Evil and Goodness

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Evil and Goodness

This summer we have been looking at the fruit of the Spirit and having tough conversations about their opposites. Last week at Campfire Church we talked about what evil looks like, what goodness is, and what God says about it.

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Brutality and Kindness

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Brutality and Kindness

Just this afternoon I read a post on my community Facebook page about someone paying for someone else’s coffee. It was a kind and generous gesture on the part of a stranger that blessed a mom who had a rough start to her Monday morning. Her post was followed up with lots of huzzah’s and general encouragement to pay it forward. At the surface this felt like genuine kindness. But it got me thinking: was this what God had in mind for kindness, a fruit of His Spirit, or might there be a little more to it?

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3 days isn't long enough to learn 4bearance

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3 days isn't long enough to learn 4bearance

When was a time you got what you thought you deserved? How about when you got what you deserved, and it was something bad?

We all have stories on both sides of the coin. Last week at Campfire Church we discussed forbearance and what it looks like.

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Despair and Joy

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Despair and Joy

Despair is not an easy conversation topic, but is very relatable. This week we listened to each other's experiences with despair and what we're learning about joy.

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Love and Hate

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Love and Hate

Mark discussed how people love to find fault with and show hate to people. And increasingly we've seen anger and hate expressed toward Christ followers. Hate often comes out of wounds that people have in their life. 

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13 Reasons Why

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13 Reasons Why

The recent Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has created a firestorm in pop culture and around everyday dinner tables. As an avid Netflix watcher, you may have already tried watching episode 1. Or perhaps you've heard the buzz, read the articles on Facebook and chosen to abstain. Regardless of your Netflix watching status, the issues raised by the show have created a conversation for schools, mental health professionals, parents and teens themselves. 

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Adding it up

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Adding it up

When most people hear the word Revelation they think, "Oh no the world is coming to an end!" At Campfire Church last week, we talked about Revelation 8, pennies, and the difference we can make.

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Selfie people

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Selfie people

Ever watched one of those YouTube videos where someone is preoccupied with their phone and walks into a pole or falls into a fountain? (Hopefully you haven’t been that person, but if you have, thank you for entertaining us and helping us with this metaphor.) A lot can happen by not paying attention to what's around you, both to you and to others.

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Life's puzzles and lists

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Life's puzzles and lists

Lists are what make the world go ‘round! Well, for someone like me that’s pretty true. The truth is that lists can be awfully helpful when trying to accomplish something: a successful grocery shopping trip, a thorough spring house cleaning, and even our spiritual growth. I bet you didn’t see that one coming! However, when we’re lacking an important component from our list, we may feel frustrated or even held back from moving forward in our efforts.

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Suffering for good

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Suffering for good

Andrea Nelson walked us through 1 Peter 3 last Saturday at CREATE’s Fireside Church. She shared a little of her story and how she has been hurt by someone else even when has done the right thing. Sometimes doing the right thing doesn't give us immediate benefit but, as Peter addresses in this chapter, it can be a witness to those around us.

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A journey of faith

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A journey of faith

As we sat enjoying another glorious Minnesota spring night, we got to hear from Angela as she shared part of her story and what faith has to do with our relationship with God. It seems silly, but sometimes they don’t play out the way we would expect. With our first campfire of the year blazing and the s’mores speaking to us, we got to really turn over the idea of faith.

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God's Promise of Rest

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God's Promise of Rest

The church may be a place to go, but it is the people that truly make the church a church. But if we just stay inside our church what good does that do? If Jesus stayed in his tomb it would have been the logical conclusion, and a good story, but Jesus (and each of us) had more to do.

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