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What Easter Means for Us

Posted by Tim McConnell on

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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He Is Risen…Indeed!

Posted by Eunice McGarrahan on

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

Posted by Tim McConnell on

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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His Never-ending Story

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> It's easy to get caught up in who Jesus was. He was a man; He walked the earth; He had friends and family; He preached and was killed. And at Easter, we more readily remember that He came back from the dead. We can't help...

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Palm Sunday and Give Back the Blessing

Posted by Tim McConnell on

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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Is God Really Good?

Posted by Eunice McGarrahan on

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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You Are Where You Are for a Reason

Posted by Tim McConnell on

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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Building A Family Minstry

Posted by Tom Pipkin on

Most every morning at First Pres I see families coming and going from our church campus. Some of these folks are becoming familiar to me as I also see them on Sunday mornings. Other folks I only see during the week—beautiful children, hopeful parents—all wanting the best for their...

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Tags: family ministry, magazine, really

With Gentleness and Respect

Posted by Chuck Fowler on

You sit down over a cup of coffee with someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus. The conversation turns to matters of faith. Here’s a chance to share the hope you have! But how do you do so with gentleness and respect? The Alpha and God Questions teams here at First Pres have had dozens...

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God Inspired Creativity

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> Those who say Christians shut off their brains need look no farther than the Narthex to see how creative Christians can be. The art displayed for our Lenten series is a tour de force for Christians' ability to...

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