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Our trust of anyone is dependent on their ability to repeatedly come through. The story of God's faithfulness in Exodus is a picture of His grace, His provision, and His awareness of the plight of His people. Knowing that God knows, that He cares, and that He will faithfully move on behalf of His people is a great reminder of why we can trust Him. …
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Are you intimidated by the Bible? It's a lot pages, a lot of history, and lot of commands, and a lot of information about an invisible, but all powerful God. Do you feel like the Bible is important, but confusing? If so, then our new series is for you! We are going to do a flyover, book by book through the Bible. Much like your favorite shows on TV…
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More often than not during His earthly ministry, Jesus shattered the expectations of onlookers and listeners. Lucky for us, the same was true regarding His death. As miraculous as the resurrection of Jesus is, it does not matter if it doesn't matter to you. Today, we'll celebrate our Risen Savior, but we will also confront ourselves with the questi…
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As long as you think your spouse owes you, your marriage will be all about keeping score. That destroys intimacy. It destroys love. But what are we supposed to do about our hopes, dreams, and desires? First, we have an honest conversation about those things, and then we invite God into the relationship to help. God has a stipulation, though, before…
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If there is one part of scripture read at weddings more than any other it is definitely 1 Corinthians 13. It is most commonly referred to as the "love chapter." How ironic would it be if you were to find out that getting married actually makes it harder to love your spouse in the manner described in that chapter? Well, it's true. It's true because …
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There is a simple question that many or most married couples never consider, yet not knowing the answer is catastrophic to their marriage relationship and, by proxy, to their family. Here is the question: what is the purpose of marriage? If someone cannot answer that question, is it not safe to say they should not get married? Yet it is happening, …
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Our lives consist of innumerable decisions. There are limited number of hours in our day, dollars in our accounts, and loyalties to be dispensed. As a result, we are required to choose where our limited quantities of resources are placed. Each decision is a trade, one thing for another. When God offers to us a relationship with Him, it comes with a…
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Jesus said, "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." If the goal of following Christ is to align our hearts with His, wouldn't there be a problem if our treasure did not find its way to all the places and people who had Jesus' heart? Of course Jesus loves us as well, but how much stuff is too much when there are so many that do not …
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Just because something is important does not necessarily mean that it gets our full attention. Just about everyone agrees that diet and exercise are important, but not everyone eats well and exercises. Why is that? With that as a framework, is it not possible that Jesus could tell us something is of the upmost importance and we agree that it is imp…
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Do we really, actually, authentically care about the lost? If we're honest with ourselves, how much do we REALLY think about it? When we do think about them, how much does it REALLY affect us? Chances are we do not think about them very often, and when we do the truth of their reality makes a surface level impact on us. Today, we'll take our cue fr…
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To do the right thing for the wrong reason always produces, at best, a half-hearted celebration from those who hear of it. We are glad of the good done, but disturbed by the motivations behind it. When our following of Christ is reduced to a list of tasks to complete and boxes to check we are, in fact, doing the right things but from the wrong moti…
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With so many religious beliefs that include Jesus (Christian, Mormons, Jehovah's Witness, etc) and then denominations among some of those religions, it is obvious that the Bible can be interpreted differently. The truth of the matter is that there is only one correct interpretation of everything in the Bible. Lots of churches, and lots of well-mean…
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Each of us have days in our lives that live in infamy. The reason for their significance could be good or bad. They are days or moments where life after them will never be the same. When a 19th century atheist wine merchant read the words of Luke 2 about the birth of a miracle baby, he penned a poem that called that day holy. Something occurred tha…
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Every year the Christmas season seems to usher in lots of changes. From decorations, to just an overall increase in things like joy and generosity. It even has its own soundtrack and a whole genre of music dedicated to this time of year. This is true in the church as well as outside. God's people have always been a singing people. However, it is im…
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A few years ago we learned a truth about gratitude that is universal: Gratitude doesn't seem like gratitude until there is an expression or proclamation of it. In other words, you will not appear to BE grateful until you SAY you are grateful. While true, this practice is entry level gratitude. There are two additional "levels" of gratitude in which…
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Projection is the process of attributing our thoughts or beliefs onto another. We assume that our opinion is their opinion. We can do this regarding our relationship with God. We can assume wrongly in both directions. We can think too highly or too lowly of ourselves and assume that God thinks the same. Our seat at God's table reverses our projecti…
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What if there was a practice that could improve nearly every part of your life? It improves relationships, overall health and happiness, academics for children, and saves you money. If there was such a thing, would you be interested to have it? You are in luck, because today at Fusion City Church, we are beginning a new series all about that very p…
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Receiving an incredible gift should illicit a powerful and positive response from the one who receives it. How odd would it be if the opposite were true and the response to a great gift was minimal and even offensive to the giver? That seems illogical and wrong, doesn't it? What would you do if you were the one who gave the gift? What would you do …
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Would you say that your life is characterized as "powerful?" If not, is the opposite of powerful not powerless? Are those the only two options? What impact would it have on your life to learn that you have access to remarkable power and the only thing that limits it is some of your current perspectives and behaviors? Would you be willing to make so…
