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What joy! (a meditation)

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving. We always risk the danger of being distracted with football and Black Friday savings, but if we slow down and ponder the things we should be thankful for, then we will understand the true meaning and develop a great joy. In Psalm 126, the psalmist looked back upon the return… Continue reading What joy! (a meditation)

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Sunday 03.27.16 (Easter Sunday)

This Sunday we'll celebrate Easter by taking a look at John 11:25 to see how Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. We kickoff our celebration during our Sunday School hour with an Easter breakfast. There will be no evening service this Sunday. Schedule @945 Easter Breakfast in Gym/Fellowship Hall @1045 Worship Gathering **No Evening… Continue reading Sunday 03.27.16 (Easter Sunday)

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The Cross and the Empty Grave (a meditation for Good Friday and Easter)

…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. ~ Paul, Philippians 3:10 At the heart of Christianity is a cross and an empty grave. Everything else centers around these two experiences of Jesus. The cross was the aim of Jesus’ time… Continue reading The Cross and the Empty Grave (a meditation for Good Friday and Easter)

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Good Reads Christmas Edition 12.23.15

Below is a collection of good reads gathered from the internet this past week. Also, join us in celebrating Christmas Eve tomorrow night at 6pm! A Perfect Christmas by Hannah Grieser Perfection, however, may not look like we think it should. Children may stick their fingers in the frosting. Perfect. Let them taste that the… Continue reading Good Reads Christmas Edition 12.23.15

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What Child Is This? (an advent meditation)

Christmas in our culture seems a mix of the sacred and the secular. As much as some people lament the idea of a “holiday tree” being sold in stores they frequent, let’s not forget that Santa Claus, songs that have nothing to do with Jesus’ birth, and Christmas movies about family get togethers and little… Continue reading What Child Is This? (an advent meditation)

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Christmas as Spiritual Warfare (pastor’s blog)

Note, this post first appeared on December 4, 2014 at sbcvoices.com. Maybe it’s burnout from too many baby-in-a-manger scenes, but when it comes to the Christmas story I tend to be drawn to passages of scripture outside of ordinary thought when we think about Jesus coming to earth. In recent years, one of my favorite… Continue reading Christmas as Spiritual Warfare (pastor’s blog)

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (an Advent meditation)

Imagine that you were among the shepherds in Luke 2. There you sat in the field at night, possibly chilled by the air and maybe tired from either ending a long day or beginning a long night. You probably gathered around a fire with the other shepherds, the flames to keep you warm and the… Continue reading Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (an Advent meditation)

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Sunday 12.13.15 (when God seems quiet)

This Sunday, we'll take a big-picture look at the book of Esther and see how we should respond when life seems chaotic and God seems quiet. Also, Sunday evening at 6pm we will celebrate Christmas with our Children's Christmas Program. Hope to see you there! Schedule @945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages… Continue reading Sunday 12.13.15 (when God seems quiet)