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EQUIP Conference

Tomorrow afternoon, a group of us Rockies are making a 750 mile round-trip trek to Corpus Christi for the EQUIP conference. This conference is being hosted at Solid Rock Worship Center, but is being taught by Pastor Sergio De La Mora of Cornerstone Church (San Diego, CA) and his staff. I think we're a little crazy to travel this far for an overnight trip, but I truly believe it'll be worth our time and effort. I also think it'll be a lot of fun to travel with the group that is going. I'm expecting to receive substantial and significant teaching about doing the Lord's work at this conference. It's gonna be good! Pray for us this weekend. We'll be back late Saturday night so we can be in church Sunday morning. See you then!

Free from Tomorrow's Pessimism

There are a lot of pessimistic people today. They’re pessimistic about government, about schools, about religion and churches. They’re pessimistic about the economy, and their jobs. The truth is, people have lost faith in a lot of things. But really when you get down to it, most people are discouraged about personal issues. And some are very pessimistic and cynical. The reality is that when you are pessimistic, you are unhappy. And being unhappy is a terrible way to live. Pessimism causes unhappiness, but that is where a lot of people are. They are without hope. What is it that causes people to lose hope? Why is it that we lose hope so quickly? When it comes down to it, there are two reasons why people lose hope. People lose hope when they face a situation that needs to be changed and they can’t change it. It might be a circumstance you wish you could change, or maybe a person in your life, or maybe yourself. But whatever it is th

Free from Today's Pressures

Life is getting more complex; it seems to be is speeding up. It certainly isn’t as simple as it used to be. Steve Farrar says that we no longer have alarm clocks; now we have starter pistols. We’ve even come up with a whole new vocabulary of terms to describe our stress and the pressures of today’s living. We say, “I'm worn out, stressed out, burned out, run down, used up, bushed, exhausted, frazzled, bone weary and dead tired. I'm on my last leg , at the end of my rope . I'm about to come unglued . I'm ready to throw in the towel .” Sometimes the stress gets so heavy you feel like you’re at a breaking point. You feel like you’re going to go under for the last time. And you wonder, “How can I handle this pressure?” When you’re under pressure you need two things. You need strength and you need stability. God offers them both to you. Isaiah 40:28-29 (NIV) Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator o

Free from Yesterday's Pain

This past week, two American journalists were set free from captivity in North Korea. I can only imagine their joy and relief at being released from their imprisonment. It was truly a moment to celebrate, not just this week but for the rest of their lives. Can there be anything scarier than to be imprisoned? Yet, that describes our lives without Jesus. But Jesus came to set us free! In John 8, Jesus made an incredibly profound statement. He said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. And if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:32, 36) You’ll be really free. What was He talking about? What does He set me free from? Today, we will talk about how Jesus sets us free from yesterday’s pain. For the most part, we like to remember the past. We remember difficult days, but what we really like to do is celebrate past victories. This summer, my family and I went back to Corpus Christi, and did a lot of reminiscing. What we didn’t do