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Money Matters

by: Embrace Church

10/18/2019

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Each week, as a local group of people who are trying to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Greatest Commandment, we meet in order to encourage each other, challenge each other, and push each other to be on mission together. Part of that process involves the study of scripture and application to our lives. This includes teaching, asking difficult questions, and giving space for everyone’s answers. We believe that circles are better than rows. But not everything that is prepared for t

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Your Story Matters

by: Embrace Church

09/28/2019

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Each week, as a local group of people who are trying to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Greatest Commandment, we meet in order to encourage each other, challenge each other, and push each other to be on mission together. Part of that process involves the study of scripture and application to our lives. This includes teaching, asking difficult questions, and giving space for everyone’s answers. We believe that circles are better than rows. But not everything that is prepared for th

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Mental Health and Faith

by: Embrace Church

09/20/2019

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Mental health is a serious issue. While some people deal with anxiety in a way described in this blog, others will need more intervention to help them deal with what they are experiencing. If you or a loved are dealing with a mental illness, we encourage you to find professional help along with being in a faith community. In the Emporia area, you can visit www.crosswinds.org to take self-assessments on anxiety, depression, PTSD, or bipolar disorder and schedule an appointment with a provider. There i

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Renewing The Sabbath

by: Embrace Church

09/17/2019

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Each week, as a local group of people who are trying to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Greatest Commandment, we meet in order to encourage each other, challenge each other, and push each other to be on mission together. Part of that process involves the study of scripture and application to our lives. This includes teaching, asking difficult questions, and giving space for everyone’s answers. We believe that circles are better than rows. But not everything that is prepared for

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Lost and Found

by: Embrace Church

08/20/2019

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Each week, as a local group of people who are trying to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Greatest Commandment, we meet in order to encourage each other, challenge each other, and push each other to be on mission together. Part of that process involves the study of scripture and application to our lives. This includes teaching, asking difficult questions, and giving space for everyone’s answers. We believe that circles are better than rows. But not everything that is prepared for th
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The Weeds of Life

by: Embrace Church

08/13/2019

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Each week, as a local group of people who are trying to fulfill the Great Commission in the spirit of the Greatest Commandment, we meet in order to encourage each other, challenge each other, and push each other to be on mission together. Part of that process involves the study of scripture and application to our lives. This involves teaching, asking difficult questions, and giving space for everyone’s answers. We believe that circles are better than rows. But not everything that is prepared f
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Scorched Lives

by: Embrace Church

08/02/2019

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Here’s the number: one million, eight hundred and ninety-three thousand, nine hundred and thirteen acres of forest burned this past year in “The Golden State”. As we were getting ready to move from California this time last year, the fires began. The state at that point would still be going through the very last of an eight-year drought. No one would ever have thought that there would be loss and devastation of such an epic proportion. Eighty-eight lives were also lost in the fall out of the fi

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The Abusive Gospel

by: Embrace Church

02/11/2019

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“With great power comes great responsibility” or so the saying goes. It’s a true sentiment, at least in my experience. I love superheroes. And as superheroes go, Spider-Man (that is where the quote comes from) is near the top of the list. He falls into his power by accident, happen stance of being in the right place at the right time. Depending on your perspective of gaining super powers, it may be that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Regardless of which side you fall on, Peter Par

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Being Better at Being Better

by: Embrace Church

01/25/2019

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It’s been a busy week in the media. There is the kid who (may or may not be) racist. The federal government almost ended the shutdown. The Coast Guard almost got paid. New York passed a new abortion law. Gillette wanted to fill us in on toxic masculinity. There is no shortage of opinions on these matters as well. All you need to do is check the comments gallery to see outrage, excitement, relief, pain, anger, and happiness. Blame is not in short supply either. It’s the democrat’s fault. It’s

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Who's in the Nativity?

by: Embrace Church

11/27/2018

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If you came to my house sometime between November and the beginning of January, you might find that Christmas threw up in our house…everywhere! We may or may not been known as the family who puts up multiple Christmas trees inside and outside of our house. Each tree has a theme of decorations that we’ve gathered and bargain shopped over the years. In fact, we have a Christmas village that we put up every year, and our Christmas village has a Christmas tree! And while it may seem like a lot to you

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The Greener Grass

by: Mark Adams

11/12/2018

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As we were driving home from church, we drove past a brown pasture full of cows. As I looked out the window, I saw a cow with its head poked through the barbed wire fence, eating the grass on the other side. Mark and I both laughed, and said, “Wow! The grass is really greener on the other side.” This cow was reaching under the barbwire fence, using its neck to lift the wire, and reaching out as far as it could, past its boundary, to get to this green grass. Now, the grass was just fine inside

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The Church and Politics

by: Mark Adams

10/19/2018

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Election day is nearing. Perhaps you’ve seen the signs, heard the ads, or received one of those mailers telling you who you should or shouldn’t vote for. Voting is an honored part of the tradition of American history and the history of many other countries that enjoy similar freedoms. For those voting for the first time, many will experience a tremendous sense of pride. For those voting more times than they can count, pride or perhaps dread may fill their hearts. Elections are no laughing matter.

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Why Missional?

by: Mark Adams

10/11/2018

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For many, "missional" might be an unknown term. It is one you will hear us throw around regularly as we break down how we do what we do and why we do it. Cassie offers a great explanation of why Embrace Church chooses to intentionally be a missional church. If you want to better understand the term "missional", you can check out this article.

The simplest way to answer the question of why we want a missional movement in the church is because faith is not forged in a meeting room. We can be educated i

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Why Plant A Church?

by: Mark Adams

09/27/2018

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I think one of the most important questions you can ask is “Why?” That one word can open a world of discovery. It can change the way you interact with the world around you. That singular question can adjust your every action. Don’t believe me? Try asking yourself these questions next time the opportunity presents itself:
Why is traffic stopped?
Why do we do what we do?

Why is my child acting out like this?

Why am I doing what I am doing?

So, it goes without saying that, in starting a new churc


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What's in a name?

by: Mark Adams

09/19/2018

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When I was a kid, I really wanted to change my name. There was no reason, I just felt like a Michael, really Mike (I know…quite a bit different from my actual name of Mark) or Tom. Mark just didn’t feel like it fit. Then, I remember walking into some souvenir shop and seeing a rack of keychains with name meanings. I was intrigued and needed to know more. I frantically looked for my name. Matthew, Matt, Marc, Marcus, Martin, Mason…wait…where’s my name?! It would take some time, but I

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