I Double-Dog Dare You

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The gap between young and old widens more by the month, it seems. How do we disciple the next generation without abandoning the gospel? It is possible to win the next generation for Christ but it will be an uncomfortable, but necessary, journey for us. But we can do this! Join us as we see how young people today don’t care about what you say is true; they care about what you show them is real.


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King Josiah is remembered for initiating the greatest spiritual reform since Israel became a nation. As we study his life, we’ll see that lasting outward reform begins with a sincere heart commitment, is sustained with the help of others, and keeps God’s Word central. As we continue to ask God to help us follow him into what’s uncomfortable, let’s revisit and cherish what he has already communicated to us.


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Some stories in the Bible make you think, "I can relate to that person!" The story of Gideon is one where we see Gideon's very human response to God's superhuman request. Join us as Mike Tabor from The Happy Church officially "Double-Dog Dares" us not to learn something about discounted leadership.


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Equal commitment. Equal sacrifice. What does that look like when each of us has different gifts, levels of experience, and resources to offer? Our desire as a church is that each person would contribute to what God is calling us to as His hands and feet in a broken world. Join us as we look at the story of Nehemiah. We'll discover that when we all believe in the calling God has given us we will each choose to take a leap of faith into the uncomfortable, equally contributing according to what we are able.


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It is daunting to step into a new territory, a new challenge, or a new normal. But what if God is calling you toward that unseen, unrealized destination? What makes the difference is whether we are fully convinced that God has called us or not. Join us as we discover from the nomad Abram that when we truly know our God-given purpose in life we will choose a leap of faith into the unknown, precisely where God calls us to be.


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Ever felt like God was asking you to do the impossible? The truth is God doesn't expect you to do the impossible; He invites you to do the uncomfortable. As we begin a new series on Mother's Day, we'll see from the biblical story of Esther that God is always at work around us even when we cannot see evidence. Join us as we learn that when we know whose we are, we will choose to take a leap of faith into the uncomfortable, right where God wants to use us.

Galatians

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The Bible is clear that we are adopted into God's family through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. But how do we stay in the family? Join us as we hear Paul's colorful response to this controversy that divided one of the first churches.

Guardrails

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Most of us tend to find ourselves either wanting more stuff or hoarding the stuff we already have. There's nothing wrong with stuff, but if we aren't careful we end up serving our stuff rather than our stuff serving us. What we need are financial guardrails in our lives! See a powerful guardrail Jesus gave us to ensure that we enjoy and use our resources as God intended them to be used.


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Have you ever wished you didn't have to make hard decisions in the heat of the moment? We all do. Guardrails are intended to help drivers spot potential danger and protect us when we veer off the road. In life, God calls us wise when we are willing to put guardrails in our lives which do the same. Join us as we see that some of the best decisions we could ever make are the ones we never actually knew we were making.

The Lord is my Shepherd

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Easter is the celebration of how Jesus was once dead and is now alive! But theEaster story can be our story as well. Though we find ourselves "dead" in our sins, Jesus can make us "alive" again. And when we are at the end of our rope, God graciously pursues us and rearranges our life in a way we never thought possible.


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Our children's ministry is growing, and we want to grow with it! As we revamp and grow our capacity to show the next generation real relationships with people and Jesus, we have exciting things to share with you. Join us as we invite you to participate in the next wave of shepherding our kids in the name of Jesus.


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Jesus is the Good Shepherd protecting His flock. But in a change of the metaphor, he also told us he laid down his life on our behalf and took it up again. Join us as we see that the Good Shepherd became the lamb slain so that we could rejoice as His redeemed people forever


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Sheep know the voice of their shepherd. They don't ever follow the voice of a stranger because they do not trust strangers. What if we Christians chose to only listen to the voice of God and never followed the other voices who want to lead us to destruction? Join us as we identify the difference between the voices that want to destroy us and the voice of the One who wants to take care of us.


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It's easy to forget that we are continually on a journey with our Shepherd to our final resting place. Join us as we learn that all of Scripture is an account of God leading His flock from their first pasture to their final resting place. We will also see that He uses people to shepherd His flock, and yet, His sheep are able to say that they truly lack nothing. 


