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Scripture to Pray as you Start

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday. View worship bulletins here >> A Prayer for the Start In response to the Start sermon series, Judy Ashton wrote the following in her journal and shared it with us. The Scriptures God impressed on her are appropriate for any start.  What...

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Try a Life Group Experiment

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Some years back I was in a meeting with a group of leaders in our church. We were asked to tell the story of "when First Pres became home.” The mic was wide open. One by one, leaders came forward and the stories poured out. A few themes emerged, but at the top of the list was...

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Start Right Away

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We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> Don't Delay This Sunday, Pastor Jennifer Holz will preach from Mark 1 on the sense of urgency we observe in Jesus as he begins His ministry. As Christ's followers, we imitate our Lord by responding with the same energy...

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Reflections on Last Sunday

Posted by Tim McConnell on

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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Start Stories

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins>> What's Your Start Story? In response to our current sermon series, First Pres pastors and staff share stories of when God called us to start something. Katie Fowler, Pastor of Discipleship About five-and-a-half years ago...

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Stay Faithful, Be Flexible

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Hello to you from Houston, Texas! Most of our pastors and many other leaders are here to attend our ECO National Gathering. Our theme this year is “Renovate,” with the key verse Nehemiah 2:18: “I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said...

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Food for Thought: Chase the Lion

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's too Small One resource Pastor Tim recommends to accompany our current sermon series is Mark Batterson's book Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too...

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Ups and Downs

Posted by Tim McConnell on

In 2006, Washington, D.C., pastor Mark Batterson published a book titled In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. I thought at the time, "What a ridiculous title!" Then I learned it was straight out of the Bible. In the middle of a list describing the talents and exploits of David’s mighty...

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The Start is the Hardest Part

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship—and the start of a new sermon series—on Sunday. View worship bulletins >> New beginnings can change lives. Starting something new might mean we're never the same again. If we don't start, we'll never know.  Sometimes the start is like...

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Start Somewhere

Posted by Tim McConnell on

What will you do with 2018? It feels like a big question to me. Each year is a gift, each day an added blessing. How will I use the time God gives me? It can feel difficult finding the motivation to get going in a new year. The pressure of the opportunities before us couple with the malaise of...

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