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I'm A New Christian / I Might As Well Be One. Now What?

Say you’re a new Christian... Or you feel you might as well be one in terms of knowing your way around the life, faith, and hope offered to us in Christ. Where can you go to develop a solid foundation for new or renewed life in Jesus? To the Bible, right? Well, yeah! But how exactly? Where do you start? What do you focus on? And who’s alongside to help you? The foll...

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Links About Where We Are & When We Are

Links About Where We Are & When We Are...

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About Prayer

Adaptation of the Lord's Prayer...

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Community Group Guide - 4/10

Community Group Guide - 4/10...

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About Spiritual Gifts

About Spiritual Gifts...

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The Kingdom is the World We All Want

The Kingdom is the World We All Want....

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Sabor Del Northside Festival with Kerusso Grace Church Next Saturday, April 2

Sabor Del Northside Festival with Kerruso Grace Church...

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Easter Weekend @ Kaleo

Easter Weekend @ Kaleo...

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Facing A Task Unfinished

Facing A Task Unfinished...

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Blessed are the Poor

Blessed Are the Poor, Tim Keller Quote...

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About Ash Wednesday and Lent...

About Ash Wednesday and Lent...

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About the Bible...

What I've Learned About the Bible, Tim Keller, link...

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Bible Reading Plan for 2016 and Beyond

Bible Reading Plan for 2016 and Beyond...

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The Most Influential Chapter of the Bible (For Me)

Recently I was asked what passage of scripture had most influenced my life. It’s Psalm 73, and this post explains why. I think it’s a great question. What passage is it for you? When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward You. Nevertheless, I am continually with You; You hold my right h...

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I am one of them, and so are you...

I am one of them, and so are you......

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Thanksgiving and Advent links

Thanksgiving and Advent links...

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Different Story, Different Take

Different Story, Different Take ...

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Gospel Resources For Kids: Finding The Way In

Gospel Resources For Kids: Finding The Way In...

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The Inside Out Kingdom: Kaleo College

What distingishes true Christianity from religion? How is a life characterized by gospel goodness distinct from a life characterized byreligious righteousness? Tim Keller answers in 'The Inside Out Kingdom', a sermon on Matthew 5:11-20....

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A World of Idols: Kaleo College

A World of Idols: Kaleo College...

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The Upside Down Kingdom: Kaleo College

The Upside Down Kingdom: Kaleo College...

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Church is cancelled for this morning

Church is cancelled for this morning...

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"I believe; help my unbelief!" Three Takeaway Quotes

Further thoughts on the desperate dad's words to Jesus in Mark 9:24, "I believe; help my unbelief!"...

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Constantly Help My Weakness

Devotional thought on this Sunday's sermon text, Mark 9:14-32...

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How can we build intimacy with one another when we have different interests?

This week is a "men and marriage" week at Kaleo Church! This weekend there is a men's breakfast on Saturday and we'll be "talkin' 'bout marriage" on Sunday morning. (For more info see the end of this post, in italics.) In preparation we'll link to a different short video of David Powlison addressing questions about marriage every day this week. David Powlison is an auth...

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How can we get conversation flowing (or flowing again) in our marriage?

This week is a "men and marriage" week at Kaleo Church! This weekend there is a men's breakfast on Saturday and we'll be "talkin' 'bout marriage" on Sunday morning. (For more info see the end of this post, in italics.) In preparation we'll link to a different short video of David Powlison addressing questions about marriage every day this week . David Powlison is an aut...

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What are some questions we can ask in order to foster intimacy?

This week is a "men and marriage" week at Kaleo Church! This weekend there is a men's breakfast on Saturday and we'll be "talkin' 'bout marriage" on Sunday morning. (For more info see the end of this post, in italics.) In preparation we'll link to a different short video of David Powlison addressing questions about marriage every day this week .David Powlison is an autho...

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How can we discuss our marriage with others?

This week is a "men and marriage" week at Kaleo Church! This weekend there is a men's breakfast on Saturday and we'll be "talkin' 'bout marriage" on Sunday morning. (For more info see the end of this post, in italics.) In preparation we'll link to a different short video of David Powlison addressing questions about marriage every day this week .David Powlison is an autho...

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How can we make our marriage a better friendship?

Men & marriage week (1)...

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How does marital intimacy break down, and how can we rebuild it?

This week is a "men and marriage" week at Kaleo Church! This weekend there is a men's breakfast on Saturday and we'll be "talkin' 'bout marriage" on Sunday morning. (For more info see the end of this post, in italics.) In preparation we'll link to a different short video of David Powlison addressing questions about marriage every day this week .David Powlison is an autho...

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Don't Give Up - Because of the Holy Spirit

Link to and quote from Don't Give Up, a blog post from Tim Chester....

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You Can Change (4)

You Can Change (4)...

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You Can Change | Part Three

This summer I’m rereading Tim Chester’s book You Can Change. Its subtitle either grabs you or it doesn’t: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions. It’s the best book I know on growing with the Lord in the difficult areas of life. I invite you to read it along with me - I’ll post quotes each week as I go along. "The message of thi...

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You Can Change | Part Two

This summer I’m rereading Tim Chester’s book You Can Change. Its subtitle either grabs you or it doesn’t: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions. It’s the best book I know on growing with the Lord in the difficult areas of life. I invite you to read it along with me - I’ll post quotes each week as I go along. Our Problem: "In...

