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State of the Church 2016: Celebrating the ‘Small but Mighty’

Earlier this month, Barna Group released findings from its State of the Church 2016 study.

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How Far Grace Goes

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

To those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people . . . Grace and peace to you. . . .
1 Corinthians 1:2-3

We’re not sure what happened when my friend Ron died in a car crash. Did the car malfunction? Did Ron have a stroke or a heart attack? We don’t know. It could also be that Ron was drunk or on drugs or even that he crashed on purpose.

If so, it would mean that Ron had sunk into misery again. It would mean that after our small group of believers there stopped meeting, and after his friend Andy died, Ron fell back into old patterns of despair and old methods of coping.

You might say, “Well, if so, then Ron went to hell.” Other people might conclude that sanctification is a cruel pipe dream. If sanctification is just a matter of trying and trying but continuing to fail, then what’s the point?

But no! Don’t buy any of that. Get rid of those thoughts. Sanctification in and through Christ is God’s work, by God’s power, according to God’s vision. We are treasures in God’s eyes, even in our worst moments. A gold mine is mostly mud, but the treasure is there. And God doesn’t forsake his people, in spite of the mud.

Read the whole book of 1 ­Cor­in­thians, and notice all the mud. Yet Paul calls the people sanctified brothers and sisters.

This is how God sees it. And this is how God saw it at the moment of Ron’s death, no matter the circumstances. In Christ, nothing separates us from the love of God.

Faithful God, according to your love, remember me. Today again I rest in your hands. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

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Lights Out

Terrene’s power has gone out. No television, no X-monsters gaming, and no community fundraising dinner. When the kids complain that there’s nothing to do, Granny sends them on an adventure to Falcon’s Wood. What’s Scooter worried about? And Liz better watch where he’s going!...

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Transitions + Thanks

Life is full of transitions. That’s what I told my friends at ReFrame Media as I began to let them know I’m leaving my role at Church Juice to pursue other opportunities while staying in the Chicago area. Nearly nine years ago, I came into this role in major, personal transition. I was newly married, living in a city I didn’t know while attempting to make a career pivot. While...

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Establishing Justice at Home

Do you struggle with managing discipline and order in your family? Discover some ways that your family can follow God's heart for justice starting at home.

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Justice and Righteousness

It seems that on earth, justice cannot keep up with evil and corruption. Yet in both the Old and New Testaments, the Bible makes it clear that God cares about justice and the social well-being of his people. The words of the prophets and of Jesus reveal to us that in God's eyes, justice is intricately connected with righteousness. Studying the relationship between justice and righteousness leads us to a better understanding of what this means for how we live faithfully as followers of Jesus Christ. 

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The Power of Forgiveness

09.26.2016 The Power of Forgiveness

At some point in your life, you’ve had to forgive someone. A negligent barb hit its mark and replays, ad nauseum, in your mind. Perhaps you’ve suffered a deeper wound caused by someone’s abuse, abandonment, or assault. The ache of such an injury can linger for years, even a lifetime. Actually...

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Transitions at Church Juice

09.15.2016 Transitions at Church Juice

Someone once said, “Change is like a freight train; you can either jump on or get hit.” One big change is rolling through ReFrame Media. Church Juice founder and project lead, Jerod Clark, has transitioned away to a senior communications role at another non-profit organization. We miss him...

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