Honesty, Courage, and Depression

January 16, 2021 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

“He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.”  -Psalm 107:14 Not long-ago Jess Francis, with great courage, spoke out in one of our podcasted services about her ongoing struggle with clinical depression. The result of her honesty was a beautiful time of confession, both during the public serv... Keep Reading

Pantomime or the Real Thing.

December 4, 2020 | by: Taryn Turpin | 0 Comments

I love a hot cup of tea. Each morning, especially on a work day, I begin with a cup of black tea, preferably English breakfast.  It doesn't feel right to start with the zing of Earl Gray or the unusual seasoning of Orange Pekoe. Only English breakfast will do I had a tea awakening in the late nineties. Fresh out of college and newly baptized,... Keep Reading

Self-Condemnation and Others

October 13, 2020 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Recently I wrote of my own past struggles with self-condemnation during my 30 years as a follower of Christ. In this piece I address an unfortunate “side-effect” of this problem: the condemnation of others.  One of the many drawbacks of a self-condemnatory spirit masquerading as the voice of God in a believer’s life is its p... Keep Reading

Self-Condemnation vs. Self-Denial

September 25, 2020 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

A personal note: Our pastor’s new series entitled “No Condemnation, the Ridiculous Reality Found Only in Jesus” has a special resonance in my heart. The tendency to self-condemn has dogged me, to one degree or another, for basically my entire Christian life. In recent years, though, it has become far, far less of a problem for me.... Keep Reading

What One Man's Sabbath Looks Like

August 8, 2020 | by: Shea Oakley | 2 Comments

Jesus told us that “the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27). Present-day Christ-followers debate about whether observing a regular sabbath day is still mandated for New Testament believers. I take a particular and fairly strong stance on this question, but whatever position you might hold most would agree that... Keep Reading

The Pledge

June 18, 2020 | by: Christine Sargent | 1 Comments

    For most kids, when they are at school, their mornings begin with them standing, hand over heart, to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. This is a key patriotic exercise that we require daily from our children as an oath of allegiance to the U.S. flag and what it stands for. Since quarantine started, every morning we receive a ... Keep Reading

When Emotional Healing Is Needed

February 25, 2020 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

Last Sunday’s message went a long way towards de-stigmatizing two wrongs ways of thinking still present to some degree in the larger Church today. They are: The idea that there is automatically something seriously wrong morally with a child of God who is struggling with any emotional and/or psychological illness. The idea that only prayer... Keep Reading

How to Protect Unity at TLC

February 8, 2020 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Unity is, or should be, a primary goal in every Christian congregation. With the possible exception of ongoing rank heresy or unrepented mass wrongdoing going on there should be no reason why Spirit-led Christians cannot work through all their differences and get along. The above is, of course, very easy to write. As this past sermon pointed out, ... Keep Reading

Wisdom From the Spirit

November 23, 2019 | by: Dick Borg | 1 Comments

     I laughed last Sunday when Pastor Chris said, “Professional Weaker Brother”, as I’ve met a few of them through the years.  I thought at the time they were over-sensitive judges of everyone’s behavior that was unlike their own—much like today’s coddled millennials living in the safe s... Keep Reading

Enjoying Life Is Not a Sin

November 23, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

Intensely enjoying something does not necessarily make it into an idol. If the ability to experience a particular pleasure is God-given, and the way and time in which it is enjoyed is God-approved, it is safe to say that a Christian’s enjoyment of it is God-ordained. Unfortunately, through two-thousand years of church history there have alwa... Keep Reading

How To Know if Something Good Has Become an Idol

November 19, 2019 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Yesterday we finished our series "Being a Wise Church: 7 Principles to Consider".  But there is one lingering question that was not addressed clearly:  How do I know when something that I enjoy and was once thankful to God for becomes an idol? How do I know when something that can be done out of worship TO God now becomes the object of ... Keep Reading

Loving Each Other is Our Highest Calling

November 16, 2019 | by: Sarah-Ann Yersin | 1 Comments

Have you ever had a season in your life in which it's become apparent that God is tugging at one, specific area of your heart?Well, I'm in one of those seasons. The Book of 1 Corinthians has proven to be one of the most influential books of the bible in my walk with Christ. At the start of this series, I remember first hearing the title "Church ... Keep Reading

Legalism, License, and the "Spirit Of the Law"

