Bible Reading Plan for 2021
by James Rowell on January 5th, 2021
by James Rowell One of my greatest pastoral burdens and desires is to see the people of God more engaged with the Word of God. One of the common barriers to personal Bible reading is the size and scope of the Bible. Where do I start? What  should I read? How much should I read? These questions paralyze us.We need more than a good Bible reading plan to get engaged with the Scriptures. But the absen...  Read More
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Corporate Prayers of Repentance from Sunday Gathering
by James Rowell on September 28th, 2020
Our Sunday Gathering this last week was oriented toward corporate repentance as a church. The message from Acts 11 was focused on repentance, which led us into a time of repentance as a church family.The best New Testament pattern that we have for corporate repentance is found in Revelation 2-3. We are introduced in those chapters to 7 churches in Asia Minor to which Jesus wrote a letter. These we...  Read More
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Get Engaged on Mission with Upper 90
by James Rowell on August 31st, 2020
Check out the ministry of Upper 90, a youth soccer program run by Generations member Tyler Hoitsma:https://youtu.be/PGp1C90Faf8...  Read More
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Friday Prayer Gathering
by James Rowell on July 28th, 2020
Guest post from Generations member, Maria Blackwell:“But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word.”Acts 6:4Church family, It is time once again for our monthly prayer gathering. But more than that, after James’ sermon on Sunday, it feels like we NEED to gather in dependent corporate prayer! He said, “Prayer is our way forward. It is our recognized need for God. We are in ...  Read More
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An Alternative to Defensiveness in Our Day
by James Rowell on July 15th, 2020
This is worth our real consideration:"It is hard to generalize about a whole nation as large and complex as our own, but it might not be far wrong to say that the characteristic flesh of America is compounded of covetousness, gluttony, egocentric libertarianism, and pride, all of which have been selectively bred into our culture because of the types of sinful people we have attracted and the behav...  Read More
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Financial Update, 8:7 Initiative and Church-wide Survey
by James Rowell on July 10th, 2020
Please watch this video and fill out the church-wide survey in regard to gathering again as a church and some of the many considerations we are mindful of. Thank you!...  Read More
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Recovering Biblical Sanity - John:15:18-16:4a
by James Rowell on June 26th, 2020
"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you."John 15:18The world will hate us. That's not a possibility, it is a certainty. We don't need to try and make the world hate us. Jesus isn't giving us permission to posture adversarially toward the world. He isn't giving us an excuse to be combative and offensive. He is simply stating the fact that his kingdom and his gospel ar...  Read More
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Recovering Biblical Sanity - John 15:1-17
by James Rowell on June 25th, 2020
"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."John 15:5John 15 slows me down. I hate it. My mind is frenetic. My heart is busy. My inner world is urgent. But all of this is toward nothing specific. And the language of "abiding" is a broom stick in the spoke of my life as it speeds by Jesus.To abide is ...  Read More
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Recovering Biblical Sanity - John 14:1-14
by James Rowell on June 24th, 2020
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”John 14:1A Solution To Our ProblemsOur hearts being troubled in this world is nothing new. How could it be otherwise? This world is troubling after all, if we are paying any attention. What is new, from Jesus here, is a way to deal with the trouble that surrounds us and arises within us.Our default way through the trouble of thi...  Read More
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Recovering Biblical Sanity - John 14:15-31
by James Rowell on June 24th, 2020
“... and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. ”John 14:16-17There is a sort of echo in John 14:16 of Proverbs 9:10. Solomon said, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Jesus particularizes that thought as if to...  Read More
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A Night of Prayer
by James Rowell on June 24th, 2020
"Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving."Colossians 4:2At the beginning of the year James cast a vision for 2020. Of course, he had no idea what this year would bring but, we never know that. He started with this verse in Colossians 4 through v. 6 and urged us to stay low, stick together, and make disciples. Staying low is about humbling ourselves before God; seekin...  Read More
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Recovering Biblical Sanity - John 13:21-37
by James Rowell on June 23rd, 2020
This entire section of Scripture is so profound and deep. Meditating on each idea is a worthy use of our time. Today, though, I can't help but zero in on v. 34-35."A new commandment I give you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."Let's take it by each phrase....  Read More
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