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Jesus and Defilement

Barb Knuckles has sent me some very thoughtful and helpful writings she has done in the area of our sexual brokenness and healing in this area. I asked Barb if I could share some of these thoughts on my pastor's blog and she graciously said "Yes." I found this particular writing on Jesus and Defilement very helpful. I have been meditating on how Jesus is pure and not defiled by us and able to bring healing into those places of defilement in our lives.

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Pastor's BlogJonathan Norton
Apologia

Think of the church standing her ground against the powerful idolization of sex in our culture (and in our own hearts) as a rugby scrum, that part of a rugby match where the two teams link arms and legs and push against each other. That is the kind of force of exertion that is needed for the church to be faithful to Her Lord and her call to be God’s new society today.

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Reflections on Godly Sexuality

In these Reflections I hope to present Scripture’s vision for godly sexuality in such a way that skeptics and seekers might understand, if not appreciate, the Christian sexual doctrine and ethic, and that my brothers and sisters in Christ might be more and more delighted to walk in God’s design for their sexuality and so be formed into that sanctorum communio that is a witness to the suffering and sanctifying power of Christ.

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Fall Sermon Series

On September 18th, we are beginning the third part of our “Faithful Presence” series. Part one focused on mercy and justice while part two focused on identity and vocation. In the third part of this series, we will be focusing on “godly sexuality.”This will be a ten week preaching series. Along with the preaching series we will be offering a number of different “paths” to press into this important area of our lives.

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A "Sleeping Beauty" awakes

Esther went through a one year beauty treatment. But God, the King of Kings, is at work in you through your whole lifetime, to bring about a deep inner beauty in you as his son or daughter. Like Esther, as you own more and more of your identity in Christ (who you are), you will more and more be able to live faithfully into your calling (what he has made you to do).

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Identity and Vocation in Esther

For so many of us who are struggling to (1) live out our identity as sons and daughters of God in the vast and overwhelming milieu of secular culture with all its power and glory and to (2) live into our vocations with the daring and courage that God's children should have and the world needs, I pray that the story of Esther will shake us from our conformity to this age and call us into the vocations that God has designed and prepared for each one of us.

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The verse that changed my life: by Ann Dorsey

When I was growing up my mom often shared this story from her life with me. From it she taught me that God calls me - us! - to focus not on the negative things in other people, but on what is good, true and beautiful about them. Recently Mom sent me this story in written form and I'm pleased to be able to share it with you.

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Being Formed By The Cross

Our “sentness” and call to “faithful presence” goes back to the cross. It is rooted in the cross. It is only when we are mesmerized and captivated by God’s love for us in Christ that we are set free to live with joy and creativity and “faithful presence” in the world. So, in a sense, this Lent season is incredibly vital to all that we will be talking about the rest of the year.

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Old Writings on the Church

I wrote these words years ago. I was looking them over for some quotes for my sermon this Sunday and realized that much of what I wrote is relevant to what I am preaching in my sermon. It is encouraging to see that what I said so many years ago, is what I still hold and believe and preach today.

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Pastor's BlogJonathan Norton