November 9, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

The “spirit of the law” spoken of in the New Testament is revealed in a believer through the Holy Spirit, not through self-indulgence or self-righteousness, not, in fact, through “self”-anything but through God. Knowledge of the difference between the letter and the spirit of the law is at the very core of the new life grant... Keep Reading

God and Sandcastles

October 9, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

“Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.” -1st Corinthians 7:31 (NLT) The recent sermon from our current series in which the theme was “Life is too long to take marriage and singleness so seriously” was a convicting one for me. I believe the... Keep Reading

Using the Most Terrible to Glorify the Most Good

October 5, 2019 | by: Sarah-Ann Yersin | 1 Comments

I walked away from Sunday's service feeling empowered; the sermon spoke to my heart. It sprouted in my mind memories of past experiences in which I let envy bubble and brew in my heart, and consequently allowed it to seep into my relationship with the Lord and with others (which is never a pretty sight...). Thanks to the Lord's great love fo... Keep Reading

Self-Discipline and the Legitimacy of Pleasure

September 27, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Discipline enables us to enter into, and be abandoned to, legitimate pleasure at the appropriate time. Lack of discipline leads to wrong pleasure being indulged in at the wrong time. A mistake Christians sometimes make is to reject the willful enjoyment of even that which is not inherently evil. The problem is not found in drinking deeply of deligh... Keep Reading

Flee and Pursue

September 17, 2019 | by: Dick Borg | 0 Comments

    The sermon on Sunday ought to be preached in every church worldwide! Our three married children prefer to think that their parents are 75-year old virgins, but their mere existence proves otherwise.      Since I know that preachers don’t have time to say everything that could be said in one sermon, let me share s... Keep Reading

What Am I Rooted In?

August 3, 2019 | by: Sarah-Anne Yersin | 1 Comments

I think often the world distracts us, and draws our branches outward and attacks us from beneath. Our roots and the soil around them can be so easily twisted and wrapped up in nutrients we have been told we need by the world...and the scary part is, if we’re not careful to keep Jesus at the forefront of our hearts, we won’t even notice.... Keep Reading

Just Between the Two of You

July 19, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

In recent weeks we have been learning about how to handle situations in which someone in a church fellowship is engaged in ongoing wrong behavior. Matthew 18:15-17 says, “If your brother or sister sins go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they wil... Keep Reading

Reprimand to Self

May 24, 2019 | by: Serrene Turpin | 1 Comments

the below was taken from Serrene's blog at This blog post is not meant to condemn, or frown upon anyone who misses church sponsored events. This blog post is a confession of my sin to the church.   ---------------- Matthew 21:16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked. “Yes,&r... Keep Reading

He Longs to Gather Us

May 17, 2019 | by: Nancy Miszczenski | 0 Comments

He longs to gather us..... As I was listening to the message on Sunday, I was reminded of a story told to me many years ago when I was a young mom.  This particular teacher often shared about animals ~ and since I am a lover of animals as well as children, they spoke to my heart and have stayed with me ever since.    The photo... Keep Reading

A Hard Confession

May 8, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

When I heard last Sunday’s message about our calling to be witnesses I found myself feeling challenged in a way I simply did not want to be challenged. That is the unfortunate truth and it has been this way for much of my Christian life. I hate being told to “step out of my comfort zone”, to take risks in sharing the Gospel, to be... Keep Reading

The following is an excerpt taken from a longer post on Dick's website: Branches in the Vine.  -------------- Someone said, “Telling your faith in God story is like sharing your candy with a friend”.   Followers of Christ should tell their story to encourage those they know and love to be “seekers” of Christ... Keep Reading

Beyond Words

April 27, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Many Christians have written of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The number of words devoted to this event is likely only surpassed by the many accounts of His death. In a sense this seems unfortunate. It is not that his Passion is to be trivialized. The story of the cross is the story of the ages and it is certainly true that without Good Friday ... Keep Reading

Too Much Information

April 5, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

  I had to laugh when Pastor Chris advised us last Sunday to “pray for the mind of Christ and then Google.” (Italics mine). A couple of months ago I was dealing with a health issue and he asked how I was doing. I said fine, but indicated I wanted to check out a couple of my symptoms on a Google search. His response was something ... Keep Reading

Let's Hear It For the Girls

March 22, 2019 | by: Tom Sargent | 1 Comments

Several weeks back, when Chris was finishing up his series on Fighting for Rest, he spoke of how non-Christian and non-religious things can point us to God.  He used multiple examples ranging from an alcoholic drink to Netflix.  The basic premise was that even though these were not necessarily Christian activities we could appreciate them... Keep Reading

