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Advent Devotional Week 3: Because God Said

Posted by Jim DeJarnette on

Meditation by Jim Dejarnette, Minister of Worship and Music  Zephaniah 3:14-20 “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you;  in his love he will no longer rebuke you,  but will rejoice over you with singing.&rdquo...

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Magnify the Lord

Posted by Tim McConnell on

This Sunday, we continued our series Time for Joy, talking about the little moment in Luke 1 when Elizabeth and Mary met together. Elizabeth, empowered by the Holy Spirit, was able to claim faith in the unborn Jesus as “Lord.” Mary, moved by the Holy Spirit at work in her, sang...

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Advent Devotional Week 2: A Bundle of Joy

Posted by Katie Fowler on

Meditation by Katie Fowler, Pastor of Discipleship  Luke 1:39-50 As I write this, I am less than five weeks out from my due date. By the time we look together at Luke 1:39–50 on the second Sunday of Advent, I’ll already have a new son in my arms. Baby is coming. The Fowler...

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One Red Tractor

Posted by Tim McConnell on

“Pastor Tim, why is there a tractor in my church?” Good question. A Different Agenda Do you have your to-do list made up? It’s Christmastime and we’re expected to get everything right. Are you “Seizing the Season”? Are you “Winning at Winter”?...

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Christmas Joy

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We kicked off our new series Time for Joy this week as we roll toward Christmas in this season of expectation we call Advent. Joy is our theme, and joy is our witness to the world. In Christ, we find joy. It is no coincidence that one of the great gifts we give our city each year is a concert...

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Advent Devotional Week 1: A Joy Exercise

Posted by Eunice McGarrahan on

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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Season's Affections

Posted by Tim McConnell on

I saw a story on the news the other night about Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. It happens when the lack of sunshine and time spent outdoors starts to impact your emotions negatively. I first heard of this phenomenon when I was living in Chicago for college. Winters in Chicago, as I...

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