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OVERCOMING SPIRITUAL COMPLACENCY

Narratives Church, By Ben Phaychanpheng It was my honor and pleasure preaching to you all. As a recap to my "Intentional Living in Christ" sermon, I went over three key themes. • Spiritual complacency • Examples of spiritual complacency • Warnings against complacency...

I THANK YOU, GOD, THAT I AM NOT . . .

"Whenever there is trouble over who is the greatest, there is trouble over who is the least. That is the crux of the matter for us, isn't it? Most of us know we will never be the greatest; just don't let us be the least." - Richard J. Foster in his book 'Celebration...

ARE YOU AUTHENTIC?

Christianity has gone abuzz with trending the word "authentic." I have literally viewed over a couple dozen websites of churches that list "authenticity" as a core value for their community. And none of them, no not one, has from where their authenticity is derived....

EXTRAORDINARY ROUTINES!

I woke up Monday, feeling as though my soul had been plundered. Odd use of the word, eh? The definition of plunder, according to Webster, is to "take the goods of by force (as in war): pillage, sack invaders plundered the town." How, then, would the word plunder...

ELDER BOARD ORDINATION

Dear Narratives Peeps, Narratives Church has sailed the sea of transition many times spiritually, physically and administratively. Over the past eight years we transitioned from meeting in rotating homes to settling in a three car garage, to now, meeting in our...

SOMETIMES BOILING FROGS ARE A GOOD THING

By Lori Arnold Most of us are familiar with the modern, secular parable of the frog in boiling water. The story goes that if you put a frog in lukewarm water and slowly heat it up on a stove, the frog will never notice the temperature change or the pending danger, so...

GOING DEEPER WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

Two Sundays ago, Pastor Mark preached on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. One of the points he brought out was the role of the Holy Spirit as comforter, one who comes along side us and guides us during uncertain and or difficult times. Paul Tautges’ article below is an...

THE TEACHER IS ALWAYS SILENT DURING THE TEST!

The Miller family spent the evening watching the movie “God’s Not Dead Part 2” Sunday evening. I have been impressed at the quality of Christian movies lately, especially after also recently seeing “The War Room.” They have come a long way. But I’m not a movie critic,...

MEMORIAL DAY AND THE CHRISTIAN TRUTH

I just returned from an intensive week in Washington D. C. were 160 California pastors were treated to a series of events highlighting America’s spiritual heritage and the need for clergy engagement. As a result, this Memorial Day has a heightened awareness of the...

If not YOU, then the ROCKS!

As he was now drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace...

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?!

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?! Have you ever searched Scripture to find out how many times God is referred to as “Father” in relation to those created in His image—you and me? Hundreds! In the NT alone, of Jesus’ 25,000 recorded words, he mentions God as Father 181 times! In each...

WHERE ARE THE MIRACLES?

“Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’ " — Luke 8:50 Jairus, a wealthy, well-respected leader of the Synagogue in the city of Capernaum, is standing near Jesus as the news comes about his dying 12-year-old...