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19 May: True Beauty

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30   Funny how you always hear this chapter preached as an ode to women, but seeing it through the lens of the Gospel, and knowing the church is called the “bride of Christ”, this verse struck me differently.   How many churches are so consumed with image and attractiveness to the world that they spend enormous amounts of time, money, and energy in the hope that they will bring people in the door?   It reminds me of the single, 20’s-something woman who goes all out: hair, make-up, nails, clothes…..just to hit the club in the hope that she will find someone who will make her feel desired.   The problem with this is, those people she is attracting are only attracted to the image she is projecting, not…

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04 May: Shattered Silence

As I drove south on Interstate 85 yesterday on my way home from work, I was in the middle of a phone call as a parade of police cars and ambulances came flying by. Weaving their way through traffic and sirens blaring, I was struck by how the sound pierced the silence of my car. I didn’t have my music on since I was talking with my friend Sam, and in the moment they passed me by, I remember telling him, “I’m not sure what’s going on, but it must be something serious.” And then silence. Pausing to pray to the Lord about whatever would cause an emergency, there was this momentary silence again, lingering like an early morning fog. Of course, once I arrived home I found out the reason for the urgency. There had been an active shooter on the campus of UNC Charlotte. In that moment of…

27 Apr: New Partnership

We are excited to announce Reconcile Church has entered into partnerships with both the Send Network and Pillar Network.  The Send Network exists to push back lostness in North America. That purpose is accomplished through church planting in areas of greatest need. Send Network’s church planting strategy is shaped by its three core values: Brotherhood, Multiplication, and Restoration. Through these core values, the Send Network desires to help plant and equip churches that are actively engaging all areas of brokenness that exists within their community. The Pillar Network is a community of like-minded SBC churches that are doctrinally aligned, missionally driven, and committed to church planting and revitalization, TOGETHER. The Pillar Network exists to serve and equip churches to be healthy, faithful bodies of believers that are thriving in their communities and commissioning disciples to live on mission.

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25 Apr: Worthy Pillars

One of the things I love most about living in Charlotte is the view of the skyline as I am riding into Uptown. As I approach the heart of the city, I am confronted by beautifully colossal structures that render a sense of awe and wonder. Many days, as I have traversed the streets between these buildings, I often think about what must have went into their construction. Parked at a stoplight, peering upwards to the skyscraper beside me, I am taken back by the sheer magnitude of steel and glass that has been shaped into something so picturesque. There have been huge technological advances in skyscraper construction that have led to some impressive and artistically beautiful pieces of architecture. The creativity of these buildings displayed throughout the world grab every onlooker’s attention as they encounter the design birthed from the architect’s mind. The one common thing they all share…

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21 Apr: Resurrection Day

Today was the day. The holiest of days on the Christian calendar. The church’s Super Bowl. Easter Sunday. Resurrection Day. Why is this such a big deal? What is it about THIS Sunday that creates such a buzz and causes the church to roll out every thing in its arsenal to welcome people through the doors? If you have any Christian friends, or maybe even non-Christian ones, on any of your social media platforms, I imagine your feed looked similar to mine. Lots of pics of kids dressed in their Easter best. Baptisms. Smiling families. Church pews full of life. We celebrate Resurrection Sunday because the crux of our faith rests upon the truth of the son of a Jewish carpenter, born of a virgin, fully God and fully man. He who was crucified on a cross, buried in a borrowed tomb, and left to be a footnote in history…….this…

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20 Apr: Death and Its Promise

Good morning Reconcile Church family. As we observe the significance of the day that our Lord laid in a tomb, we reflect on what must have been going through the mind of His followers on that day. The grief. The despair. The reality of death. Death has a way of wrapping our minds around the brevity and finality of this life we have been given. There is nothing living on this earth that doesn’t pass through the gates of death. And those who were gathered on that solemn morning after Jesus’ crucifixion must have been devastated by the fact that He was not spared this fateful journey. In my morning reading today, I wanted to share with you a couple of thoughts that have stirred my heart towards Christ’s sacrifice and what it means for us in our lives. Specifically how it relates to our reconciliation with God and our…