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Do you ever feel like you just can't ever seem to have enough? Psalm 23 reminds us that the Lord provides more than enough for us. We see that having "enough" is more a matter of knowing where to find what we need than achieving what we think we need.


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There are good reasons why God is likened to a shepherd and we to sheep in the Bible. When we understand how we are like sheep, we'll better trust that the shepherd will take care of us. There's no better place to be than in the care of one who never stops providing for His own. We continue our study of Psalm 23 and see that the shepherd knows what each sheep needs.


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Sheep are mentioned in the Bible more than 500 times. The picture of a shepherd with sheep was a routine part of life. Perhaps the most famous psalm is a comparison between God as the Shepherd of His sheep, namely us. Join us as we begin to venture on a journey this year of discovering how to experience what it means to say,
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing."


Haiti Team Responses

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Partnership. We don't just talk about it; we live it! The team of 14 we sent from our church has returned from a week with our partner church in Cabaret, Haiti. Join us as we hear what God did while they were in Haiti and share in the joy of how God is blessing our partnership with Pastor Jackson and the church in Cabaret.


Change

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Why do some people always find ways to rejoice even when life is hard while others can't seem to ever rejoice in any circumstance? A few simple disciplines make the difference between deep, spiritual change and deep cynicism. Join us as we see the power in choosing to focus on what is within our control and letting go of what is outside of our control.


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Why is deep spiritual change sometimes so hard to experience? What are the secrets to changing our behaviors and our hearts? As we begin a series of conversations, we invite you to join us for part 1 as we see that your behavior ought to reflect your redemption because your Redeemer wants what is best for you.

God the Gift

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The Christmas story is a reminder that God is for the underdog. It was the lowly shepherds who received the good news of the birth of the One who would rescue us from sin and death. Furthermore, God invites each of us to come to Him as we are so that He can change us into who we were created to be. We'll see how we have a "Good Good Father" who welcomes us with open arms into His family, no matter how lowly we think we may be.

THE WONDER OF IT ALL

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We have all heard the story. An angel interrupts a young virgin engaged to be married and tells her that she will supernaturally conceive a baby who would be named Jesus. It's the stuff of household decor. But there's more to this story, both for our understanding of Jesus and for our own lives. We'll see that a heart that truly desires God will never regret God's wonder-full plans.

The Wonder of it All

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Waiting. Waiting in traffic. Waiting at the checkout line. Waiting for your tax return. Waiting for the family to get ready for church. It's part of life. But then there's waiting for the BIG stuff. You don't know what to do and God seems silent. Time is running out and you are losing faith. What do you do? God might not give you the full picture of what's going to happen in advance because waiting is part of his good gift to you!


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The Christmas story is the same every year.  Mixed with exciting commercials of the latest "gotta have" toys for children and adults alike, it can get a bit...boring. Same story. Same nativity scene. Same Christmas season festivities.  What we need is to rediscover our God-given sense of wonder. Join us as we see that Jesus came to earth awaken us to the wonder of God. 

Loose the Chains

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We've spent the last 9 weeks talking about "loosing the chains" of injustice for many groups of marginalized people. We've heard many different voices addressing the topic. What do we do now? Is this a passing fad; a topic we'll put in the archives to be forgotten? Or will this be a defining point in our church? Join us as we look into the future and commit ourselves to faithfully following through to listen, learn, lament, lead, and labor on behalf of injustice in the name of Jesus!


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There may not be any group more vulnerable in this world than those without a mom or dad to care for them. Orphans are among those God clearly told us to care for in our world (James 1:27). This "Orphan Sunday" will be a chance to learn about how each of us can play a part in eradicating the orphan crisis in our world. Each of us can do something to "loose the chains" of injustice for kids who desperately need someone to intervene on their behalf.


This past week in NYC, there was another terrorist attack on our soil. This tragedy reminds us of the challenge we have as followers of Jesus to wrestle with what we are to do with immigrants, refugees, and those who invoke "terror" in us. Join us this Sunday at 10am as we talk about a Christian response to the immigrants and refugees that come to our own backyard of Fort Wayne.


