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EASTER HOPE

Though our culture continues to drift — and sometimes dart — farther and farther from its religious heritage, we can see the unmistakable traces of faith in our holidays. Even those outside of the church still associate Easter with hope and new life. And this enduring connection offers each of us a wonderful opportunity to […]

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TRUST IN THE INTERIM

It’s one of those verses that we all know so well that we don’t even pause to read the entire passage: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV) (I bet […]

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PRICELESS

We are less than a week away from one of the most dynamic and powerful events in our youth ministry, not to mention our entire church: Disciple Now! If you aren’t familiar with Disciple Now (or DNow), this is a weekend retreat for youth that helps them grow in their discipleship — hence the name. […]

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HOW NOT TO PRAY

A few years back, my old car developed a very obvious and obnoxious malady: whenever I started the engine in the morning, the belts would squeal… but not just a run-of-the-mill squeal; my engine would emit a high-pitched screech for all of my neighbors to hear as I drove past each house on my way to […]

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EVENTS & INCREMENTS

As we progress further into 2017, you may be beginning to struggle with some of the goals you’ve set for yourself, and one underlying problem may actually be your expectations. When it comes to personal change and even discipleship, we’ve been conditioned by what we read and watch to expect simple, sudden solutions to life’s […]

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PRAY FOR OUR DEACONS

The New Testament calls for two offices within the local church: pastors and deacons. While our church continues to pray and search for our next pastor, the work of our deacons continues unabated as it has throughout the history of our church. I am especially grateful for the sacrifice and servant leadership of our outgoing […]

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(RE)NEW YEAR

As 2016 comes to a close, and you look ahead to starting a new year, how are you doing? Other than still recovering from a hectic Christmas season. Do you feel like your spirit is running on empty? Are you tired of just going through the motions of superficial spirituality? As we develop patterns in […]

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CHRISTMAS WORSHIP

I remember growing up Baptist, and the biggest ethical dilemma — when it came to corporate worship — was whether you could miss the Sunday evening service to watch the Super Bowl on television. With the arrival of the VCR, the pious at least had the ability to record the game and watch it later. […]

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WE’RE ALMOST THERE

This Sunday, you have an opportunity to be encouraged and to reach others with a message of Christmas hope. At six o’clock, our music ministry will present the musical “We’re Almost There,” supported by the involvement of 150 people, including 70 singers, a 33-piece orchestra, and a 20-voice children’s choir. The musical will be interpreted […]

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GETTING CHRISTMAS RIGHT

GETTING CHRISTMAS RIGHT

With every holiday that passes, I seem to tell myself that next year I’ll get it right — that I’ll learn from this year and fix whatever was less than ideal. No matter how well things go, it feels like there’s always room for improvement or something that could have gone better. All of this […]

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