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Let’s Do This Together – 31 Days in the Bible

Something had been on my heart lately and in a time of praying for The Paradox Church this was my plea to our Father: “I want our people to know you, God—your bigness and love; your glory and your grace. I want their hearts dripping, saturated with the glory and grace of Jesus that it […]

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Get Trained For a Life of Mission: Porterbrook

  By Ryan Keeney Apply for the 2017-2018 year of Porterbrook today. I have a certificate of completion for the two year program of Porterbrook mounted in my office. What does it mean? Nothing in regards to a masters degree. Nothing to those that come into my office for counseling. Nothing for my resume. Everything […]

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Joyful Repentance Resources

During our equipped series we want to provide you with resources to go deeper into these practices and to help you grow in them. Here are some resources on Joyful Repentance: Joyful Repentance:Turning away from lesser joys (in sin and idolatry) and turning to the Greater Joy (in Christ). True repentance ends in rejoicing. Books […]

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Pastor Jim’s Top 10 Books 2016

    by Pastor Jim Essian   Each year I keep track of all the books I’ve read; sort of an annual personal curation—all right, it’s nerdy, I know. But for all my Kindle reading nerd-dom, I was able to find my ten favorites and share them with you so that perhaps I can save […]

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Parenting: What is our Chief Aim?

by Pastor Jim Essian “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) First, let us see to what end our parenting is aiming and take a closer look at the key that unlocks this verse: “. . . of the Lord.” The Apostle […]

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On Mission in Portugal: an Update from the Pearsons

Justin and Julie Pearson are Partners at The Paradox currently living in Lisbon, Portugal. We are continuing to adjust to life here Lisbon. Pretty much everyday is a new experience, some are good and some are hard. Thankfully God has blessed us with lots of people who have been willing to help. We are about […]

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Baptism Story: Jonathan Lincoln

Jonathan Lincoln was baptized on September 25th at The Paradox Church. This is the story of how God saved him and why he got baptized. There were two defining moments in my life that brought me to God. When I entered the military, I felt as though I had no need for God. This was […]

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The Art and The Audience

The arts play a significant role in reflecting and directing our worship. And whether we know it or not we all participate. Our brother Paul shows us this in Romans 1 when he says that God’s divine nature and eternal power are displayed in the things that are made. How many times have we experienced […]

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The Narrative of Relative Morality

  “What is strong wins: that is the universal law.” – Nietzche, Notes “There are no facts, only interpretations” – Nietzche, Notebooks In the 21st century, it is doubtful that there are any who have not encountered the idea of non-absolute morality. Non-absolute, or relative, morality is a system of right and wrong, which is […]

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Resources for God’s Story and Lenses

We all view the world through glasses, through a narrative, a story, that helps us interpret the culture we breathe in and breathe out. We are all culture makers and culture exegetes—that is, we participate in the making of our culture and, at the same time, we are constantly making value and moral judgements of […]

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