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    A Carnival for One

    The finishing touches were complete inside this tiny, concrete church in the heart of the Yucatan. The room was filled with vibrant colors representing a myriad of carnival games, crafts ready for little hands and prizes around every corner. The Mexico missions team had been preparing for this day for months with multiple trips to the Dollar Store and suitcases carefully packed with fishing games, a bean bag toss, soccer chase, and coloring pages with crayons.   Read More

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    Bringing Light to Iraq

    Have you ever felt God ask you to do something that seemed ridiculous or terrifying or both? When Heather Morehouse heard just such a call, her courageous, “Yes,” aligned her with God’s amazing work in a dark place across the globe. Heather works at St.   Read More

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    Walking in the Dark Series Resources

    We've received some inquiries on what resources Pastor Steve has been mentioning over the past couples weekends during the Walking in the Dark series. A Grief Observed by C.S Lewis The Case for Christianity by C.S. Lewis A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser Trusting God by Jerry Bridges  Ruthless Trust by Brennan Manning The Reason for God Chapter 2 by Timothy Keller Prayer by Timothy Keller Heaven by Randy Alcorn If God, Why Evil? By Norman Geisler Ravi Zacharias blog Trust Ass...  Read More

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    Trust Assessment

    This questionnaire is designed to help you assess your trusting level with God and discover areas where you may want to take a step toward Him. The orientation is your trust in God. It is built upon two overarching categories of trust: Trustworthiness and Trust Readiness.Individual and God Assessment   Read More

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    The Life of David in 40 Days

    Read.Gather insight by highlighting and underlining. Write a paragraph about what applies to your life from the reading. Pray that the truth you’ve read will sink deep into your heart. January 1:  I Samuel 1-2January 2:  I Samuel 3-4January 3:  I Samuel 5-6January 4:  I Samuel 7-8January 5:  I Samuel 9-10January 6:  I Samuel 11-12 January 7:  I Samuel 13-14 January 8:  I Samuel 15-16&nb...  Read More

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    Christianity on November 9th

    A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. - Proverbs 29:11For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. - James 1:20 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.   Read More

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    Who Knows?

    Christianity is not cut and dry. There are contradictions. There are mysteries. When we come to Christianity we’re inundated with so many answers; big answers to questions like why are we here, what is my purpose, does anyone care, is there something greater to live for?   Read More

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    Pain with a Plan

    Pretend you’re in elementary school. You see your friend across the room and call them over to you. Suddenly your breath catches in your throat and your face gets hot and your heart races as you remember that you are in the library and everyone is staring at you because you aren’t supposed to yell in the library.   Read More

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    Music in the Church

    By Whitney Parnell Westside Worship PastorI’ve been a student and leader of worship in the church for upwards of 20 years. I’ve wondered many times if music is really necessary in church. Why do we need it?   Read More

  • Out Of The Shadows

    In our current series, we are looking at our shadows. Everyone has their own. Anything we try to keep hidden or avoid; the things we try never to speak about.   Read More

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    The Power of Questions

    Two weeks ago here at the Westside Blog, we talked about resetting your family for the season of Fall and how one might have a structured conversation to do that. Part of this conversation involved asking questions. Questions are powerful.Questions are the driving force in relationships.   Read More

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    Why Conflict Resolution Matters

    We often talk about how the Bible is a blueprint for our lives. It shows us how to be good people, faithful friends, and the hands and feet of God to the world that He loves. A tall order, really. Let’s take that order and break it down into a bite sized piece: Conflict. If you plan to love the world around you, the first thing you have to be prepared for is conflict.   Read More

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