Always Back to the Cross

March 16, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Last Sunday Pastor Chris preached on the centrality of the cross to the authentic Christian life. He also called each of us back to the cross if we have in some way, in any way, drifted from it. He even went so far as to ask anyone who had lost sight of the cross of Christ, and wanted to have it front and center again, to raise their hands. Like ma... Keep Reading

Lies Gone Wild

March 8, 2019 | by: Sarah-Anne Yersin | 1 Comments

Church gone WILD? Yes, CHURCH GONE WILD! For the longest time, I believed that other Christians had attained the perfect life (or at least one closer to perfection than mine) that I had always dreamed of and could never quite get to (and it's a daily battle, tearing down this lie gone wild in my mind...). They'd "made it". They had the perfect r... Keep Reading

The Myth Of the "Silver Bullet"

February 27, 2019 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

“While growing spiritually, don’t be looking for the next ‘buzz.’” These words from last Sunday’s sermon deeply resonated with me. I spent so many years seeking that one “Mountaintop Experience”, that one spiritual  “silver bullet” which would put right all of what so often felt so v... Keep Reading

Chris’s message this week on the biblical call to submit to the authorities God has put (or at least allowed to be) over us brought to my mind a memory from 25 years ago. At the time I was a senior at our denomination’s college in Nyack, New York. That year I had been privileged to have the responsibility of being managing editor of The... Keep Reading

Grace In the Gray Areas

November 17, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

Some believers seem to hate ambiguity of any kind, especially as it relates to God. The idea that there are areas of mystery in knowing and relating to Him is intolerable for many. All too often the fear that results from coming face to face with this mystery drive them to attempt to find in the Word of God a clear cut answer to every question. The... Keep Reading

“Slavery”, Love and True Freedom

November 17, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 2 Comments

To be a slave to love is not to be a slave at all because there is no slavery in true love. When we are possessed by it we are, paradoxically, set free. This truth is important to remember when we read in the Scriptures about being slaves or “bond-servants” (Doulos in the Greek) to Christ. It is only love that compels us to give ourselv... Keep Reading

Dreams Lost, Dreams Redeemed

November 3, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 2 Comments

Good messages often contain something that remains with the listener well after that message ends. This was true for me with a recent sermon in our “Power and Authority of a Submissive Heart” series. Near the end of the message Pastor Chris said something that struck a deep chord of personal meaning in me. To paraphrase him he said that... Keep Reading

Not Flesh and Blood

October 26, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12 This verse has the potential to set us free from so much unnecessary human conflict in this life, yet it seems to be one of ... Keep Reading

Stop Eating the Vomit

October 12, 2018 | by: Dick Borg | 0 Comments

The following is an excerpt from a longer post called Stop Eating the Vomit at Dick Borg's blog, Branches in the Vine.  -------------------------- But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. - 1 Timothy 6:11   Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue right... Keep Reading

The Only Author and Perfecter of Human Obedience

October 8, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

Two Sundays ago we learned that any hope the sincere Christ-follower has of learning the way of submission to God Himself, and any legitimate human authority, must begin with understanding the ultimate submission of God, the Son of God, to God, the Father. In fact, if it were not for the obedience of Jesus on Earth two-thousand years ago we would n... Keep Reading

The Desolation of Disobedience

September 22, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

I believe that one of the implications of the message Pastor Chris used this past Sunday to begin the new Power and Authority of a Submissive Heart series is that Human beings were originally created to experience submission to God as pure joy. How great was our fall that today so many of us tend to hate the very thought of submission, not only to ... Keep Reading

Confessions of a TLC Conservative

September 13, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 2 Comments

I believe Pastor Chris’s message this past Sunday especially resonated with many people, and I was no exception. The section about inclusivity being part of our church’s vision was what made me think the most, but I also believe inclusivity cannot be thought about apart from another aspect of True Life’s “spiritual DNA&rdquo... Keep Reading

Healing From the Offense Trap

August 1, 2018 | by: Anonymous | 1 Comments

I'm writing this email as The Offense Trap series comes to an end because, during these past few weeks, I believe I have been delivered from the trap I had been caught in for over forty years! It happened so suddenly and miraculously , especially because I wasn't even praying for it and I certainly didn't recognize that I needed healing! For all ... Keep Reading

