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      Believe in someone

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      Why is it so easy to believe in things?


      Ghosts.
      Conspiracies.
      Ancient myths.
      Witches.
      Sasquatches.
      Loch ness monsters.


      People actually believe in them.

       

      This is just a human nature things. We believe in things.


      I wanted to share with you why it's important not to believe in things, but to believe in someONE.

      BE STILL, I GOT THIS

      ⏱ Read Time: 3-4 min

      I recently preached a sermon on the passage in Psalm where it reads, "Be still & know that I am God." (Psalm 46)


      But I think I got this verse wrong for a long time, check out this post & see what I learned.


      I hope it encourages you to press into Jesus  

      WAS JESUS PLAN B?

      ⏱ Read Time: 3-4 min

      Have you ever thought "Was Jesus plan b?"

      It is easy to think that it is, that it was, when you read Genesis and you watch the story unfold. 


      You read through the whole story and see they do the ONLY thing God told them not to do and think..


      "The plan was for this Adam and Eve's thing to work and then the talking snake just messed it all up."


      But Jesus was never plan B .

      your best isn't good enough

      ⏱ Read Time: 3-4 min

      That phrase may be super jarring. "Wait, why would you say that my best isn't good enough?! That is terrible."


      But what if that is the best news ever? What if that is exactly what you need to hear?

      MICHAEL JORDAN POINTS TO GODWHETHER HE KNOWS IT OR NOT

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      Michael Jordan is special.

      6 NBA Finals MVP awards.

      14 All-Star games.

      30.1 points per game — the most by any NBA player ever.

      It reads like an unbelievable résumé. But that’s not what made him special

      HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! DOES ANYONE ELSEKINDA HATE THEIR LIFE RIGHT NOW?

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      This Mother’s Day is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. God willing, we will never have to live through another global pandemic — quarantined to our homes and forsaking friends and extended family in the name of social distancing.   

      Finding god in star wars

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      May the 4th be with you! 


      The first time I saw Star Wars, I was speechless. I had never seen anything like it in my life. 


      But after many years — and the prequel trilogy filling in some gaps — I came to more deeply appreciate these films… 


      And I found my story with God in Star Wars. 


      God wanted it broken

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      My daughter talks about a lot of things at the dinner table. 


      “Can I do a somersault in the bath tonight?”

      “Frozen has the BEST songs ever of any movie ever!” 

      “I want to fly but I’d be a pony too.” 


      But ever since Easter, she’s been on a kick about brokenness.








      What Can Quarantine Teach Us About Heaven?

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      Last week, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis gave towns and cities the go-ahead to reopen beaches, allowing time throughout the day to get outside and forget about the lockdown if even for an hour or two. 


      And it went about as you’d expect. 


      Thousands of people showed up within minutes of the announcement. After weeks of limiting social interaction, these people were craving the outdoors. The sunlight, the wind, the waves, the sounds, the smells… 


      It made me think about heaven. 


      Our lives here are a shadow of what they will be with Jesus in heaven..

      19 HILARIOUS TWITTER MEMES THAT TELL THE STORY OF EASTER WEEKEND

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      We hope everyone had a happy Easter weekend! 


      If you’re like me, you get a little confused with the timeline of what happened when… it’s a very busy three days! 


      Never fear because these 19 hilarious Twitter memes will help you keep it all straight! 

      JESUS LOVES THE TIGER KING

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      In a world where entire nations are on lockdown, families are being quarantined, and sports have been cancelled… there’s quite a bit of extra time on our hands. 


      I’m not proud to admit it, but I used a lot of that time catching up on the most talked about documentary of the last two weeks: 


      Tiger King. 


      And while the documentary had more than enough twists and turns on its own, I wasn’t prepared for what God was going to teach me by the end. 

      I almost quit my job today

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      It has been a stressful couple of weeks and it will be hard to navigate through the next couple of months. I’ll need to work hard to keep a steady paycheck. But my panic wasn’t just because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to pay the bills. It was something else…


      If I’m honest with myself, I was insecure because far too much of my identity is wrapped up in how well I do my job.


