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A Prayer of Thanks

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're celebrating Thanksgiving, and we hope you are too. We're all ready for worship on Sunday, though! View worship bulletins >> A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, The fountain of all goodness, You open Your hand and satisfyThe desires of every...

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I Will Rejoice

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

This week we finish our sermon series in Habakkuk, and this week we give thanks around our tables for God’s goodness in our lives. It’s fitting that our final word from the prophet (3:18), is “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD.” The “yet” indicates that joy may...

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Kingdoms Come and Go

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> Not of this World One of God's little serendipities in my life this fall started when I picked up a long-time favorite book, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, just as the Kingdom Come sermon series...

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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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On Vision

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> Vision: Don't leave home without it In Habakkuk's world, and in ours, if you're going to keep going each day, you must have a vision. In preparation for Sunday, here's a YouTube meditation on vision, in two...

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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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Who is Habakkuk?

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Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> A Bit of History This Sunday, we begin a new sermon series in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. You might be surprised how many of this prophet's thoughts echo our own, and how his world resembles ours. This...

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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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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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