When Someone Is Offended By You

June 29, 2018 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

I had to cut this out out of the last sermon because there was not enough time, but it's important to think about: What if someone else is offended by me? We talked throughout the series about how to deal with being offended at someone else / God, and the need to address it with the person if we can't shake the hurt. But what if I'm not the one h... Keep Reading

When It Is Wrong To Be Nice

June 28, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

“It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy-from lack of character.” -Dag Hammarskjold Christians are called to love their enemies. For fallen human beings this is one of the hardest messages Jesus preached. The old man’s desire is to do anything but love those who have caused us pain. For most believers learning to ... Keep Reading

Break The Jaw

June 20, 2018 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Psalm 3 Arise, Lord!    Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw;    break the teeth of the wicked.   I used to think David was praying for revenge, for justice, for vengeance. But I was talking to a pastor who is much smarter than me and he said that the jaw and the teeth were symbols of the st... Keep Reading

Anger and the Throne of Our Hearts

June 20, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

“In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry”  Ephesians 4:26 It has been said that those who anger us control us. Having such control may not be the conscious goal of the person our anger is directed towards, in fact oftentimes they may not even know we feel this way, but whatever the knowledge ... Keep Reading

Bitterness Kills

June 4, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

There is a certain cold logic to bitterness. Bitterness appeals most strongly to our sense of right and wrong, to our sense of fairness. Bitterness says that we have a permanent right to hate those who have hurt us or allowed us to be hurt by others. It is more interested in past losses than present and future gains. It forfeits hope and doesn&rsqu... Keep Reading

Authentic Fruit and the Christian Life

May 21, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

A fruitful Christian life does not come from working ever harder in the power of the flesh, rather It comes from being in ever more intimate union with Jesus Christ. We are so often tempted by the idea of “redoubling our efforts” when we fall flat on our faces spiritually, but that is the last thing that will put us back on ou... Keep Reading

Love Is Not the Easy Thing

January 27, 2018 | by: Shea Oakley | 1 Comments

Real love can be a difficult thing to both give and receive. This is especially true for those of us for whom human affection has been an inconstant, conditional thing. It is also true of we who, for that and other reasons, have a terrible tendency towards “self-preservation” at the cost of relationship. As with many aspects of our flaw... Keep Reading

About seven years ago I had a personal trainer who told me one day that his wife had been treated for abdominal cysts that had been serious enough to warrant surgical intervention, apparently more than once. He also told me that she would be going for testing the next day because the doctors were virtually certain that she had another one. I told h... Keep Reading

Healing for Liz Mack

November 30, 2017 | by: Liz Mack | 0 Comments

In 2010 my life was drastically changed. I was filled with an overwhelming feeling that I needed to find a church and renew my relationship with God. In August I started my journey back into God’s fold. It was an amazing time in my life I felt the best I ever had. In October I had a routine surgery and three days later I was given t... Keep Reading

Lack of Healing Due to Lack of Faith?

November 30, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 1 Comments

There are abuses with every doctrine in Scripture. And based on what you have experienced in your life, you will add your “Yeah but what about….” after reading certain biblical passages.  When John says that 'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.... Keep Reading

Healing Story from April Walters

November 30, 2017 | by: April Walters | 0 Comments

A couple of years ago my mom had both hips replaced. Even with the replacement she was still in a lot of pain, and walked around with a cane. A couple of weeks ago, when my dad had his first stint surgery, she go up and started walking down the hospital hallway. When she began to walk without her cane, In panic I asked her where her cane was.... Keep Reading

Healing Story from Pam Hess

November 30, 2017 | by: Pam Hess | 0 Comments

I grew up Catholic so I had an idea of God and Jesus and at times would pray but no relationship. When I was 18 I hurt my back and started going to a chiro where I lived. At 27 I moved to the shore and couldn't find a chiro for over a year. I was teaching gymnastics in Livingston and commuted there 6 days a week. In June of 96 I was laying in b... Keep Reading


November 2, 2017 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

In my 27 years as a believer, I have found that how I am feeling before I open the Bible can profoundly affect how I perceive what I am studying at that moment. This is particularly true if I am in the midst of some circumstantial struggle that has contributed to a pre-existing sense of anxiety or depression. In this case, the seemingly harsher ver... Keep Reading

Count It All Joy

October 14, 2017 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

The apostle James tells us that we should “count it all joy” when we face many trials in life. He says this because of the good that comes out of persevering in our faith when troubles inevitably make their appearance. This is principally the good of a deepened and more Christlike character. Acquiring such a character is truly a blessin... Keep Reading


