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Advent Devotional Week 1: A Joy Exercise

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Meditation by Eunice McGarrahan, Pastor of Adult Education John 16:16-22 The disciples are thoroughly confused by their long conversation with Jesus (John 13-16). He's told them about His death, resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit. They just don't understand it. They are...

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Tags: advent, time for joy, worship, advent devotionals 2018

Things That Matter

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One of our college students was sitting in a common area at Pikes Peak Community College with his laptop open and the First Pres logo visible on the back of the screen. Another student noticed it and asked what it meant. When told that’s it was the logo for his church, the questioner...

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He Is Risen…Indeed!

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We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> The last time Easter coincided with April Fools’ Day was in 1956.  I was only 11 years old so I do not remember how that convergence played out. Today, however, we are hearing the jokes. Easter’s...

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Is God Really Good?

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We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> Many people will tell you that the greatest obstacle to faith is the existence of suffering. The dilemma is often put this way: Either God is loving but not all-powerful, or He's all-powerful but not loving. It seems...

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A Taste of "A Place to Belong"

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Next weekend, November 10-11, we'll have the privilege of hosting Dr. Eric Jacobsen, Senior Pastor of First Pres Tacoma, for our 2017 Christian Life Conference: A Place to Belong.  If you'd like to get a taste of what you'll see and hear there, try out the resources below. If you like what...

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Food for Thought: Resources for A Place to Belong

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On November 10-11, we'll welcome Dr. Eric Jacobsen for our 2017 Christian Life Conference. The books below are resources related to his topic: A Place to Belong: Creating Spaces for Connection in a World of Isolation. If you find your interest piqued by these brief descriptions, you definitely...

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Ordered Lives

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We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! Bulletins have been posted here.  Many years ago, I was on a brief visit to the Panama Canal Zone, speaking at a women’s retreat at Fort Gulick. The chaplain made arrangements for me to visit the control tower for the Gatun Locks on the...

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The Soul Needs a Body

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Being Human is a quirky television show that is produced in the United Kingdom. In the premiere episode, we are introduced to the three main characters: a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost. Each appears human, but their humanity has been distorted. Each one desires to be a part of the real human...

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The Soul Needs The Church

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This past Sunday, Tim preached a powerful sermon on the soul’s need for a companion. He spoke about what a good companion does in our lives and noted the wisdom of Proverbs 13:20, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” If we spend time with...

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What's A Soul For?

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What makes us human? As far as we know, our pets don’t sit around asking, “What does it really mean to be a dog?” Now, cats may engage in self-refection and come up with answers we don’t like, but animals just are. We humans, on the other hand, ponder ourselves all the...

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