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Equipping the Saints

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“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ...” Ephesians 4:11-2 I love church! There is a reason I love church. It is because I feel that is where I am my...

New Mercies Every Morning in 2022

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By Greg Lunsford-- Today we are closing out 2021 and tomorrow ushering in 2022! For some of us this may bring a sigh of relief that we made it another year. Others may be anxious, stepping into the new year with skepticism and asking what unknowns we are walking into. And others may be stepping...

Restoration

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By Greg Lunsford-- I don’t know about all of you, but God has been working on my heart so much during this Nehemiah: A Story of Restoration series. Each week as I pray, study, prepare, and write, it seems God has been working on my own heart through it all.When I first went through...

What Does God Have For Us in 2021?

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By Greg Lunsford-- Remember 2020?  That was a wild ride.  There is something about taking last year's calendar off the wall and replacing it with the new year’s calendar. Taking down the old calendar typically is a reminder of the appointments, dinner with friends and family...

SW Church Together Again

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By Greg Lunsford--  This Sunday we are joining our brothers and sisters of Riversgate, Missio and Multnomah Presbyterian for SW Church Together. It will look different than it has in years past, but we still wanted to stay connected as faith communities.   During the COVID-19 season...

First Fruits

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By Greg Lunsford -- During my preparation for the sermon this week I landed on John 13:35 and I rested there for a while: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” As Jesus followers, love is to be our calling card. Specifically, how we love...

Gift of Community

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By Greg Lunsford -- Greetings! Is it crazy to think that we are almost half way through this incredibly unpredictable year? Maybe there is some hope in that of itself.   Something even more jarring is that means it has almost been 6 months since Lara, Ransom and I have joined the Greater...

Little Things

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By Greg Lunsford -- We cannot express how much we are missing gathering with you all. I am blown away by how well you are staying connected with one another and the missional hearts you have during this time. Last Saturday, our Food Pantry kicked off again to serve those in need of food. If...

Go!

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By Greg Lunsford -- At the beginning of February, Caris and I gathered a team of creatives at Greater Portland, and we began to dream for the coming Lent season that leads us to Good Friday and Easter. A recurring theme kept speaking to our collective hearts. That theme was...

Anticipation

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By Greg Lunsford -- I truly love this time of year. The traditions that take place. The active rhythms in church and family that center us and point us to Jesus. It really is special. Advent is a season of anticipated arrival. For Israel it was hundreds of years of awaiting a King that would...