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January 17
by PastorMatthewBarnett

Why I Turned Down A One Million Dollar Gift

Seventeen years ago, when my father and I talked about planting a church in Los Angeles, a businessman with good intentions came to warn us why downtown Los Angeles was not the place to build a church. He showed us …

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January 4
by PastorMatthewBarnett

I Love Clipping Off Coupons

This blog is not what you think it is. When you read the heading I’m sure you were thinking, “Oh no, he’s not one of those guys on the airplane that scatters magazines on his tray table and cuts out …

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January 3
by PastorMatthewBarnett

The Danger Of Measuring Results

There is no doubt we live in a results driven world. When we start something new, we demand to see results. Churches, ministries, weight loss, everything. Five weeks ago I vowed to lose weight so I started working out at …

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December 30
by PastorMatthewBarnett

Obliterate Shame

I’ve been a pastor for 17 years, working with every kind of person going through every type of recovery. Working with hundreds living in our facility daily, I have come to learn the single most destructive force on the comeback …

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December 15
by PastorMatthewBarnett

Changing Symbolisms In A Tormented World

After our Joy of Christmas musical this week, we had a toy giveaway for all the kids in the community after each of the seven performances. In addition, twenty lucky kids were fortunate enough to win the lucky wristband for …

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December 12
by PastorMatthewBarnett

Give Me The Cast Offs

My entire ministry has been a collection of cast offs. Maybe it’s someone in a church that’s failed and they don’t want them around anymore. Maybe it’s been someone whose own family didn’t want them. We’ve always received the call …

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December 8
by PastorMatthewBarnett

Provision & Vision, A Christmas Miracle

My staff pulled me in for an emergency meeting. They showed me the list of families that are on our waiting list who were homeless. Get this! A staggering 210. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine I would …

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December 6
by PastorMatthewBarnett

A Scolding From My Father I Will Never Forget

This blog is dedicated to my best friend my father on his 32-year anniversary as Senior Pastor of Phoenix First Assembly. My dad Tommy Barnett has been in ministry for almost 60 years. He is my best friend! I remember, …

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December 5
by PastorMatthewBarnett

Why You Shouldn’t Fight Back

The most helpless place to be in the world is when you are being attacked by someone, slandered, or persecuted. In today’s world, it has become America’s favorite sporting event. . It’s interesting that when a bitter king chased a …

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