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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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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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Gratitude is Good for You

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Gratitude is good for you, even if Thanksgiving dinner is not! The meal may put on a few extra pounds you didn’t need, but the exercise of thanksgiving is very healthy. Thanksgiving is not a Christian holiday. This is not a part of our "liturgical" church calendar. It is not a remembrance...

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Drink Fluids

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It is cold and flu season. This is the time of year we keep telling each other to drink fluids. Or if you want to be more aggressive: “push fluids.” That sounds a little intense to me. But fluids are the answer. If you feel a cold coming on, drink fluids. If you have a cold, drink...

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The Allure of Gentleness

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Today we exercise our right to vote. I hope you have taken time to pray and consider how to use your vote to raise up inspiring leaders. We can be grateful for a nation that lives free, chooses its own leadership through the democratic process and works together for the common good. The fruit of...

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A Spirit of Gentleness

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> This Sunday we begin our new series, Gentle. Gentleness is one fruit of the Spirit that we may not haven given a lot of thought to. With Pastor Tim McConnell, we'll take a long look at what it means to be gentle and...

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