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In our current series, we are looking at our shadows. Everyone has their own. Anything we try to keep hidden or avoid; the things we try never to speak about.

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Two weeks ago here at the Westside Blog, we talked about resetting your family for the season of Fall and how one might have a structured conversation to do that. Part of this conversation involved asking questions. Questions are powerful.Questions are the driving force in relationships.

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We often talk about how the Bible is a blueprint for our lives. It shows us how to be good people, faithful friends, and the hands and feet of God to the world that He loves. A tall order, really. Let’s take that order and break it down into a bite sized piece: Conflict. If you plan to love the world around you, the first thing you have to be prepared for is conflict.

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Hot Topic: Grounding Your Family Before The Fall SeasonSummer is long and loud and fun and so, so busy. If you have multiple kids in multiple grades, I’m surprised that you’re even reading this right now. Between day camps, overnight camps, conferences, visiting family, family vacations, work trips, lessons, first jobs, summer internships, and play dates, it’s impressive that the average family still remembers what the others look like. This is part of the fun and madness …

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Politics are sticky. In this great country, we the people are blessed to have a part to play and voice to be heard in the process of selecting our leaders; a process that has grown stickier each election. In many ways, your political views have become synonymous with your religious views – which is not all bad. Our relationship with the Lord should permeate every area of our lives and especially our major life decisions, such as, whom we see fit to lead our country. This mingling of Go…

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We recently talked about The Poetry of the Bible and their unique way of ushering us into our deepest places with God. This deep honesty can be difficult and frightening as it forces us out of our clearly defined comfort zones. Comfort zones aren’t all bad, but all of life doesn’t happen in there. It is only at the edge of your comfort zone that the important questions demand to be asked.

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The following notes developed out of my preparation to speak on the Old Testament Books of Prophecy as part of the Story of God series at Westside Church.As I dug into the background of the prophets God sent to the nations of Judah and Israel following the division of the Kingdom, I noticed so many things about the prophets, their prophecies, and the settings in which they were delivered that it simply wouldn’t fit into a single message.I know that some of you would like to dig a little de…

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The glorious islands found in the rough waters of Lake Victoria: Rugged, remote, nearly forgotten and entirely wild. These distant shores, and more importantly their inhabitants, have undoubtedly caught the eye of Jesus. To Him, these hearts are seen plainly and beautifully through the thicket of rough terrain and societal judgements.

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 You are invited to attend the Westside Church 2017 Leader Advance! This invitation-only event is for all leaders in various roles both inside and outside of Westside Church. Please join us for a morning of encouragement and inspiration through worship, discussion, and teaching.Topic: Emotionally Healthy Leaders  When: Saturday, May 6th.