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Beginnings

The book of Exodus offers one of the earliest records of unsolicited advice from in-laws. Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, told Moses that he needed help. It would not be the last time a spouse’s parents chimed in with suggestions. Jethro recognized that godly Leadership as a solo person should actually be spelled godly WEadership. Just as […]

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The Witnesses of Christmas

The Witnesses of Christmas Luke 2:25-40 The Spirit falls on people who regularly worship and witness to what they have seen and heard. Each heart has been broken open to the world’s pain. Jesus’s birth heals them. Luke’s Cast of Christmas Characters in Luke 1-2: Zechariah and Joseph (Fathers) Elizabeth and Mary (Mothers) Worshipers and […]

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Strong Homes: A Sermon Series on 1 Peter

Strong Homes: A Sermon Series on 1 Peter

Each Sunday in January, Dr. Shiell will be preaching through the book of 1 Peter. This fascinating study will address an issue that most Christians share with Peter’s day. How do we live like a Christian when we serve people in homes, offices, and society who are nonbelievers? How do we behave in a Christian […]

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A Merciful Performance

Today, we listened to Zechariah’s sermon and hymn in Luke 1:67-80. For 9 months, Zechariah waited to preach this message. The old preacher’s — and new father’s — words are still relevant today. He explains that the way God changed the world back then is what he’s doing now. God not only wants us to […]

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THE ADVENT OF GOOD NEWS

THE ADVENT OF GOOD NEWS

This week, the epic journey of Star Wars returns. I’m sure that I’ll climb aboard the Millenium Falcon and enjoy the ride at some point. Our world looks to heroic tales of adventure between the Force of light and dark to help them imaginatively deal with reality today. We don’t have to argue with those […]

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Disturbing The Neighbors

Fear overwhelms us. On the news, in the mall, in our neighborhoods, at home or school, around the world, many people dread what could happen to them. Everywhere we turn, there is an excuse to be afraid. During Advent, God takes our fears and uses them to transform us into people who kneel at the […]

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The Advent of Neighbors

Advent calls us to worship our King as he reigns from the Manger. In a world marked by terror and turmoil, we “worship Christ, the newborn King,” and welcome neighbors into our church for Winter Festival. We ring the bells of Christmas and baptize new believers into the body of Christ. This past weekend was […]

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Leaving Home For Christmas

Today’s worship service focused on Elizabeth and Mary’s commitment to the Lord. Elizabeth went into seclusion, and Mary left her home—not once, but twice—so that we could find Christmas. We heard a powerful testimony from Lynda Shackelford. She shared courageously about her journey through infertility and adoption. We also celebrated the baptisms of four new […]

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Jesus Reaches People

Over the last few days, we’ve studied the Gospel of Matthew and learned ways that Jesus reaches people. Jesus reaches people in five very important ways. He reaches up to his heavenly Father depending on him for guidance every step of the way. He reaches across to others who were in their own synagogues and […]

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Jesus Reaches Up

Jesus teaches us how to reach out to the city, across to those in our church, down as servants, and into our homes. At every step of the way, Jesus reached up to his heavenly Father for guidance. Jesus reaches out to us so that we can in turn reach up to him. He changes […]

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