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Nothing Special

Posted by Todd Naevestad on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> I'm fascinated by domino art. Hobbyists spend hours—days, even—setting up intricate patterns and designs. Hundreds or thousands of tiny pieces all come together to make something marvelous. And all of it...

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God Takes Care of the Rest

Posted by Tom Pipkin on

Everybody loves a good story. Last Sunday we began a series we are calling Who Knows? Seven Stories to Inspire. We are looking at seven different stories from the Bible about how God used ordinary people to do extraordinary things and we are challenging each other to consider how our stories are...

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Who Knows the Places You'll Go?

Posted by Lindy Keffer on

We're getting ready for worship on Sunday! View worship bulletins >> This coming Sunday, we'll embark on a new sermon series from the Old Testament. We'll enter into the narratives of some of its well-known heroes and heroines and catch that moment in each of their lives—the...

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My Story Is In God

Posted by Tim McConnell on

What is your story? Each of us has one. Life is lived in the middle of a great story full of twists and turns in the past and an unresolved plot pushing into the future. Sometimes we can see the plot changes coming, but sometimes not. Sometimes it’s easy to see a crisis coming, but...

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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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