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During a meeting at work...

"During a meeting at work this week a coworker said "I've never done this with anyone else in this building before but would it be ok if we prayed?" It seems that God is using me at my work place to draw others to Him and I'm great full that He has brought us here and is using me in to demonstrate His love to others, even though I'm unworthy."...

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The effects of being in a discipling relationship...

The effects of being in a discipling relationship and having a community in a fellowship group are so important in a Christian's life because I didn't know how much I loved and missed it until I didn't have it - it became so evident that I need it when there was a break from it this past month. I'm thankful for the leaders of the fellowship groups and HRF for stressing th...

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I am so thankful for this local body of Christ...

This week has had challenges, though through them all, God has still been treating me much better than I deserve. This is grace. Tony has been out of town all week and I've had all of my 4 kids plus all the children I watch throughout the week (up to 9 kids total at a time). It was been tough, but got tougher yesterday when we left to the bus stop in the pouring rain, to g...

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New Sermon Series - "1 Corinthians: To the church..."

Starting Jan 3, 2016, we will begin a new sermon series on Paul's 1st Letter to the Corinthians.  1 Corinthians has much to say to the modern world. No book in the New Testament, even Paul’s letter to the Romans, does more to explain the grace of God, the lordship of Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit. In addition to supplying concrete answers to many p...

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New Sermon Series - "Praying the Psalms"

There's no such thing as someone who cannot deepen their prayer life. Over the centuries, no book of the Bible has done a better job of that than the Psalms. The Psalms are the hymnbook and prayerbook of the Bible, and it’s the best place to get our vocabulary for prayer from. The Psalms force us to deal with God as he is, not as we wish he was. They teach us to p...

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Why Preaching?

If you come to Hampton Roads Fellowship (or many other churches), you can expect to sit down for 40 plus minutes as a preacher explains a text in the Bible, proclaims that text, and applies it to the congregation. But have you ever stopped to think about why we spend all of this time in God’s Word? Why devote 20 or 30 hours a week to prepare a sermon for a small chu...

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Faithfulness

Every church has some driving principle that motivates what they do. Whether it's the desire to be a big, relevant, or welcoming, something will drive the direction of your church. It seems common these days that the church planters are asking about fruitfulness, thriving, and multiplying, which could all be the evidence of health, but also could be the result of clever h...

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What is a Church Covenant?

This afternoon, the members of the church will be meeting for our quarterly members meeting. It's one of the primary ways that we provide member care for one another as we are updated on the life of the church as as individuals and as a whole. One of the first things that we do at our members meeting is read through our church covenant together and pray that God will ...

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New Sermon Series - "The Christian Life" (Romans 5-8)

This Sunday, we will begin a new sermon series on "The Christian Life". Many Christians live every day not knowing how the Christian Life is to be lived. They ask questions like: How do I have peace with God? What does it mean to be united to Christ? Why do I still sin if I am a Christian? How to do I get victory in my struggle with sin? How do I know that I am s...

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What is a Pastor?

Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching from 1 Peter 5:1-4 on "Shepherding the Flock". If there is much confusion today about what a church is, and even more confusion about what it means to be a member of a church, how much more confusion is to be expected about what it means to be a pastor of a church? God has not left us ignorant of the roles and responsibilities ...

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