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The Gift of Repentance

November 1, 2013 | by: Ruthie Delk | 0 comments

Many Christians think repentance is trying harder to be good. Here is a different way to look at it. Repentance is abandoning your effort to be good and embracing a totally different source of life.... Keep Reading

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What's the simplest thing that could work?

October 23, 2013 | by: Mike Osborne | 0 comments

I ran across a profound statement (actually, it's a question) in my reading this summer that I've been trying to apply both at church and at home. Here it is: "What is the simplest thing that could possibly work?"... Keep Reading

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Becoming a Welcoming Church

October 21, 2013 | by: Mike Osborne | 0 comments

It's hard to be new at a church. Church members should put themselves in visitors' shoes and lower the barriers for getting involved in a new church.... Keep Reading

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Dying for Community

September 16, 2013 | by: Mike Osborne | 1 comments

Disciples are people who have found they cannot be or make disciples in isolation. And often, the friendship of a Christian is the open door people are waiting for in order to enter the family of God.... Keep Reading

Happy Birthday, UPC!

September 12, 2013 | by: Mike Osborne | 0 comments

UPC was planted in 1991 and held its first worship service on September 15 of that year. The future of UPC looks bright. We have a clearly cast vision and a mission of making disciples. God has helped us thus far, and will surely guide us in the future.... Keep Reading

What Did the Spiritual Life Survey Reveal?

July 6, 2013 | by: Mike Osborne | 0 comments

In May of this year, 144 people at UPC filled out the Reveal Spiritual Life Survey. Here is a brief summary of the results, with a link to the full report.... Keep Reading

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What Is Disciple-Making Community?

July 6, 2013 | by: Mike Osborne | 0 comments

Where can transformational community be experienced in a big church like UPC? In small groups. But not just any small group will succeed in making disciples. What are the key ingredients of small groups that birth disciples?... Keep Reading

Adoption: The Apex of God's Grace to Us

July 6, 2013 | by: Mike Osborne | 0 comments

One of the fruits of the gospel besides justification and sanctification is adoption. In fact, it can truly be said that adoption is a higher blessing than even those two gifts of God's amazing grace.... Keep Reading

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Why Have an Estate Plan?

April 10, 2013 | by: Mike Osborne | 0 comments

It's important to plan for an uncertain future. UPC is hosting a free Estate Planning Seminar on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Be wise. Attend.... Keep Reading

Spiritual Parenting

April 9, 2013 | by: Mike Osborne | 0 comments

Parents are the primary nurturers of their children's faith. But spiritual parenting is not perfect parenting.... Keep Reading

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