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Would the good news Mary received be good news for us?

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“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those […]

You’re Right! God Isn’t Going to Fix This!

by Kris Tate

On Tuesday, December 2, 2015, there was a mass shooting at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif. that left 14 dead and 21 others injured. (As a reminder, a mass shooting is defined as an incident where four or more victims are shot.) This is the 355th mass shooting in the United States […]

If it is the most wonderful time of the year, why do I feel so sad?

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I thank God for my wife because it can’t be easy to be married to me. On Christmas Day last year, we were driving to Dallas to spend the holiday with her family. At the time, our youngest son was one and our oldest was almost four. We hadn’t been driving far and we were still going […]

Day of Hope

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Today is the first Sunday of Advent, a time when we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Long ago the prophets wrote that God would send a Savior. Isaiah said, “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, […]

Jesus Teaches Us to Focus on What Is Truly Important to God

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“It ultimately comes down to one thing, you love God in as much as you love others.” —Jesus (Paraphrase by Rev. Kris Tate) A time in history we don’t discuss much is the roughly 300 years from the end of the Old Testament to the beginning of the New Testament. This time in Biblical history […]

Don’t expect anything, and you will be sure to get it

by Kris Tate

I have recently been reading the book Renovate or Die: Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission by Rev. Bob Farr. In his book, he makes the point I have both heard and seen in numerous other places, which is “Most churches are floundering or failing because they have little to no expectations of […]

85% of all people start coming to church because of one thing. What is it?

by Kris Tate

During my more than a decade in local church ministry, I have been to countless seminars, trainings, and have read numerous books that discuss the seemingly infinite number of ways to get more people into church. It seems as if every few weeks there is some new idea “guaranteed” to have more people become involved in […]