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Don't Set Aside Your Differences, by Mike Lankford

Much of the time, we in the body of Christ have operated like a dysfunctional family. We have not always acknowledged and appreciated each other’s differences. 

Jesus prayed, “Father, make them one as We are one”. One of the things that makes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit one is that they have their own individuality but refuse to work independently without each other.

Can We Be a Non-Reactive Vessel? by Chris Norman

It helps me to think in analogies, I like a little visual storytelling to stand alongside my conversation. 

So my question is this; can we be like the glass component of a reaction between God and the people around us? Further still, how do we remain non-reactive amidst our frustrations and pain?

Texas Strong VS. Heaven Strong, by Karis White

I was raised truly believing that the region of the country in which I was born entitled me to more strength and courage than someone born anywhere else.  Now, before you get aggravated, I understand that this thinking is completely absurd in the natural sense. But, when we are born again, we are born into the Kingdom of God.  Our nationality, our identity, our very inner self is completely transformed.

One Mind & One Accord, by Joshua LaCoe

What is unity? One of the definitions (of many) listed in Webster’s Dictionary really put it straightforward: the quality or state of being made one. So, what does this mean for our church? And what does it mean for the church as a whole? I believe prophetically that God is calling us into a unity that will carry on beyond the current season we are in at Living Word.

3 Reasons You Need a B-Team, by Bob Bevan

“Who are you to tell me what I need?”

Maybe that’s not what you are thinking, but a few years ago I might have if I saw this article.  But today? It is no exaggeration, I believe everyone needs a B-Team.

The obvious next question is, if this B-Team is so important, what in the world is it?

Football Players on a Baseball Field, by Mike Jones

What I understand from the vision is that Living Word Church is an Ephesians 6 church. They are a people that are well equipped and ready for an intense game, more challenging. The challenge, however, means that Living Word Church is switching to an unfamiliar model, one that doesn’t necessarily make sense given the normal framework of how things “ought to be done.”

A Lost Narrative, by Tina Richardson

For many of us, it is common practice to wear masks. We put up facades that hide who we truly are. We smile when we want to cry, and we push people away when we want to be held. Because at the core of it, we have been so hurt by people and events that we are crippled by fear of vulnerability. We don’t know how to be vulnerable.

What Does it Mean to Live Like the Family of God? by Brianna Bevan

The one thing I always want when I am around others is to feel wanted and valued. I want to know that me being there makes a difference to others and that I matter to them. Don’t we all though? From the beginning of creation, God said it is not good for man to be alone (Gen. 2:18). It’s in our nature to crave connection and to feel a part of family.

The Secret, by Karen Neu

Have you ever had someone in your life that you loved, BUT you just didn't feel like you could quite jive with them? You really genuinely wanted to get along and live peaceably with them, but there were just these certain things about them, these certain little (or maybe even big) annoyances that just about drove you up a wall, or maybe even began to BUILD a wall between the two of you. . .

Sacred Moments, by Jessica Howell

Does the Lord ever speak to you through a song? He does to me quite frequently, possibly because I consistently am listening to music, or have a tune of some sort going through my head. This fall, there has been a particular theme stirring in my heart, and it was sparked from a conversation I had with the Lord over the song Every Table is an Altar by the worship band, Bread & Wine.

False Community, by Chris Norman

I once saw a sermon Francis Chan gave on YouTube. Ironically, he talked of people who had come to him extolling his various social media outlets...and how he had nothing to do with them. The accounts were useful to those who found them (myself included), but no matter the good they were, they just didn't come from the man himself. Good, even useful, but not quite true.

Like many in our interconnected society, I've been blessed with a chance to live digitally.

Interdependence, by Mike Finch

Interdependence means, “every part of the system has an effect on every other part of the system, and changing one part of the system will result in a change in another part of the system.” So it first means that we are in “systems,” and then second means that we impact the other members of the systems we are in.

So why does being a part of a system matter in terms of my faith?

Breaking Out of the Bubble, by Jennifer Harrelson

My family and I recently flew to California to visit my parents. I have flown dozens of times in my life, mostly between the ages of 16 and 22.  From 15-hour overseas flights to 17-seat planes that needed to stop for gas after 45 minutes—I’ve done it all.  I can’t even recall all the flights I’ve taken, but I can remember the excitement of finding out who would sit next to me and the conversations that might take place. I have many fond memories of friends that I’ve met on airplanes over the years. Each was like a God-ordained meeting; sometimes ministry took place, and other times it was simple conversation and shared stories

Covenant - In It to Win It, by Bob Bevan

Recently, the Lord has been highlighting covenant relationship to us.  There are a few examples of covenant in the Bible with some of the main ones being the Noahic Covenant in Genesis 9, the Abrahamic Covenant in Genesis 12, the Mosaic (Old) Covenant and the New Covenant offered through the life and death of Christ.