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The God of New Beginnings

Posted by Rich McCaskill on

There are three types of people when it comes to entering a new year. First we have the cynic who has been around the block before and does not get much excitement from a new say on the calendar. Second we have the fool who is so naive that he thinks he can achieve the impossible as long as he...

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The Beauty of Dying to Self

Posted by Rich McCaskill on

Every year in the Pacific Northwest we are treated to an array of exploding color flying from the branches of our many deciduous trees. Maples, Cottonwoods, Alders, Pacific Madrones, and Birch trees remind us to look up from our phones and marvel at the beauty of creation. David Lee, professor...

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God's Heart for the Poor

Posted by Rich McCaskill on

Since this week our youth are serving the poor in Seattle I thought it would be valuable to remind ourselves what Scripture says about God’s heart for the poor. Where did poverty come from? Poverty was not part of God’s original design for his creation. When God made the world, he...

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The Power of Love

Posted by Rich McCaskill on

Here in Seattle we have been hit with a heavy snow fall this week. It resulted in a snow-day for my five kids. They love it. As we struggled to dig a path for our cars to leave the driveway it struck me that trying to get rid of snow is like trying to get rid of our moral shortcomings. You can...

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Thoughts From John 12

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John 12 – Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was from, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive...

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The Importance of Seeing Your Work in Light of God's Story

Posted by Rich McCaskill on

The world was made by God in the same way that a fine wine is made by a winemaker. The winemaker is responsible for its complexity and its existence. But it is not made only for him. The wine is made for others to enjoy. In the same way God made the world for us to enjoy. God was perfectly...

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Loving Your Social Media Neighbor

Posted by Tyler Saldaña on

We’ve all had those opportunities: someone has posted a controversial photo, a seemingly racist/hateful status update, or attached a right-or-leftwing extremist “article” or propaganda-like video that clearly lacked credibility. You ask yourself, “Do I comment and start...

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