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Why do I believe in the resurrection? I used to believe because of the historical veracity of the claim that Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead. The dates of the earliest manuscripts of the New Testament leave little room for myth to creep in. The transformed lives of the disciples – before the...
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’Tis myst’ry all: th’ Immortal dies: Who can explore His strange design? In vain the firstborn seraph tries To sound the depths of love divine. ’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore, Let angel minds inquire no more. He left His Father’s throne above— So free, so infinite His grace— Emptied Himself of all but love,...
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“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread….” This is what God is like. In the chaos of Holy Week, Jesus knowing full well his death was immanent sat down at a table with his friends and broke bread. The Romans are afraid he might start a revolution. The religious authorities are...
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Today is Holy Wednesday. Sometimes this is called Spy Wednesday. It is called this because on this day Judas begins to actively pursue the magistrates in order to betray Jesus. One of the twelve actively begins to betray him. It is easy to be angry at Judas. Anger is always the easiest emotion to express....
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On the first two days of Holy Week, Jesus has called into question the authority and power of both the Roman Empire and the Jewish religious institutions. On Palm Sunday he rides into town on a donkey declaring that he is Lord and Caesar is not. On Holy Monday, he cleanses the temple revealing that...
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We read on Palm Sunday that during the Triumphal Entry, the people cried out to Jesus, “Hosana!” We see this same thing take place after Jesus cleanses the temple of the evil taking place in the temple courts. Two different events in two different locations result in the same praise from the people. Hosanna means...
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BORDERLAND EXPERIENCES “I lost my job.” “A family member passed away” “My doctor told me I have cancer.” This has been the life of The Crowded House since we launched. Amidst our celebrations there has been pain and sadness. Amidst our thriving there have been borderland experiences. While some are telling stories of joy, others...
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In January of this year we launched The Crowded House Network with great excitment. Our vision was to establish a number of faith communities in various homes throughout central Florida. As these communities gathered and were shaped around our core prinicples, it was the hope of the leadership team that the communities would begin to enter...
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  Last Monday I was sitting at a Starbucks waiting for a friend to arrive to talk about church planting initiatives. To pass the time, I started to scroll through Instagram to see all the adventures my friends were having. It wasn’t even thirty seconds into liking photos I began to feel a bit restless....
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I was talking with a friend this morning about the pressure and temptation to share big stories that will impress the masses. I often fight the desire to chase the big story. I assume the people I communicate and share stories with want to hear about miracles and crazy coincidences baptized in providential language. More often...
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