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Why Don't Verifiable Miracles Happen Today?

I have had many people ask me why miracles don’t happen; but, I believe verifiable miracles do happen today. Perhaps it’s simply how you define a miracle.  We read about the big ones in the Bible, the parting of the Red Sea, turning water into wine or divine healing and raising the dead.  I’ve seen […]

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Eternal Footprint

[vimeo width=”500″ height=”375″]https://vimeo.com/44736045[/vimeo]   On this Independence Day it is inspiring to remember not only the sacrifice but the vision that the leaders of our country have had through the generations. I’ve been blessed to pastor a church that God has grown and developed so strongly over the past 19 years in a country that celebrates freedom […]

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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Everyday we see so many forms of suffering. People who are bad and who are good, people who are young and who are old are all suffering. So why does God allow this to happen? The problem of pain has troubled theologians for centuries.  Critics have used it in attempt to disprove the existence of […]

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Firsthand Communication With Your Teen

Ryan with his father, Kerry and brother, Josh, circa 2008. //Guest post by Kerry and Chris’ oldest son, Ryan Shook: When it comes to personal relationships I’ve never been a great communicator. I can make excuses, roll my eyes, change the subject, and argue with the best of them. But when it comes to real, […]

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Inside Out Project // Day 19

Excerpt from Firsthand:  Dumping Secondhand Religion for a Real God By:  Ryan and Joshua Shook–March 19, 2013–Waterbrook/Multnomah “I have come to believe that by and large the human family all has the same secrets, which are both telling and very important to tell.  They tell what is perhaps the critical paradox of our condition that […]

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Inside Out Project // Day 18

Our generation is in constant movement.  Think about it.  When was the last time you sat still for even five minutes without being in front of the TV or at the computer?  We are always going from one activity to the next.  And, we like being on the move.  Movement keeps our minds and bodies […]

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Inside Out Project // Day 17

As we continue our Inside Out Project together, we want to remind you that change happens best when we focus on an eternal motivation, and that eternal motivation comes when you realize you need a power and a purpose beyond yourself.  So, download this week’s Prayer Card; and as you work on physical fitness, pray […]

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Inside Out Project // Day 16

Real change is sometimes painful.  That’s because God is more interested in my character than my comfort.  The two ways God builds our character is through His word and through problems. God allows problems into our lives that teach us to trust Him.  It’s His goal to chip away all the rough edges of my […]

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Inside Out Project // Day 15

Here is another powerful excerpt from our sons, Ryan and Josh’s upcoming book Firsthand: “Love from the center of who you are, don’t fake it.”  Romans 12:9 (The Msg)   Our generation is obsessed with how we appear on the outside. We spend more time tweaking and constantly changing our Facebook pages then we do […]

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