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The Long Road
The Long Road by Sam Ward

We are still sleep-deprived and happy after the birth of our son.  He was born two weeks ago so I've have had a small amount of time (mostly around 3 AM in the morning) to reflect on what God has been up to over the last two years. When we started this journey, we thought that we would…

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Worship Attitudes: Eagerly Expectant by Sam Ward

Have you ever waited expectantly for news from the doctor?  How about an adoption agency?  That's where I am right now, waiting constantly for the phone to ring.  When it does, I jump. "Hello?"  But instead of the doctor or the adoption agency, it's a business call.  "Oh, hi," I…

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3 Worship Attitudes: Desperately Dependent by Sam Ward

Last week, I finished teaching a CORE class call "True Worship" with the challenge to hold fast until the day we are numbered with the worshipers of God in heaven.  Until then, we can experience God's Holy Spirit every day.  But let's be honest. We don't.  I don't. Why?  God is always…

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The Gift of Worship by Sam Ward

Last night, my daughter was getting ready for bed.  She suddenly said, “Mommy, want to talk to you.  In PRIVATE.” I looked up suddenly.  What was so important and secret that she could only say it in private without her Daddy?  I was concerned.  I started wondering…worrying…and…

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5 Ways to Pray for Persecuted Christians by Sam Ward

This morning, I had a breakfast meeting with a friend.  We talked about our lives at work, as husbands and as fathers.  We also talked about what God was doing in our lives.  There is stress that we are dealing with and we want to be present with our families while doing our best work. …

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Notes from Nicaragua by Sam Ward

It's been a week since we left for Nicaragua.  And still, I can see the smiles on the faces of children, the smoking volcano, the tile roofs and the cardboard/plastic shacks that flashed by the bus windows as we drove. As I reflect, I wanted to share my notes from Nicaragua... June 28,…

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12 MARKS OF A QUALIFIED WORSHIP LEADER by Sam Ward

It's that time of year again. This is the time of year when we announce that we're looking for people to join our established group of artists who lead the church here at Emmanuel in music for a full year!  It's an honor, a privilege and a WHOLE LOT 'O FUN!  We will host auditions on…

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RUNNING, PRAYER AND DONUTS by Sam Ward

I've finally started running again.  But I'm getting ahead of myself. First.  A confession.  I'm a fair-weather runner.  I don't like to run mar-athons or tri-athalons or quad-rathlons or pent-athlons or hept-athlons or oct-athlons or dec-athlons or du-athlons or any other "athlons"…

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Paying Attention by Sam Ward

Sitting in the dining room with the cold sun peaking in the windows, I smell the chicken noodle soup simmering on the stove.  Upstairs, my daughter plays with blocks, trains and dolls while my wife is at a big-box store gathering the extras we need to get by.  These are the essentials…

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I Want to Be Like Grandpa by Sam Ward

I want to be like my Grandpa Samuel. I am named for him and he was a pastor too. Actually, he was a pastor for as long as I can remember, but he wasn’t like other pastors you might have met.  He played the ukulele and he was a ventriloquist.  That’s an interesting combination,…

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