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The Power of Practice

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How many of you want more peace? As we survey what is happening around us, the obvious answer from rational people would be a definite yes! But what is peace? When I was younger, I thought peace was the absence of trouble. Back then, a peaceful day meant that things went smoothly and people were nice to me. But as you grow older, what do you realize? There’s always going to be troubles, struggles, and challenges. If peace means the absence of all these things, you will never have peace. In the Bible, peace is described as wholeness, blessing, and fulfillment. When an ancient Jew said to you, “peace be with you” they weren’t saying, “I hope people are nice to you today.” They were really saying … “May God’s help and strength and favor be with you.” As we see in Philippians 4, the key to experiencing peace is...
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Running the Wrong Way

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In 1964, the Minnesota Vikings were playing the San Francisco 49’ers when Vikings defensive lineman Jim Marshall recovered a fumble. Unfortunately for Marshall, the cameras captured the entire play. As you might imagine, defensive linemen aren't accustomed to handling the football. He scooped it up, tucked it under his arm, and began running ... the wrong way! Only when a 49'er hugged him in the end zone did Marshall recognize what had happened. The only person who didn’t realize Jim Marshall was running the wrong way was Jim Marshall. In Philippians 3, the Apostle Paul admits that for a big chunk of his life, he had been running wrong way. Ever felt like that yourself? The good news of the gospel is that God can set us on a different path. What is that path? As Paul discovered and then taught, our ultimate pursuit in life is to know Christ...
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Living for What Matters Most (video)

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Our ultimate pursuit in life is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection. This life-long pursuit begins the moment you surrender your life to Christ. As much as I’d like to give you 3 easy steps, the truth is it requires pressing on and straining forward. The Apostle Paul was still growing, learning, and developing. But unlike his pre-Christian days, the Apostle Paul isn’t simply trying to make himself a better person – he’s relying on the power of God. 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 Planters of the Rockies masters in...
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Pursuing Christ

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12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:12-14 Our ultimate pursuit in life is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection. This is a life-long pursuit that begins the moment you surrender your life to Christ. As much as I’d like to give you 3 easy steps, the truth is it requires pressing on and straining forward. There’s no fast-forward button on discipleship process. The Apostle...
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Participation or Association

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Due to COVID-19, we made the switch to online-only services in March of 2020. For months, we gathered the worship team and any weekend speakers to prerecord our worship services. Even after we resumed in-person services, we continued to prerecord our online services on Saturday night. I often said during this time, "Aren't you glad this isn't 1985?" In other words, we are fortunate to live in a time where technology allows us to stay connected. We can watch a weekend service in our living room, attend a small group via Zoom, and enjoy countless other ways of communicating. But I have to admit, it was a bit weird preaching to a camera and an empty room. The camera never blinks, nods in approval, or appears confused (all regular expressions of a live audience!). In other settings, like recording our small group teaching material or shooting a promo video, speaking...
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