The Beauty of an Emotional Life

Anger. Sadness. Fear. Joy. Disgust. Shame. Resentment. Bitterness. Hope. Like the weather in Colorado, we can sometimes jump between these emotional states with unanticipated speed. We enjoy feelings of joy and hope, but what are we to do…
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GLS Kickoff 2019

This weekend was our kickoff for the Global Leadership Summit (GLS)! For the last 20 years, we as a church, have enjoyed and learned from this event. For the last 5 years, we have had the privilege of bringing this training opportunity to…
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Honoring the Sacrifice of Jesus: The Horror of Good Friday

About three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:33-49 I’ve never really been much of a Lent observer. I mean, I know about the Lenten…
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Prepare Our Hearts: Share the Story

The first verse I ever memorized as a kid has become the verse I treasure most:  Roman 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. This verse has had a profound impact on my journey to salvation,…

Prepare Our Hearts: Compassion

I was talking to a good friend last week about the popular Christian adage that asks, “What would Jesus do?” We found ourselves in a strange situation and weren’t quite sure how to navigate out of it. At a standstill, we looked at…
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Prepare Our Hearts: Prayer

It is the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. The Passover meal had been shared, feet had been washed, Judas had taken his leave. In just a few short hours, Jesus would be arrested and His march to Calvary would begin. But all the while,…
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Prepare Our Hearts: A New Command

Jesus and his disciples were celebrating the Passover meal together. The Bible tells us that even then, during this sweet time of fellowship, the devil was already prompting Judas to betray Jesus. Only Jesus knew that this was the last evening…
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Prepare Our Hearts: Shout Hosanna!

Hosanna! We hear that word a lot this time of year. It is a word that we have associated with the Triumphal Entry of Jesus. This worship word reminds us of Palm Sunday and of people lining the streets waving palm fronds and shouting it as…
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Prepare Our Hearts: Fasting

Every year, during the weeks between Ash Wednesday and Easter, The Duran family practices a rhythm of fasting. We began this tradition early in our marriage and have joyfully brought our children along for the ride. We fast periodically…
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Why Do We Have an Ash Wednesday Service?

Ashes have been used to represent sorrow and repentance throughout the history of our faith. The practice predates the church by thousands of years, in fact stretching all the way back to the days of Job (2:8, 42:5-6). Ashes are a powerful…
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Pastoral Residency Program (PRP)

People often ask me, “So what are you going to do after you retire?”  I usually clench my teeth and with all the pastoral kindness I can muster kindly respond, “Well, I not actually retiring. I’m passing the baton of leadership…
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To the Ends of the Earth

“…you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1.8b) Jesus’ very last words to His disciples have served as a mantra for the church for nearly 2,000 years. “To the ends…