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I’m Praying for God to Bless You

I'm currently reading Wayne Cordeiro's Leading on Empty, and in it, Wayne passes along an ancient prayer written by some Franciscan monks... May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live from deep within your heart where God's Spirit dwells. May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort …

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Pastor, Find a Good Perspective

Today was interesting. Little things were already mounting up before I left the house this morning and my perspective became, "this is a cruddy day." Then I attended a memorial service in which a fellow Pastor and Saddleback staff member was preaching the funeral message of his beloved wife. He challenged us to sing and to worship, which we did. Perspective. …

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Gleanings from Easter Sunday

I just wanted to take a minute to pass along my own personal blessings gleaned from yesterday and from the whole Easter week. Here are some things that have touched my heart... Jesus was glorified all over the world as people presented the truth of the death, burial and resurrection. Our church was packed with people, some of whom brought friends and family to hear the message. My parents came into town and spent the weekend with us, so we hung out, talked, and ate …

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Merry Christmas from the Cox Family

Dear Family and Friends, It seems impossible that three years have passed since we moved our family to northwest Arkansas. . We feel so overwhelmed when we think about all with which God has blessed us since coming home to Bethel. Ella started the first grade and seems to be coming out of her shell a “little” bit-(she gets that from her daddy). One of our greatest gifts this year was Ella making the decision to place her trust in Christ and accept Him as Savor. We look …

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