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My Story Is In God

Posted by Tim McConnell on

What is your story? Each of us has one. Life is lived in the middle of a great story full of twists and turns in the past and an unresolved plot pushing into the future. Sometimes we can see the plot changes coming, but sometimes not. Sometimes it’s easy to see a crisis coming, but...

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Tags: e-blast, who knows, worship

What Easter Means for Us

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What an incredible week we just experienced celebrating our risen Lord! Palm Sunday was a warm experience with children leading us with palms and a moving Palm Sunday Concert, The Truth Will Set You Free, in the afternoon. The response to the annual Palm Sunday Give Back the Blessing offering...

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Tags: e-blast, really, worship

Who is this man Jesus? Did He really rise from the dead?

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The answers to these two questions provide the keys to the most enduring existential anxieties in human existence. No matter who you are, where you live or what age you are, no matter what era of history you look at, what region or culture or people, these are the questions everyone needs to...

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Tags: e-blast, really, worship

Palm Sunday and Give Back the Blessing

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Christ rode into the city. The grand narrative of the Bible is sometimes summarized as the long journey from the garden to the city—from the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem come down from heaven. On Palm Sunday we see Jesus riding into the city to announce His presence and coming...

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You Are Where You Are for a Reason

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This past Sunday we read together from Hebrews 10. One verse has stuck with me: “…and since we have a great priest over the house of God,” (Hebrews 10:21). Jesus is referred to as a priest over and over again in Hebrews. He is our priest. Our only true priest. What is a...

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Never Stop Learning

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“What are you reading?” I was at a friend’s house for dinner the other night and he asked me that question. He’s also in Christian leadership and is an avid reader. I stuttered a little. I’m in a lot of books, dipping in and out for research and ideas, but...

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God is Not Silent in Tragedy

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We are all still mourning and praying for the families and community in Parkland, Florida, where three adults and fourteen students were killed just six days ago. This is one of those horrific and heartbreaking events that will stay with us for a long time.  In 1999, my candidating...

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Conversation Matters

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It’s amazing what a conversation can do. I’m always moved by what can happen as people talk. Simple words—listening and responding—and God can do incredible things. I wonder what conversations you remember in your life as the most meaningful. Maybe there was a...

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Tags: e-blast, life groups, really, worship

God is Glorified; Lives are Transformed

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A vision for First Pres in 2018 “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” – Psalm 122:1 The purpose of the church is worship. God calls the church together by His Spirit in the name of Jesus to bring Him glory and praise. We were...

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Tags: vision 2018

Reflections on Last Sunday

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Well, I heard a pastor say recently that life has a lot of ups and downs! From the high of the ECO National Gathering last week, I slipped into the low of wrestling a stomach bug that a few of us caught in Houston. I feel fine now. It was just bad timing that the 24-hour virus took hold of me...

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