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Posted by Matt Hayes on October 14, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (3)


Almost everyone goes through times in life where we need renewal. This is often true even in our spiritual lives.

Paul said spiritual renewal or transformation is accomplished “by the renewing of your mind.” The word “renewing” also means renovation. Think of a car.

We can make repairs. You know, the cosmetic kind – some wax or maybe even new paint. It looks better, perhaps even increases the resale value.

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One Another

Posted by Matt Hayes on February 24, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Gary Inrig, in Life in His Body shared the following story:


"Several years ago, two students graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. The highest ranking student in the class was a blind man named Overton and, when he received his honor, he insisted that half the credit should go to his friend, Kaspryzak. They had met one another in school when the armless Mr. Kaspryzak had guided the blind Mr. Overton down a flight of stairs. This acquaintance ripened into friendshi...

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Posted by Matt Hayes on September 17, 2014 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (3)

When I read this I laughed to myself. I was afraid to laugh out loud because my wife would ask me why I was laughing and then when I shared these I knew I would be in trouble ;-).

Kyle Idlewood writes,

“When I got married there were some rules that I said I would live by. These rules were written and spelled out for me. When I said “I Do” I understood I was committing to keeping cert...

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More Than A Fan!

Posted by Matt Hayes on July 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Every once in a while something I read really touches me and challenges my way of thinking. I was reading Not A Fan by Kyle Idleman and he used an illustraion that really hit home with me. 

Kyle writes, "I think over the years my intentions were good; I wanted to make Jesus look as attractive as possible so that people would come to find eternal life in him. . .  

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We're Moving!

Posted by Matt Hayes on June 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (2)


Change is scary and exciting. We've been in Reno for almost six years and what a blessing it's been for all of us. During that time we've worshiped in what was once a lawyer’s office. It has served us well but now we're moving to a building that will seat more than twice as many and do it in comfort. We have been blessed!

Looking back, it’s amazing to see God working through us to mold the work in Reno the way He wanted. When we moved here we had vis...

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Posted by Matt Hayes on April 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (2)

I came across this illustration a little over a year ago and I still think of it from time to time, especially as we talk more and more about our bondage to addictions. There is a great danger that we all face; we think being in bondage to addiction is what happens to others. Our struggle might be different but it's there. Until we realize our struggle with bondage, we can't overcome it. 

In 1960, Israeli undercover agents orchestrated the daring k...

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Shall We Play A Game - NO!

Posted by Matt Hayes on February 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Some reading this are too young to understand the full impact of our picture. These famous words are from a 1983 movie called WarGames.


Matthew Broderick (David) thought he was playing a simple computer game. Little did he know that it wasn’t a game at all. He was about to kill all of mankind.

Games are not just for the movies. It’s sad but we often pla...

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I'm Blessed

Posted by Matt Hayes on February 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (1)

Sometimes I hate computers. I think God uses them to teach my patience. This is the second time I've typed this post and I have no idea what I wrote before the webpage 'timed out' and deleted my work.


Isn't it amazing how such little things can distract us and change the course of our day? Sometimes I need a reminder of how blessed I am. Sometimes I need a reminder to not focus on all of the little...

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Posted by Matt Hayes on December 31, 2013 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (2)

As we enter the New Year, we do so resolved to do better. This week as I was working on my sermon for Sunday, I came across some great resolutions from Charles Swindoll that I thought warranted sharing.


  • Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God, and my o...
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Posted by Matt Hayes on December 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (2)

When we talk about giving we usually think about money but giving involves far more than money. Giving is an attitude that allows us to give all that we are, have and possess to provide greater glory for God.

Robertson McQuilkin writes that the maturity of Christians can be measured by both the way and the...

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