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There is nothing like spending time with friends visiting from out of town! Mike, Connie, and Tiffany Tabor from The Happy Church will join us Sunday and add insight into how we can get busy helping "loose the chains" of injustice where they serve in the poorest region of the US. We will also unveil several action steps we are taking to begin doing something about these injustices. Join us Sunday at 10am, as we continue to learn how to be a blessing other people, near and far, with the love of Jesus.


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Childhood is difficult. But it is not equally so for all. Some kids have it really difficult! This Sunday we will welcome back two different leaders who used to attend CofH and will hear their hearts to help young people within their respective organizations. Join us as Jeff Wike from The Center for Whitley County Youth and Dawnna Plummer from Beloved, Not Forgotten share about the challenges many youth face today and how we can help them overcome the difficult challenges they face.

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Homelessness is a reality for far more people than we think--even right here in our own community. What causes homelessness? What can we do about it? The Lighthouse is Whitley County's transitional housing facility committed to helping those caught in homelessness become whole again. We hear from Shawn Ellis, Executive Director of The Lighthouse, share how we can participate in bringing real solutions to help "loose the chains" of injustice for the homeless in our own community.


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Before God can use us to "loose the chains" of injustice on behalf of others, He might need to "loose the chains" of misunderstanding or pride in our own hearts first. How can we remember to "keep the main thing the main thing" with all the angry rhetoric pummeling us from all directions daily? We desperately need a foundation of biblical truth. Join us Sunday at 10am as we learn that the Gospel is Jesus plus nothing else and is for everyone minus no one!

Access

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It's been said by many that, " We were created for relationship," and we agree! Even the Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) have eternally lived in relationship. In the church, we call it a Christian community. This Sunday morning, Jeff Gill will be sharing form Romans 12:10, a message entitled, "Every Believer's Role in Christian Community."


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Somebody said, "The Church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints." Community of Hope, then, is a place where all of us find support and healing in our lives so that we can invest ourselves fully into the work of the Kingdom of God. Join us as we articulate our vision for the future as God's people doing God's work in our communities and around the world.


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Where are you going? Most of us just try to get through the countless things demanded of us in the week, let alone have time for such frustrating questions. But God wants to re-shape our imaginations in order to give purpose and passion to all that we do. God wants us to pursue the Kingdom of God, the places where Jesus is present and joy, peace, justice, and righteousness are found. Join us as we cover that the Kingdom of God lays claim to everything about us because it is that amazing!


"Who Are We?" God has given those of us in His family a corporate identity that we share together. We are much stronger together than we would ever be by ourselves. Join us  as we see that each of us has an invaluable role to play in God's Church.


"Who are you?" God wants us to answer this question based upon the access we've gained to God through Jesus and the access we give to others because of what Jesus has done for us. The Bible paints a beautiful mosaic of our identity in Christ that is both overwhelming and refreshing.


Pastor Jeremy is back from his sabbatical. From the mountains of Tennessee he was asking God to speak in a fresh way. He shares how God answered a gut-level question we probably all ask at times in our lives: "God, am I good enough...?" Join us as we honestly create space to hear God's answer!

Staying in the Ring

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You may have someone close to you who has a serious heart condition which requires medication, surgery, or other forms of treatment.  Thankfully, in many cases these serious conditions can get caught before it’s too late. The Bible often uses the word “heart” to refer to our souls, the innermost part of who we are. We will be looking at 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 to examine or own heart condition and how to make/keep it healthy.


“If you’re like me, it’s easy to be distracted and miss some of the most important aspects of life, including listening to God! In 1 Thessalonians 4 Paul gives us clear instructions on how to live a life that is pleasing to God and brings Him glory, but we must pay attention.” Dr. Jeff Gill, Vice President and Dean of Grace Seminary, shares a message on this topic



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This week we continue exploring how genuine faith is lived out in difficult times. We will discover, as one of Paul's first churches did, that the messenger is the message.