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You Can Change | Part One

This summer I’m rereading Tim Chester’s book You Can Change. Its subtitle either grabs you or it doesn’t: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behavior and Negative Emotions. It’s the best book I know on growing with the Lord in the difficult areas of life. I invite you to read it along with me - I’ll post quotes each week as I go along. From the introducti...

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Community Group Guide | Week of 6/21

Read Mark 2:13-17 (from last week's sermon) as well as Psalm 66-70, Proverbs 17-23, and Mark 4-10 (from our June reading plan). Then discuss the following questions meant to draw us into conversation around the Bible, the gospel, and our lives. Sermon Questions: What stuck out to you regarding Jesus’ call of Matthew and/or Levi, or to sinners more generally? A pri...

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Community Group Guide | Week of 6/14

Read Mark 1:21-2:12 (from last week's sermon) as well as Psalm 66-70, Proverbs 10-16, and Mark 1-3 (from our June reading plan). Then discuss the following questions meant to draw us into conversation around the Bible, the gospel, and our lives. What stuck out to you regarding the miracles, authoritative presence, and teachings of Jesus explained in last week's sermon? T...

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Two Weeks in the Word

If you were to read two chapters of the Bible a day, in the span of a year you could go through the New Testament twice and the Old Testament wisdom literature once (not including Job). During the first half of June we’ve been reading in Psalms and Proverbs, and we’ve just begun the gospel of Mark! See the following links: 2015 Reading Plan; June Reading Plan. This ...

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Community Group Guide | Week of 6/7

Read Mark 1:14-15 (from last week's sermon) and Psalm 56-65;73 and Proverbs 1-9 (from our June reading plan). Mark 1:14-15 summarizes everything Jesus preached. They contain four points of emphasis: (1) Jesus proclaimed the gospel of God; (2) Jesus said the time is fulfilled; (3) Jesus said the kingdom of God is at hand; and (4) Jesus told people to repent and believe i...

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Community Group Guide | Week of 5/31

Read Mark 1:9-20 (from last week's sermon) and Proverbs 1-2 (from our June reading plan). Then discuss the following questions to draw us into conversation around the Bible, the gospel, and our lives... Evangelism can be a discouraging topic as not all of us have the gift of evangelism, boldness for evangelism, or fruit from evangelism. And yet - what encouragement have...

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Reading the Bible Together | June 2015

We want to be a healthy, growing church of healthy, growing Christians. So, what are the essential ingredients? I believe there're at least two... (1) Discipleship in the atmosphere of the gospel is at the heart of healthy, growing Christianity. Whatever you call it - however you express it - the two realities of discipleship/obedience and gospel/grace are indispensable to...

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Community Group Guide | Week of 5/24

Beginning next week, I'll be blogging questions from the sermon along with questions from June's Reading the Bible Together reading plan. Groups can choose between them, or mix and match - whatever! Community Group Guide Read Mark 1:2-8; Hebrews 11:32-12:3 Discussion questions: What did you learn - or what were you reminded of - about John the Baptist? The way John ...

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The Church | Community Group Discussion Part 5/5

Last Sunday, we had a handout entitled Discipleship In The Atmosphere of the Gospel on everyone's chair. It's worth taking a look at and discussing in your community group. Community Group Guide Read Mark 1:1; 8:34-9:1; 10:42-45 Discussion questions: T.J. talked about the possibility of “falling off the balance beam” - on the side of grace/gospel or on the side...

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The Church | Community Group Discussion Part 4/5

This week's quote from The Gospel: How The Church Portrays The Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund for discussion: “Gospel doctrine creates gospel cultures called churches, where wonderful things happen to unworthy people for the glory of Christ alone. But it doesn’t end in our churches. A gospel-defined church is a prophetic sign that points beyond itself. It is a mode...

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The Church | Community Group Discussion Part 3/5

The quote that follows, that which I read at the beginning of the sermon on Sunday, is taken from The Gospel: How The Church Portrays The Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund. “The doctrine of grace creates a culture of grace where good things happen to bad people. A gracious church culture proves that Jesus is the Holy One who forgives sinners, the King who befriends his ...

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The Church | Community Group Discussion Part 2/5

There are two quotes I read last Sunday from Ray Ortlund's The Gospel: How The Church Portrays The Beauty of Christ: “Gospel doctrine creates a gospel culture. The doctrine of grace creates a culture of grace.When the doctrine is clear and the culture is beautiful, the church will be powerful. But there are no shortcuts to getting there. Without the doctrine, the cult...

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The Church | Community Group Discussion Part 1/5

The Gospel: How The Church Portrays The Beauty of Christ by Ray Ortlund Every week, for the next five weeks, we’ll be talking about something from this book in our Community Groups alongside our discussion of the sermon series on The Church. Each week I’ll post a quote or two from the book and some Community Group discussion questions. So here goes… “Not long af...

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Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. We begin a concerted time of engaging the Lord in prayer, fasting, meditation on the cross and resurrection, and preparation for Easter. Lent goes back to the fourth century and is a part of believers lives around the world. It is a joy, but a serious joy, to begin the season. I look forward to gathering as a body this evening...

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