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#MeToo

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Sexual assault and harassment is never okay. It’s heartbreaking (but sadly no longer surprising) that so many women have experienced this evil and injustice. As several women have noted, soon the #metoo hashtag will leave the headlines but the scars and sorrows of their abuse won’t leave in the same way....

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We Have a New President:

We have a new President: For some, today is a day of relief, victory and celebration, while for others it's a day of disappointment, sorrow, and hurt. Jesus’ Church has the great opportunity to be a voice of calm and healing especially where anxieties abound. Jesus gave His Church the Holy Spirit to indwell us and empower us to be a voice of love in the mist of hate, cou...

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Reflecting on 3 Years at The Brook

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On October 6, 2013 The Brook officially launched. 3 years ago today!! Reflecting on that day and season of life brings back so many memories. Here are 3 “snapshots” I’ve been reflecting on. Ready? 3…2…1… here we go: ...

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Beloved: God. Sex. Relationship.

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Who should I date? What are qualities I should look for in a spouse? How do I protect my heart and yet feel the passions that I feel? How do I rekindle love, resolve conflict, and communicate better?...

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Children's Bible Our Kids Enjoy

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What is a good Bible or resource to use when teaching kids about Jesus? Here's a list of some of Pastor Eric and Erikah's favorites. ...

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Who's Harold? No, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!"

Understanding “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” ...

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Can I be thankful this Thanksgiving?

Many of us have precious memories of Thanksgiving's past, when life was easy, bellies were full, and laughter sounded the room. Those memories, for some, may feel all too distant this time of the year. Perhaps instead of "thanks" your heart is warring to fight off the pain of loss, unmet desires, and suffering. These feelings leave you asking, "Can I be thankful this Thank...

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10 Days of Prayer and Fasting

10 Days of prayer and fasting. But what exactly is fasting and how do I do it? ...

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100 Meals & Invites as we approach our 100th Sunday #RealCommunity #AlwaysOnMission

With our 100th Sunday approaching on August 30th, we're setting a goal as a church of connecting with 100 people who are far from God or not a part of a local church. We envision this taking place over a cup of coffee in the evening with an old friend, on your lunch break with a coworker, an intentional invite to The Brook while on the bus with someone you started a conve...

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How God's omnipresence moves us to resist temptation

How God’s Omnipresence Moves us to Resist Temptation: God’s Omnipresence The Bible teaches that God is everywhere present at all times. In theological terms, we say that God is omnipresent (everywhere present). In other words, there is no place where God is not. Consider these words from the Psalmist: Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Yo...

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100, Because Jesus Is Worth It

As we approach our 100th worship service at The Brook on August 30, 2015, we begin our 100 Campaign on July 19 revisiting what it means to see Jesus exalted in our lives, our marriages, our friendships, our singleness, our trials, our joys and our community Join us for the journey! www.thebrookchi.com ...

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Marriage: God's Design Redefined

The God of the Bible is a good God, who is infinite in his worth, supreme in his love, and breathtaking in his compassion. He alone can satisfy the deepest longings of the human heart and supply us with lasting joy, forgiveness, and eternal hope. With him as the hope for humanity and the delight of the Church, we are faced with a historic day in our nation as it pertains t...

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7 Ways to Fight Porn

I was in Jr. High the first time my eyes saw pornography. In God’s grace, he’s rooted out the image from my mind but the scenario is still there. I wasn’t looking for it, but it found me. I was heading into my classroom at school when a classmate had a picture in his hand and literally put it right in front of my face and then ran off. One of the most sobering lesson...

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Easter 2015: 4 Ways to Help

On April 5 we will celebrate the glorious fact that Jesus is alive! If Jesus didn't raise from the dead, then our faith is in vain. "But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead," writes Paul, and because he lives, we want to tell the world around us about our great hope in Jesus. This Easter, we are having two Easter services at 9am and 11am to double our praise and s...

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Thankful for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At The Brook, we are grateful for the many ways God used Martin Luther King, Jr. to advance racial equality through peaceful and yet sacrificial means. He was a courageous man who, among other things, cared deeply about something that God cares deeply about, Christ-Exalting Diversity. ...

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Ephesians: Grow Deep. Live Tall.

The tree with weak and shallow roots will crash in the storm. The tree that is properly rooted is unshakeable.   Beginning this Sunday, at The Brook we'll sink deeply into the riches of who God is, what He's done, and why that matters for your life. If you're without a church home or exploring the Christian faith, or you know of someone who is, we woul...

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Thoughtfully read the words of this great hymn and you'll see a heartfelt cry to God that the Savior of the world would come. ...

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Voice of the Martyrs: Newsletter Sign-up Link

Christians throughout the world still face daily threat of violence and pressure from local authorities and governments. Here is one way to stand with your brothers and sisters....

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Me and You in God's grand story!

The book of Acts reminds us that the church is nothin' normal, made up of ordinary people who do extraordinary things because of the mighty and gracious hand of God!...

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Nothin' Normal: Living a Life that's Out of the Ordinary

This summer we're going to refocus our eyes, minds, hearts, hands, and feet on the life-transforming mission He's empowered His followers to be on....

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TheBrook: We're Celebrating 6 months!

This Sunday we're celebrating God's faithfulness over the last 6 months since The Brook opened. You'll hear stories from the journey, answered prayers, and our vision for The Brook as we move forward this 2014. You are a part of the story and a part of the family, so you won't want to miss out. See you Sunday! ...

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#40inJohn - 40 Days in the Gospel of John

The Bible is powerful! It is the Word of God through which He speaks to us. Let's together work through the Gospel of John between now and Easter and see the kinds of things God does in our lives. Join the ride!...

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Prayer Gathering of Northwest Side Churches!

God's at work in the northwest side of Chicago! We at The Brook are glad to be a part of this work and to lock arms with other churches in the same Gospel-centered mission in our neighborhood. Childcare will be provided! So, join us on Friday, January 24 at 7:00pm to worship and intercede in prayer for our community at: Victory Worship Center www.victorychicago.com 3750...

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King of the Jews

The Magi called Jesus, ‘King of the Jews,’ the same title that hung over his head while he was crucified. ...

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It really was a Holy Night

It indeed was a “Holy Night.”...

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Vintage Christmas 2013

In the midst of the busyness of the Christmas season, we’re going Vintage looking at the true meaning of Christmas....

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