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Keeping My Faith
by Cameron Stevens on October 25th, 2021
There are multiple times when we experience hardships, discouragement, trouble, or other circumstances that test our faith. So what do we do to prepare for those times so that we don't falter on our faith in God above.  Read More
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Sovereignty of Self
by Cameron Stevens on October 4th, 2021
Everyone of us desires that our children grow up to be responsible adults, right? But there is a very clear line of separation in this philosophy between those that are Christians, and those that are not.   Read More
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Weed or Rose?
by Cameron Stevens on September 27th, 2021
You ever have one of those moments when you look at something completely different than you had the other 5,000 times you've looked at it? I was sitting at my kitchen table eating lunch gazing in to my backyard (yes, this is a picture from my backyard...enter shame here).  Read More
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Do not let your heart be troubled
by Cameron Stevens on August 16th, 2021
In this day and age, there is way more on our plates than we can handle. And that can be an extremely discouraging thing. Or it can be a very encouraging thing. It just depends on how you look at it all.  Read More
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Decisions, Decisions...
by Cameron Stevens on July 5th, 2021
You know the saying, "hindsight is 20/20"? There have been so many times in my life when I have looked back on particular events and have seen God's work in my life. It was so evident sometimes, I wondered why I couldn't have seen His handiwork when the event was taking place. I've been able to witness God at work in my life so clearly, it has been amazing and unsettling.  Read More
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Unexpected Blessings
by Cameron Stevens on June 28th, 2021
It's okay to talk about Christmas in June, right?! Well, in any case...  Read More
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Crossroads
by Cameron Stevens on June 21st, 2021
On the opposite side of the river, General Washington was at a crossroads. As was the custom of warfare in that day not to fight during the winter time. He had a decision to make. Use the dark of night, winter, and Christmas to surprise the British forces on the other side of the river, or don't. As we learn from history, we know what course he took...  Read More
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Remember the Mustard Seed
by Cameron Stevens on March 22nd, 2021
If the disciples were here today, they would be amazed at the expansion of the kingdom of God thus far. They were witnesses to these words spoken by Jesus in the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. They would remember at that point, gospel expansion resided largely in Jerusalem, but it’s impact would begin to spread like a contagious (welcomed) virus.  Read More
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Stewardship (Part 3)
by Cameron Stevens on March 15th, 2021
As a Christian, you have a responsibility to keep sin from your life and those close to you. We should be at a point in our faith that sin in our life and those we love is unacceptable! We serve an amazing God and the acceptance of anything that does not honor Him, including our relationships, can be considered enmity toward Him.  Read More
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Stewardship (Part 2)
by Cameron Stevens on March 8th, 2021
At all times, in all places, we are called to be faithful...period. Are you reliable? Trustworthy? Constant? Are you steady in your allegiance to God Almighty? The most difficult aspect of being faithful is the connotation of time. To be consistent over a very long period of time (i.e. forever) is a daunting task.   Read More
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Bee Sting Praise
by Cameron Stevens on February 15th, 2021
About 8 years ago, we had some friends over to celebrate my son's birthday. It was an amazing day of food, fellowship, friends, and family... Once everyone left, it was fun to sit and watch my son play with his new toys. After we straightened up the house... and then we hear the scream that all parents fear. The type of scream that can not be described, but one that every parents can nod their head in agreement that they fear.  Read More
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Justifiable Slavery
by Cameron Stevens on January 11th, 2021
There is a word that we need to become extremely familiar with if we are a follower of Jesus Christ: Service. This has to be one of my favorite concepts when it's clearly defined as advancing the cause of Christ among men. What an amazing concept to consider, especially for those of us that live in free societies. What do we do with this paradox of being a servant or slave, and yet have been given all the freedom in the world in which to live our life?  Read More
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How often do you fly off the handle?
