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Author: Evan Staehle

Episode 01: There’s No Promised Land Without the Wilderness

Episode 01: There’s No Promised Land Without the Wilderness

“And the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD! Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink.”” ~…

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Do you want to be conformed or transformed?

Do you want to be conformed or transformed?

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect will.” ~ Romans 12:2 (ESV) Do you want to be conformed or transformed? That’s the question that God is posing to you in this passage from Romans. I remember when I was a teenager, I thought conformity was for losers. It was cool to be “anti-conformity”,…

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How Change Really Happens

How Change Really Happens

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:5 (ESV) Most of us believe that we if we try hard enough, we can change. Just start a new habit, be really intentional, set a schedule–try, try, try.–and if we do it hard enough, we’ll change ourselves. Most New Year’s resolutions, while good-intentioned, are made out…

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The Restoration of All Things

The Restoration of All Things

Before I went to Colombia South America this past summer, I was informed that there was a strong possibility that I would get the opportunity to preach at one of the local churches during their Sunday service. I was thrilled. So, several months before the trip, I wrote down ideas for sermons, starting studying passages, and finally wrote out an entire manuscript for a finished sermon that I entitled “The Restoration of All Things.” I ended up preaching it at…

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Back From Colombia

Back From Colombia

This past Wednesday, I landed back on US soil after spending a week with a team from my church in Colombia, South America. And let me tell me you—it was quite the experience. From assisting with a Bible college class, to spending time with some of the local churches in the area, to helping out with some minor construction, needless to say it was an exciting week. Here’s a summary of what we did down in Santa Marta, Colombia. Instituto…

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Meet the God Who Serves

Meet the God Who Serves

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the…

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Unbelief is Your Problem

Unbelief is Your Problem

“Then Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the entrance of the tent of meeting and fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them, “Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” And Moses took the…

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There’s No Promised Land Without the Wilderness

There’s No Promised Land Without the Wilderness

“And the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Would that we had perished when our brothers perished before the LORD! Why have you brought the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we should die here, both we and our cattle? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt to bring us to this evil place? It is no place for grain or figs or vines or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink.”” Numbers…

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3 Ways to Shepherd Your Children

3 Ways to Shepherd Your Children

I’ve seen it. You’ve seen. I’m pretty sure we’ve all seen it. And to be honest, I’ve been it. What am I talking about? That angry parent at the grocery store/playground/anywhere who’s scolding their kid a little too loud for everyone to hear. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying discipline is bad. But instead of being loose on the rules, like a pendulum, I’ve often swung to the complete opposite end. There’s something in me that wants to view my role…

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The Weekend That Changed the World

The Weekend That Changed the World

Today is Good Friday, and for many of us, it’s nothing more than a nice day off from work, or an obligatory church service with the family. If we’re really honest with ourselves, we live our lives as if Easter Weekend is nothing more than a box to check off, a family dinner to plan, another holiday to celebrate. It seems so…ordinary. Come Monday, we’ll be back at the daily grind, or taking care of kids, or running errands, or…

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