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Entering the Tabernacle

The Tabernacle

We're journeying through the Word of God at Bethel, one passage at a time. It's created some amazing opportunities to communicate the gospel from a variety of stories so far. I will admit the challenge of connecting every passage to everyday life, but I still wouldn't trade this …

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Firefox Add-Ons I Must Have

If you use Internet Explorer regularly, please, please consider switching to Firefox. Why? There are lots of highly technical reasons related to open source technology, security, and speed. But one of the best reasons is you can customize it like crazy. Here's a list of add-ons I …

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Comfort One Another

We're down to the final study in our Wendesday night journey through the one another's of the New Testament. This one is pretty awesome - we're to comfort one another. It's based on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, a familiar passage to many. It concerns itself with Jesus' second coming, …

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Greetings From My Russian Friend

I just got an email from Alexander Chepurnoy, who is one of our missionaries serving in Minneapolis. He's planting a Russian-speaking church there in the twin cities where there's a large population. He just sent me this note - wanted to share... Pastor Brandon, I want to …

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Until I Met A Man With No Legs

Ever hear this before? "I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet..." Well, meeting this man with no feet will make you cry... …

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Thanks for the Forks!

This morning when I walked out the door to go to church, I was met by several hundred white plastic forks sticking up out of my yard. I would later find the other few hundred out front. Apparently some "friends" planted them for us at about 11:00 Saturday night. Thanks guys! No, …

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Everybody’s Got Shoes, My Lord!

Everybody's Got Shoes

That's a lyric from an old gospel song about needing new shoes to walk around heaven someday. Well today, we gave away almost 500 pair of shoes at Bethel Baptist Church. Two news crews even showed up and we'll be on the evening news on 2 channels (and I wore horizontal stripes!) …

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Church Growth and Its Wonderful Problem

Okay, Bethel has hit a tight spot in a very good way. We're growing... quickly right now. We've obviously hit kind of a ceiling on how many people we can hold in our auditorium. Last Sunday we had 240 souls present, 206 of them in the auditorium and it was crowded. What are our …

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The Chapmans on Good Morning America

In case you missed this on Good Morning America... …

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Defining Discipleship

It's tough sometimes to hear a clear voice on how discipleship should be defined. We always like to attach methodologies to it - "you disciple people by..." Today I read a simple, yet thorough definition of discipleship that includes all the essential elements. Tony Evans, in his …

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