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First Pres Blog

Synthetic Hope

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Two weeks ago we started the series on Habakkuk and I asked, “Where do you hang your hearts? Hang your hearts on something that will hold.” I laughed the other day when I got a note from a friend in the church who said, “Pastor Tim, my hearing aids weren’t working well. I...

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Tags: e-blast, kingdom come, worship

Sharing Habakkuk's Cry in a World with Church Shootings

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Who could possibly have imagined as we were pressing through Habakkuk 1 on Sunday morning, a precious church in Sutherland Springs, TX, was in the throes of unimaginable horror? Yet one more man of desperation was overcome by violent impulse. Yet one more tragic event and painful reminder of how...

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Tags: e-blast, kingdom come, worship

Of Kingdoms and Cities

Posted by Tim McConnell on

I hope you were able to enjoy worship this past Sunday. We had ten different voices leading us in celebrating the five main points of the Reformation: Scripture, Grace, Faith, Christ and the Glory of God. It was so heartening to see our staff, along with interns and ministry candidates...

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Reformation Sunday: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Posted by Tim McConnell on

This Sunday we recognize the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg to raise questions about the teaching of the church in his time and look to the Bible for the answers. He didn’t...

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My Giving Story

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Pastor Tim tells the story of how he began putting God first in his finances:  Abigail and I started putting God first in our financial life during seminary. The seminary president, Tom Gillespie, told us students that he always tithed the churches he served a full 10 percent. It was a...

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Tags: commitment sunday 2017, my giving story

God is First

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Las Vegas. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria damaging Houston, Miami, Puerto Rico, Barbuda, Dominican Republic and others. Wildfires in L.A. and now Santa Rosa. What am I missing? Bombings in Somalia and continued warfare and violence in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ethnic cleansing in Burma forcing a...

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What's Your Deepest Commitment?

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Where is your deepest commitment? Where does your deepest commitment lie? Maybe you feel committed to work, devoted to doing your best at your job. You are passionate about being the very best you can be at your work. Maybe it’s family. You say, “I’m committed to my family...

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Freedom and Giving

Posted by Tim McConnell on

One of the things we're getting to know about Pastor Tim McConnell as he makes his home in the First Pres pulpit is that he's passionate about teaching that frees God's people to be who God made them to be. Here, Tim tells a little of the story behind his preaching on financial giving...

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Tags: first to give, commitment sunday 2017

The Line Between Good and Evil

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Posted by Tim McConnell on

We are all reeling this week as Las Vegas has suffered the worst shooting rampage in U.S. history. One man wreaked terrible havoc and took the lives of 59 innocents, injuring over 500 more. We pause to pray for all those in the hospital and for all of those entering grief over the loss of a...

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You First

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We are only ten days away from one of the most exciting, energizing weekends of our year. Next weekend is CityServe weekend, our signature annual service day to bless Colorado Springs in Jesus’ name. What began four years ago as an effort to get our folks out on the street to bless our...

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