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Ken

Easter 2021

By Church
Life isn’t a game. Life is a gift. Instead of viewing life as a game to win, I’ve come to see life as a gift to enjoy. But how do we enjoy life? Is it about making yourself feel better? If so … then what do we do when life stinks? If life is a gift, then who is the giver? Is it purely a matter of biological activity? As a person of faith, I believe God is the source of life. And I believe Jesus was God in the flesh. You might not believe either of those 2 things. That’s OK. I'm not asking you to believe the creation story or that Jesus is Son of God. I am asking you to take his message seriously. What is that message? God loves you and through Jesus offers you real life. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking...
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The World We Have and the World We Want to Have

By Church, Leadership
Like many other things, I did not choose to be a Cubs fan. It chose me. Had I been born in Los Angeles or New York City, there's a good chance I would have been a life-long Dodgers or Yankees fan. But, by the mercy of God, I arrived at St. Francis Hospital on a November's day in Peoria, IL, and didn't leave again until I went away to college. I had other childhood friends, even a few of my own brothers -- born at the same hospital -- who became (of all things) Cardinal fans! To be fair, Central Illinois is sort of the baseball version of the Mason-Dixon line in Illinois. Some become Cubs fans, others grope in the darkness. As I look back over the factors that shaped my life, I have to admit I had zero control over many of them: I was born in 1969...
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Jesus Died for Us (video)

By Church, Preaching
The heart of the gospel is that Christ died for us. The message of Christianity is not about what we do for God but what he has done for us. What makes this message even more remarkable is that “Christ died for the ungodly” and “while we were still sinners.” In other words, he didn’t reward us for our good behavior. It’s important to note that it is God who took the initiative: “God demonstrates his own love for us.” We respond in faith to what God has already done. Watch more videos at the Mountainview YouTube channel. Looking for a Speaking Coach? The most successful people are not always the smartest people. But they have one thing in common: they communicate well. I'd love to help you become a better communicator. Click here. My Background 25+ years of senior leadership experience church planter with Stadia former former president, Church...
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Good Times Don’t Always Produce Good Societies

By Leadership
Passing along a good read ... ********************* In Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, Sebastian Junger argues that modern society robs us of the solidarity we need to thrive. Unfortunately, he writes, “The beauty and the tragedy of the modern world is that it eliminates many situations that require people to demonstrate commitment to the collective good.” As life becomes safer, it is easier for us to live detached lives. We can meet all of our needs in relative isolation, which prevents us from building a strong connection to a common purpose. In our normal day to day, we rarely need to show courage, turn to our communities for help, or make sacrifices for the sake of others. Read the whole article: https://fs.blog/2020/06/crisis/ ********************* Experience and Background 25+ years of senior leadership experience masters in management and leadership presenter at the WFX National Conference former president, Church Planters of the Rockies...
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Decisions Set Direction

By Church
A father had brought his demon-possessed son to Jesus' disciples in order to be healed. They could not do it. When Jesus arrives (after the Transfiguration), the father asks Jesus what seems to be a reasonable request: If you can do anything to help, it sure would be appreciated. The next two verses record Jesus' response and the father's reaction: “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” - Mark 9:23-24 Many of us can relate to this father … I really do believe in Jesus. I really do believe God is in control. It's relatively easy to believe in God when life is relatively easy. But then there are those moments when life is difficult, a marriage falls apart, or a child rebels. In those moments, we might wonder why and feel...
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