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The One Thing Our Country (and Every Organization) Needs

The One Thing Our Country (and Every Organization) Needs

If someone was to come up to me and ask, “What is the one thing, apart from salvation, that our nation needs at this particular moment” or if someone was to ask you that question – “If you were to give our nation one gift or this world one thing apart from a relationship with God, what would that one thing be?” For me, the desperate need of America and the ...

What if Jesus Didn

What if Jesus Didn't Rise from the Dead?

Invariably, right before Easter, you will hear a seminary professor on the radio or a Bishop from some church on TV say, “It really doesn’t matter if Jesus rose from the dead, or not. What really matters is the Golden Rule that he taught us – ‘to do unto others as you would have them do to you.’ Or you might hear them say something like, ‘Ultimately, it really ...

Shaping the Inclinations of our Hearts

Shaping the Inclinations of our Hearts

Have you ever tried to argue with someone who was really “dug-in” to a position regarding a controversial issue like abortion or admitting refugees to the United States? As someone who has been committed to a pro-life position for 40 years, I’ve had many conversations with pro-choice people that went something like this: “I don’t believe the government should ...

Take a Risk:  Invite Someone to Become Fully Alive

Take a Risk: Invite Someone to Become Fully Alive

Do you know people in your life who are stuck going through the motions? Is someone in your family struggling spiritually? Do you have a co-worker who always talks about getting in shape but keeps falling off the wagon? Do you have a neighbor who is lonely and is longing for connection?   This upcoming Fully Alive campaign is for them and for you! Throughout the six weeks of the campaign ...

Fully Alive!

Fully Alive!

FULLY ALIVE Congregational Letter | February 2017 | By Rich Nathan We’re going to be engaged in an all-church campaign called “Fully Alive” during the Lenten season, from February 26 through Palm Sunday, April 9. The purpose of the campaign is to bring a laser-like focus to discipleship in our church. Last year we were thrilled with our church’s involvement in the Good ...

Vineyard Columbus New Year Report:  Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Vineyard Columbus New Year Report: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Vineyard Columbus New Year Report: Looking Back and Looking Ahead Congregational Letter January 2017 By Rich Nathan   The Bible continually commands us to remember all that God has done in our lives. For example, we read this in Job 36:24: Remember to extol his work, which people have praised in song. And Psalm 105:5 says: Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the ...

What if There Was No Christmas?

What if There Was No Christmas?

Someone once said that you can tell the size of a boat by the size of the wake it leaves behind. An ocean liner creates a tidal wave in its wake. On the other hand, a small sailboat hardly leaves a ripple.   The same thing is true of a man or a woman. You can tell the impact of a man or a woman by the size of wake they leave behind. Some people, when they are gone, leave a tidal wave in ...

The Age of Exposure

The Age of Exposure

There are lots of ways one could characterize the time in which we are living. We could call our time the Age of Anxiety as people are fearful of threats posed by terrorism and global unrest. We could call our time the Age of Loneliness, as studies tell us that more and more people have no one in their lives with whom they can completely confide. But certainly, one accurate way to characterize ...

Five Reasons We Need People Who Are Different Than Us

Five Reasons We Need People Who Are Different Than Us

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. 1 Corinthians 12:21-22 You’ve heard the expression “Birds of a feather flock together”. It is designed to communicate the basic truth that people who ...

The Most Neglected Spiritual Practice

The Most Neglected Spiritual Practice

What do you believe is the most neglected spiritual practice by Christians in our day?  Prayer? Bible reading? Fellowship? Worship? Fasting?   It is so easy for leaders in particular, but Christians in general, to be so busy working for God that we miss God in the work. The great temptation for Christians is to try to do something great for God, and in the process lose our ...

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