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Our Hometown Worship section is where you'll find our area churches directory, special features about local churches and church leaders and obituaries. Devotional pieces from Pastors Bill Mantel, Joel Seibel (Amazing Grace) and Rick Warren (A Purpose Driven Life) grace the pages of this section, along with columns by Sherida Nett.

 

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Pride destroys relationships, humility builds them

Do you not perceive it

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Let go and let God

The opposite of faith

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Blessed are the poor

In Matthew 5, we find Jesus being followed by large crowds. He had been going throughout Galilee healing every disease and sickness among the people.

I’m sure that if Jesus was going through Aitkin County today, healing all the people of every disease and sickness, He would draw huge crowds just as He did 2,000 years ago.

The people back then were no different than the people today, other than dressing different from us they had the same needs and hurts. That’s one of the reasons that God’s Word is as powerful today as it was back then. Whatever Jesus taught that day on the mountain side is equally important to us right now.

He starts out with what is called the “Beatitudes.” Beginning in verse: 3, Jesus teaches, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, (Let’s stop there for a moment. The commentary here, reads: “Blessed.” The word here means more than “happy” because happiness is an emotion often dependent on outward circumstances. “Blessed” here refers to the inward spiritual joy of those who share in the salvation of the ...

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Do you not perceive it

Fish, fish and more fish

A psalm

United as one

Transitions

Let go and let God

The opposite of faith

He has risen

Passion Week

Pride destroys relationships,
humility builds them

Pride destroys relationships. It shows up in a lot of different ways, like criticism, competition, stubbornness, and superficiality.

The problem with pride is it’s self-deceiving. Everybody else can see it in us but us. When you have a problem with pride, you don’t see it in your life.

Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride leads to destruction; a proud attitude brings ruin” (NCV). I love this verse in the Message paraphrase: “First pride, then the crash — the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.”

Pride destroys relationships, but humility is the antidote to pride. Humility builds relationships. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:8, “Live in harmony, be sympathetic, love each other, have compassion, and be humble” (GWT).

How are you and I going to grow in humility? It happens by letting Jesus Christ begin to control our thoughts and hearts and attitudes and reactions. He’s got to be a part of this. Ephesians 4:23-24 says, “Let the Spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person” (CEV).

How do you become a new person? How do you start to think in a ...

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Fish, fish and more fish

A psalm

United as one

Transitions

Let go and let God

The opposite of faith

He has risen

Passion Week

I can do it myself

Do you not perceive it?

The Bible tells us that God never sleeps. He is constantly doing something. Nothing gets past Him, and nothing goes unnoticed.

That’s because He is omnipresent, which means He is everywhere, always. And He never stops working on us.

2 Corinthians 3:18 says that, “We are being transformed into the likeness of Christ with ever increasing glory.”

We are in a process that God is taking us through as He molds and shapes us into the likeness of His Son. The potter is at work creating in us a new vessel fit for His use.

This transforming process never stops, it continues until God takes us home, and I’m pretty sure it won’t stop then. So while we are still here in our mortal bodies, He continues to do new things in our lives. So we can be aware of what He’s doing, God gives us a heads up, even ...

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