October 5, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 1 Comments

**the following is an excerpt from a recent sermon, which was not recorded due to technical errors.  Does Everything Really Happen for a Reason? Have you ever heard anyone say that? Of course you have. Maybe someone said it to you after a difficult circumstance and you wanted to punch ‘em?  Now no doubt we all want to believe thi... Keep Reading

Holy Pleasure

October 5, 2017 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

We must find our joy in God’s joy, our happiness in His happiness. Human beings are forever trying to achieve these legitimate states of being through illegitimate means. This is perhaps one of the more profoundly accurate definitions of sin. We dig our own wells, ignoring the one true Well, and drink deeply of the poisoned water we bring up... Keep Reading

What of Happiness?

September 16, 2017 | by: Shea Oakley | 0 Comments

the following was taken from  ------------- What is the place of human happiness in the economy of God? The world often tells us that nothing is more important than its pursuit. In fact “the pursuit of happiness” is so important in the national zeitgeist of America that it is literally enshrined in our nation&rsqu... Keep Reading

One Practical Way to Remember Our Purpose

May 13, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 2 Comments

This past Sunday was "In the Beginning - Part 2: Our Purpose.” Usually while preaching I end up leaving out some of my notes and expounding on something else. Most of the time, it’s because the notes I left out just would not be helpful. But with this past Sunday’s message, I feel it might be helpful to follow-up with a blog and ... Keep Reading

Boldness on the Job

April 29, 2017 | by: Liz Mack | 0 Comments

Below is an email sent to Pastor Chris by Liz Mack this past week.  _______________ Hi Pastor Chris! I just wanted to share something with you> Yesterday during church you were talking about the fact that one of us may be the person that God wants to use in response of someone somewhere praying. You happened to mention my name, I was payi... Keep Reading

Prepare Your Hearts for Bagels and Coffee

February 11, 2017 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Since True Life launched in March of 2013, bagels and coffee has been a staple of our Sunday gathering. We have a whole team devoted to making sure we have it. But I think it's easy to take the bagels and coffee for granted. I think it's easy to treat them as common-place. As mere niceities. Or even worse, I think it's easy for them to become di... Keep Reading


February 3, 2017 | by: April Walters | 1 Comments

 “Rehearsing your troubles results in experiencing them many times, whereas, you are meant to go through them only when they actually occur.” Sarah Young Are you like Martha in Luke 10; always going and going; always doing and doing; always worrying and worrying? Do you try to control everything in your life and then when things g... Keep Reading


November 28, 2016 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

In Matthew 24 Jesus said to his disciples, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). Jesus is coming back, but first the gospel will be preached to every nation, every people group. This is both a sign of his coming, and also a way to usher in h... Keep Reading

How to Read the Bible (A Five-Minute Video)

November 22, 2016 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

How to Read the Bible from True Life Church, NJ on Vimeo.... Keep Reading

Response Email To Sermon on God's Whispers

October 24, 2016 | by: Nanci Schiavo | 0 Comments

The following is an email sent from Nanci Schiavo after the Sunday service, where the teaching was on Prophecy, and how God loves to speak to his chlldren. - often through each other.   Wow, guys, I was so riveted to your testimony today because I had one so similar this summer, but have hesitated to tell anyone cos it's so very hard to beli... Keep Reading

Response Video to Sermon on God's Whispers

October 22, 2016 | by: Debi Holliday | 0 Comments

 The following is a video sent from Debi Holliday after the Sunday service, where the teaching was on Prophecy, and how God loves to speak to his chlldren. - often through each other. 20161021_220948_21226039434180  ... Keep Reading

Who Do You Follow?