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In John's Gospel Jesus makes a seemingly ridiculous statement to His closest followers when He said, "It is better for you that I go away..." What could be better than having Jesus in the flesh with you and around you all day, every day? What is even more astounding is that it wasn't just true for the 12 disciples, it's also true for us. It is bett…
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At a time of the year when some turn their attention to the spooky and scary, we felt it to be a good idea to spend some time talking about our own relationship with a ghost. Most people, including a lot Christians, have no idea who the Holy Spirit is or what He does. When most say, "God" they mean the Father and then they have some understanding a…
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Knowing the truth is of little value to anyone who does not live according to it. Today, we'll conclude our series that has been designed to discover what is true by answering the question, "now what?" If there is truth, if God is real, if the New Testament is reliable, how does that translate to your everyday existence? It should, shouldn't it? If…
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Is the Bible true? It's certainly helpful, and encouraging, and inspiring. But, all of its good falls in a dim light if the people who wrote it were not accurate in their recording of historical events, or if they had ulterior motives in what they wrote and in the way they wrote. Maybe a better question is, "Why would they lie?" The great news for …
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If you believe that God exists, why do you believe it? If someone who does not hold the Bible as an authority asked you to give evidence for your belief, could you provide it without referencing the Bible? Are science and Christianity at odds or in harmony? Why are murder and rape wrong? Is our world created or evolved? If you have questions, we ha…
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All expressions of faith are a belief in something. Both Christians and Atheists have faith, the difference is the object of that faith. Until Christians can articulate the why they believe behind the what they believe they are unequipped to engage in any kind of debate with people who believe differently. If our only weapon of convincing is "becau…
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Both scripture and life experiences will tell you the same thing: children thrive in structure. Where parameters and expectations are clear, and age appropriate accountability is utilized, our kids enjoy life more and behave in a way that is much less frustrating for the parents. It is, however, up to the parents to establish a framework for expect…
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It’s impossible to parent children well, when the parents are not rowing in the same direction. The best foundation for a well developed parenting strategy is a strong and healthy relationship between the parents. This week, we'll unpack the value and some practical tools to help get parents on the same page.…
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Every parent that has children older than yours will tell you a version of the same statement: "Don't blink or you'll miss it." Or perhaps, "the days are long but the years are short." Chances are that you have heard it said exactly like one of those. For parents, it never feels like we have enough time inside of the current phase to actually maste…
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It most likely goes without saying that every Christian should read the Bible. What most fail to realize is what it says if you do not WANT to read the Bible or if you do not enjoy it when you do read. Today we'll examine a passage that answers that question and we'll learn some practical ways to help you enjoy what you read more…
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Today is a unique day at Fusion City Church. Our Christmas in July event is an opportunity for us to focus in on our ministry to families through the local school system. We have invited representatives from the school to share with us about the successes and the needs of Kannapolis City Schools. Every year our church provides gifts to the elementa…
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Our finances tell a story. For those who follow Christ, the goal of our lives is to tell good "God stories." We want to tell stories that honor God and make Him more famous, because that is what He deserves. This means, regarding our family's finances, we have to ask and answer the question "what story are my finances telling about God?"…
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No general would go to war without a plan, or a family on a long road trip without directions. Every successful business has a strategy. Planning for success is the best way to achieve it, yet millions of people around the globe operate their family's finances with no plan, no strategy, no real forethought at all and then wonder why they have no su…
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All of us have been lied to about money because almost everything the culture tells us about it is ultimately harmful to us. In addition to outside influence, our internal desires to be like those who have more or better, or to be liked and admired by others for what we have drive us to handle money dangerously. Fortunately for us, knowing that mon…
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What does the Bible mean when it says that we should love God with all of our strength? Jesus said that doing so was part of the equation to inherit eternal life, but the practical application can seem a little ambiguous. So, today at Fusion City Church we'll work to remove the confusion by looking at an example of someone who got it wrong, and the…
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Scripture and science agree, the quality and content of how you think determines your perception of life as a whole. You are not just a physical being, and how you think and what you think matters. The great news for Christ followers is that if and when we fall into "stinking thinking" there is a pathway out and toward something better. However, to…
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When someone lies to us over and over again, we stop trusting them, and we stop listening to their advice. There is one person we continue to trust despite being fooled over and over, and it is ourself. The "just follow your heart" mantra is everywhere. The problem with that sentiment is that it is destructive. In week 2 of our series Horseshoes an…
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Everyone has a different measure of success. As Christians, though, our scorecard for how well we are following Christ should probably match the scorecard that Jesus gave us. In our new series starting today, we'll discover what that scorecard looks like, and hopefully as a church, make some commitments to align our definition of good enough with t…
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Every one of us are affected by what we think about. It is most likely the general consensus that we don't have a lot of control over what makes its way into our minds. The Apostle Paul would emphatically disagree! He even gives us a tool on how to control what we think about, and a list of things we should be considering regularly. We'll examine t…
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Tucked away in Philippians 4 is a nuanced promise that Paul said Christians can lean on. He tells us that when life is chaotic or full of stress we can receive the peace OF God. He does not say peace FROM God, but OF God. The difference between those two little words is significant and today we'll learn why together.…
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