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Wanting Differently

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Author: Ron Vanderwell I ask for a lot of things when I pray. In fact, sometimes it can seem like that’s all I do when I pray: ask for help with things, or maybe grunt in despair when I start to feel weary or discouraged. I find that that sort of prayer can feel pretty […]

What’s your tone of voice when you pray?

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Author:  Ron Vanderwell You can tell a lot from someone’s tone of voice. Most people naturally switch from one tone of voice to another depending on the conversation. Imagine this: picture yourself approaching someone and saying the words “I need to ask a favor of you…”. Perhaps you’re ordering at a fast-food drive-thru and you […]

Homemade Worship

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Check out this great video that New Life’s own Eric Coleman put together for our “Homemade Worship” series.  

When Jesus Got Distracted

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Author – Ron Vanderwell I grew up with the idea that Jesus was all about the cross. Somehow I got the impression that the events of Holy Week the only real priorities for him. It never really occurred to me to wonder what He’d been up to for the three years of his public ministry […]

The Myth of Happiness

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Author – Ron Vanderwell I find I’m often thinking about happiness. Our country has always been based on “the pursuit of happiness”. That little phrase would have been remarkable in the 18th century. Not many monarchs at the time were staying awake wondering whether their people were happy. As long as they had bread (or […]