been a difficult week. I have felt the influence of the evil one; whispering lies, convincing me that I am not good enough. Telling me that my past sin is too much for Jesus to overcome. Weighing me down with guilt and shame. ‘Why would God want to dwell with you?’...

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Bible Reading Resources


Within the pages of Scripture we find the very Word of God--given to us for His glory and our good. Want to hear from the Spirit of God in 2017? Open your Bible....

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No Vacancy


Now you would think that if God so rules the world as to use an empire-wide census to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, he surely could have seen to it that a room was available in the inn......

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St. Patrick's Breastplate


Many have commented on the beautiful prayer that was read in the Worship Gathering on November 27th. The prayer is an excerpt from the final section of St. Patrick's Breastplate, also known as The Lorica of St. Patrick. The Lorica is a prayer attributed to one of Ireland's most beloved patron saints....

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Today, on Thanksgiving, I am grateful for you--my church family. When my wife and I think about family, we think about those we have the pleasure of doing life with. We think about the people who have stood by our side when the days are difficult. We think about the brothers and sisters who love us enough to call us out on our sin--and point us to the glorious gospel of Je...

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“Repentance,” as Thomas Watson explains, “is a pure gospel grace.” Without Christ, the message is “sin and die.” But in Christ, the good news is “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand...”...

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Whom Shall I Fear?

In the terrifying moments leading up to the surgery, I could almost hear God whispering, “I am your light, I am your salvation; don’t be afraid. I am the stronghold of your life; don’t be afraid.”...

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Love One Another


This was certainly a great ministry to my family, but bigger than that was the impact this tangible love made on those around us....

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