July 21, 2016 | by: Pam Hess | 0 Comments

July 12, 2016 Thoughts during the night 1. Anything in excess is an idol against the One true God. 2. An idol is any created thing. 3. Satan and his evil ways always mirror the Truth of Jesus Christ and confuse many. 4. Satan doesn’t come up with any new tactics to take people’s eyes off of Jesus, he just uses the idols of that day... Keep Reading

Grace is not Grace Unless It Costs

April 23, 2016 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

When I lived in LA, I used to go out looking for prostitutes. In fact, a group of us went out looking for prostitutes. We would buy them food, talk about the love of Jesus, and maybe even talk about how they ended up working the streets. I used to think I was being so full of grace by doing this. But looking back, although I still think it was a... Keep Reading

Holy Chosen Daughter

March 3, 2016 | by: April Walters | 0 Comments

Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT)“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” What is going on? My stomach is non-stop... Keep Reading

God's Simple Will

February 18, 2016 | by: Nancy Miszczenski | 0 Comments

I didn’t make it to service this past Sunday, but with modern technology I was able to listen to the message yesterday – ‘God’s Simple Will’. Thank God for podcasts!! I like things simple. Recipes? I’ve got at least 8 recipe books - all with the word “Simple” in the title. But I tend to complicate th... Keep Reading

Pursuing Silence

February 11, 2016 | by: Nanci Schiavo | 0 Comments

To go along with Chris's message on Sunday about "quietening" down (that's my takeaway) our lives in order to be able to hear God better, I have a personal story that relates to that. About a year ago or so, Chris preached a message similar to this past Sunday's. I remember him saying to examine our lives and see where we need to, perhaps, eliminat... Keep Reading

The Cost of Authenticity

January 24, 2016 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

While authenticity is a big buzz word in our culture right now, most of us aren’t authentic enough to admit that being authentic is just too costly. Since our church started almost 3 years ago, being an authentic church has always been a big part of our vision. Being a church where we don’t pretend to be anything that we’re not... Keep Reading

Just Me And Him

January 21, 2016 | by: April Walters | 0 Comments

Prayer time is such a special part of my day. It is a necessity for me. When I allow life to take control and don’t make that time with God a priority, I feel like something is missing. I begin to truly miss spending time with Him. I feel like a child whose daddy has been out of town for a day or two, then when he finally comes home, you run ... Keep Reading

Tips about Being an Intentional Ambassador

January 13, 2016 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Our new Vision Statement is to be an authentic, inclusive and sending community where the grace of Jesus Christ deeply impacts every area of our ordinary lives. "Sending" is a word that was not emphasized in our original vision statement, and so I want to talk about it briefly. We talked about what it means to be a sending church in the first ser... Keep Reading

My Upgrade

January 5, 2016 | by: April Walters | 0 Comments

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” It amazes me how faithful He is to give what I ask for. It amazes me even more when He gives me what I need even when I don’t ask! In my personal little thought bubble, I have been wondering if maybe C... Keep Reading

The Search for Community

October 21, 2015 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Since the beginning of True Life, we've talked about being an authentic and honest community. Below is an excerpt from a book I'm reading - "A Loving Life" by Paul Miller - about the search for community. _____________ The biggest problem people have in searching for the perfect community is just that. You don't find community; you create it thro... Keep Reading

Feburary 26, 2015 This past week in our series on Philippians we looked at verses 1-16 in chapter 2 we talked about finding Joy through humility. I just had a follow-up thought about the relationship between having humility before God and having humility before other people. It can often appear like we have one while lacking the other, but reall... Keep Reading

Yep, It's Gonna' Be Awkward...And That's Okay

August 29, 2015 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

Feb 13, 2015 One of our 7 Big Prayers for 2015 is as follows: "That God would give us love for those whose sins offend us….and also the boldness to have awkward conversations to help each other grow." I've been praying this one a lot lately - particularly the 2nd part of it -- because I've been hearing about the need for quite a bit of the... Keep Reading

Starting the Day with Awe

August 29, 2015 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

FEB 5, 2015 Every morning I try to have what I call "time with God." Time alone in prayer, reading the bible, reading a portion of a book, listening to God. Some times I walk away from that time filled with awe over the grandeur of God's grace, God's bigness, God's sovereignty, God's power. Some times I don't walk away with that awe. And it mak... Keep Reading

One Problem With My Sermons

August 15, 2015 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

April 10, 2015 There are many tensions in the bible, where it seems like we are told different things that don't necessarily contradict each other, but do push against each other. For example, we're told that God is sovereign but humans have free will; we're told that God hates sin but lovingly runs after sinners; we're told that God accepts us as... Keep Reading

Learning to Trust God in Our Suffering

August 15, 2015 | by: Chris Francis | 0 Comments

January 15, 2013 At our last gathering, we talked about suffering and how our prayer is that we would learn to trust God to use them for our good and for His glory. In the middle of the sermon, we showed a video clip from a message by Francis Chan. Since last Sunday, more people have commented on and asked about that video clip than the sermon (n... Keep Reading

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