This Day is a Gift

This day— this moment of humming wires and climbing weeds, the smell of someone grilling in the distance, the laughter of children as they splash through a sprinkler, the gentle clink of ice in cool drink—this day is a gift. Rejoice in it all. Even the parts that make your eyes water.

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Winning and other ways to lose

It’s easy to become cynical as you go through life and begin to feel like in some ways maybe nothing matters. To think maybe we should just spin the wheel, take the safest bet, and resign ourselves to the idea its all flashing lights and cheap prizes.  But that’s not it. 

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Everything You Never Need

We have so much. Maybe we are sometimes left poorer for it. It begins to own us. But spring reminds us it’s never too late to start fresh, dig deep, and bloom where we are planted. You already have what you need, no matter what the commercials and billboards and pop up ads and tell you. You are enough just as you are. And as for the rest of it, well, it’s time to clean house.

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Crying on Call Day

Reflecting on the last three years, and the journey God has taken my family on, I wanted to share words of encouragement to the men, women and children about to embark on a godly path who may not be filled with joy by the end of the night. The last three years have taught me God truly is in control and knows what He’s doing.

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Mixed In, Not Mixed Up

We never know what God is up to, and sometimes it is years before His timing is right. Just like knowing when to change differential fluid in a truck, be aware of the Spirits leading to get mixed into some one’s life who is struggling with sin, and be careful not to get mixed up in the lifestyle as well. 

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Spontaneous Overflow

Is there any spontaneous overflow of Jesus in our lives? Is Jesus spilling out of us into the lives of others? Allow this to be an encouragement to you in that it’s not about how long Jesus has been in our lives, nor about how much we know about the Bible, simply that we know he is living water, the Savior, the cross bearing, blood shedding, sin forgiving, death conquering King of Kings and his offer is free for all!

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Perfect Conditions

Are we waiting for perfect conditions before we start a conversation concerning the Bible and the good of Jesus Christ crucified and risen? If that’s the case we will end up like the two ladies who rarely walk outside, rarely stepping out and sharing our faith. Conditions are almost never perfect.

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A Thrill of Hope

I will not wait this year to decorate for Christmas. I will sing the old songs loudly, I will put out twinkling lights to pierce the night. And though it is dark, I will celebrate. A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices—and not a moment too soon.

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Matthew Schuler
Proposed Worship Schedule Redesign

After a long time of prayer, and discussion with elders, church leadership and our musicians and staff, I’d like us to consider a redesigned worship schedule at Holy Cross which would provide access to Sunday school and Bible study for people who attend both of our services.

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Flawless

“This one is too new. Yours smells like memories and looks like it's been well loved. This one just sat to the side. We'll have to put some time into mussing it up.”

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