      I was doing my job poorly, so what am I worth?

      11 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR DURING A PANDEMIC

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      Moments of crisis reveal who we really are.


      Christians are no stranger to pandemics. From the moment Jesus reached out and touched a man full of leprosy, the call to heal the sick has been clear...


      Love your neighbor as yourself. 


      And over the years, Christians have taken Jesus’ example to heart no matter what plague or illness has come upon their neighbors.

      JESUS WANTS YOU TO BE GOOD DIRT

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      Have you ever walked a corn field with a farmer?


       I have. 


      They’re obsessed with dirt. And when I say obsessed... I mean obsessed. They’ll weigh it, observe it, and measure it. They’ll run it through their fingertips. They’ll even taste it. 


      And they do all of this because good soil is the most important part of growing good crops.

      THE CORONAVIRUS NEEDS CHRISTIANS WHO DON’T PANIC

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      In the face of a worldwide pandemic, it’s easy to be anxious. 


      How can I prevent getting sick? 


      What if my children come down with it? 


      How will I make ends meet if I miss work for a couple of weeks? 


      Why would God do this?

      All is Grace: Grace vs Mercy

      ⏱ Watch Time: 2-3 min

      You've probably heard the word grace before. You've probably heard the word mercy before. 


      But have you ever really understood what the difference is? 


      Take a look at our latest blog and video as we dive in to the difference and why we need both.

      5 tips for studying the bible

      ⏱ Watch Time: 7 min

      It isn't enough to talk about reading the Bible, we have to actually sit down & read it.


      Watch @HonestYouthPastor give some really simple, practical tips for studying your Bible.

      What does it mean to bear witness?

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      Jesus says, "I came into the world to bear witness to the truth."


      But what does He mean?

      And what does that mean for us. 


      Take a look at our latest blog post to learn more about what God is calling us to in this phrase.

      STOP BEING DEAD

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      Jesus has called us out of death to live. 


      Don't run back to the the dead things, run to the the things that bring life. 


      Don't work to gain favor with God, work to rest in his unending, never giving up, always pursuing, unimaginable grace.

      DON'T EAT YELLOW PAINT

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      There is a story going around the internet about Vincent Van Gogh, the famous artist, that later on in his life, he wanted to eat yellow paint. 


      He said that he hoped it would make him happy, because yellow is a happy color. It might be a true story, might not be. It doesn't really matter. The deeper truth is the same. 

      our dna

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      We put together a list of things that are really important to us, we can even call them our DNA. 


      If you have ever wondered what we are about, you should definitely check this out.


      Click below to learn about the heartbeat and DNA of our brand.

      I failed 2019

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      I always start the year off with a ton of goals & resolutions. And 2019 was no different. 


      You get it.And every year, right around December 26th, it all starts to set in. 


      I didn't do anything I set out to.I mean I did some of it, sort of.But not like I hoped I would.I failed...

      christian, you don't need kanye

      ⏱ Read Time: 3-5 min

      This is something that we have been thinking about for awhile. 


      But before you get frustrated, or confused you should click below and just give it a read. 


      We think this is a pretty important read.

      don't be a demas

      ⏱ Read Time: 1-2 min

      Want to know who the saddest character in the Bible is? His name is Demas.


      You might be thinking, "Demas? Who the heck is Demas?"And you aren't alone. Most people probably don't know who he is. 


      Yet, he is truly one of the saddest stories in the entire Bible

      All upside down

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      In Revelation 4, John tells us what he sees in his vision of heaven. And it's nuts.


      We see people throwing their crowns at the feet of God. But why?!

      what does tetelestai mean?

      ⏱ Read Time: 2-3 min

      The last words of Jesus on the cross were this phrase: Tetelestai. 


      It is Greek for "It is Finished!" But what did he mean? And why is that important for us today?

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