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Urban Legends of Spiritual Growth

Sorry to ruin your day, but Elvis has not been in the witness protection program since 1977, Mr. Rogers was not a Navy seal and Walt Disney is not cryogenically frozen waiting for medical technology to bring him back to life. Those are all urban legends. So is the idea that spiritual growth is for a select few, that it happens automatically and that it’s a private, personal matter. Join us this week as we drop some truth bombs on urban legends of spiritual growth.

References:

  • - Matthew 28:19-20
  • - Philippians 2:12
  • - I Peter 1:3-8
  • - Hebrews 10:24-25
Are We There Yet?
At weddings, in the U.S., we exchange rings, light candles and throw rice. In Ireland, they tie a knot around the clasped hands of the bride and groom. At Jewish weddings, the happy couple crushes a wine glass and everyone shouts, “Mazel Tov!” In certain parts of China, the new husband carries his bride across a bed of hot coals. No matter where you’re from, people come up with some strange rituals to mark important occasions. But the one in Genesis 15 may be the weirdest thing you’ve ever heard of.
Baby Sunday / Little Faith
There is an iffiness about faith for most of us. A certain . . . uncertainty. We believe the promises of God, but life keeps offering evidence to the contrary. When we struggle with doubt, does God get angry? Give up on us? Or give us what we need to stay on the journey?
Alterations
Americans spend millions on self help books, seminars, weight loss programs, gym memberships and counselors. All because we want to be better. Oh, and we go to church a lot too. What if we are going about it all wrong?
Anatomy of a Detour
Anxiety and hope see the same situation. The difference is that anxiety anticipates danger. Hope anticipates deliverance.
Step One
They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. What they didn’t tell you, though, is that step one is often the hardest. In Genesis 12, Abraham takes that first step. God makes a promise and Abraham believes it. Every other plodding foot fall in the journey depends on believing that God keeps his promises. In a world of broken contracts and empty assurances, that kind of faith can be hard to come by. Maybe that’s why God sealed this contract with his own blood.
To Settle or Set Out
You’d think words like unprecedented, revolutionary, and nextgen would apply to some new technology or novel social arrangement. And you’d be right. Except the high-tech application and never-before-tried cultural development we’re talking about happened thousands of years ago. The story is in Genesis 11. And you’ll be surprised by how familiar it feels.
Christmas Service
We recounted in scripture and song the greatest story ever told. From prophesy to his birth, his teaching and his suffering, his resurrection and his invitation to join him on the greatest journey ever taken.

Why Our Members Chose Twickenham

Although we were coming from a more conservative background, we quickly noticed that there was an openness and sense of welcoming that made us feel very at ease. We embrace fully what seems to be an environment of healing for the broken. We believe in moving from maintenance to mission. We have been impressed by the engaged nature of the shepherds, staff and membership.

I want to learn more about God’s Word and hold Him close in my heart. Twickenham seems to be able to guide me by offering similar perspectives to which I can relate as well as unique views that open my mind.

I was very impressed with the love, compassion and how sincere the worship is.

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