by Cameron Stevens on December 27th, 2020
The life and ministry of Elisha, the Old Testament prophet. What an amazing life! The lives changed, the miracles performed, and salvation presented through one man. Absolutely inspiring. But there was one particular story that grabbed my attention more that any other.  Read More
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It's just an empty cup
by Cameron Stevens on December 21st, 2020
As I look forward to Christmas with my family, I can honestly say that once again, the Lord has taught me so much this past year! We will celebrate Christmas at our house, by our tree, in our pj's. Of course, my kids will clamor to rip open their presents. However, before the living room is destroyed with wrapping paper and empty bags and boxes, we will pause to read the Christmas story together as a family.   Read More
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The pedestal has been destroyed
by Cameron Stevens on December 14th, 2020
"Christ didn't die for us, save us, set us free, only to place us back on the pedestal, so as not to fall off again." (Pastor Ryan Sharp) I love the vision of this concept! Growing up in the church, this had been my thought process about Christianity. Throughout junior high and high school, this is how I spent my life. When I sinned against God, I felt as if I had fallen and needed to be reprimanded for what I had done wrong.  Read More
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Forward Looking Faith
by Cameron Stevens on November 30th, 2020
There is a world of difference between having faith, and living faith. We are currently a "church-in-a-box". A mobile church that is using a golf course's event tent as our sanctuary, having to use their folding chairs. As I watched people come in to church, I was looking for something specific. I watched to see how many people examined the chairs before they sat down. How many would question and test the strength of the chair that would hold them prior to sitting down? Would anyone make sure the bolts and legs were secure before easing in for the service? Interestingly enough, no one did. In a very simple way, they all had enough faith to sit in those chairs, with the expectation they would be held up for the next couple of hours.  Read More
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Commitment is Easy
by Cameron Stevens on November 2nd, 2020
“Commitment is easy. Committing to the right thing is the difficult task.” It's just one of those sayings that has stuck with me. It became embedded in my mind for whatever reason. Commitment is easy when everything is handed to you. It’s pretty darn easy to commit to reading a book, or watching your favorite television show every week. Oh how your attitude shifts and your schedule changes when it conflicts with the season finale of 'This Is Us'. It’s even easy to go on a short-term missions trip, because you know you’re coming home to the lifestyle you’re accustomed to. All of this determination to read the book cover to cover, watch the entire series, and even punch your mission card doesn’t really adjust your life’s ebb and flow.  Read More
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Practicing Inconsistency
by Cameron Stevens on October 5th, 2020
“They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” (Titus 1:16) Where does that sit with you? How are we to then live? If your answer is “like Christ”, then you ought to walk in the same manner as He walked, correct? If you are unclear as to what that looks like in the practical, daily sense, get to know your Savior.  Read More
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Greater Joy
by Cameron Stevens on September 28th, 2020
After picking up my daughter from school, I needed to run to the grocery store for a couple dinner items. Upon checking out, my 12 year old looks at our cashier and says, "I just want to tell you that you are a beautiful person." It was one of those moments that made me well up with pride and joy. I welcome these moments, especially when they come from my pre-teen who, well, is a pre-teen...nuff said. Or other moments, like when my other daughter decides to pack more food in her lunch because a friend at school often comes to school with very little to eat. Or when my son desires to pray before our meals. These are the moments when I can see God's Word come to life when it says, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 1:4)  Read More
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Before you take your mark
by Cameron Stevens on September 14th, 2020
Ever watch the Olympics? I do, and my favorite athletes to watch are the sprinters in the track & field events. The power they exhibit coming off the blocks, the flawless running form, and the speed is awesome to watch! As I'm sure you have noticed, they are dressed very differently in how they come on to the track, versus what they wear when they run...How can we move forward down the track (in ministry) while carrying all the extra weight of sin?  Read More
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The Light Inside
by Cameron Stevens on September 7th, 2020
Everyone has sung the old children’s song 'This Little Light of Mine' in church before. It’s a cute rendition to explain that we are to let our light shine for Jesus. As St. Francis of Assisi is credited with saying, “Preach the gospel to all the world, and if necessary, use words.” It’s a great challenge for us all to live our faith and present the actions and love of Jesus to the world around us. However, what we’re talking about here is not so much the light that you let shine, but the light that is within you.   Read More
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In My Time Of Need
by Cameron Stevens on August 24th, 2020
In the book of Psalms, David passionately declares that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). I can honestly say that there have not been too many times in my life where I felt as if I was in distress, unsure of where my life was headed. This verse and so many others provided me the comfort needed when a part of this world seemed to crash down around me.   Read More
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