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Holy Week at Metrocrest (April 13-20, 2014)

Holy Week at Metrocrest April 13th April 20th, 2014 In a world that no longer finds truth relevant, we see over and over again that people are longing for connection to a story; not a fictitious fairy tale where all is pretend, but a real living story where justice triumphs and people realize their dignity, value, and worth. As we look at the story of our redemption in ...

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Reflections on Lent: Amnesty from Parody

For me, Lent is a sigh of relief. One would think with the freedom we have in Christ to attend to the means of grace each Lord's day, I wouldn't need permission to be reflective, private, and worshipful. But I do. Deep within my heart I find the same, familiar trappings beginning to come together. A distancing. A cooling. A familiarity. Something all too mechanical ab...

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New ABC Courses Begin in January

You may recall that a couple of months ago we announced a new plan for our Sunday morning Adult Bible Classes. Here are the courses we'll be offering in the 1st Trimester of 2014, beginning January 5th. Please email Bonnie at the office and let her know 1) Which class you plan to attend; 2) How many from your family will attend that class; and 3) How many study guides/boo...

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The Problem With Holiday Happiness

Happiness is talked about, expected, and hoped for more in December than in any other month in our culture's calendar. Find that hard to believe? Consider the songs that are piped through our car radios, elevators, grocery stores, and shopping malls. We sing more about happiness and cheer during this season than any other time of the year: "Have yourself a merry little...

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Christmas Is for Those Who Need It Most

Night has broken. Dawn has given way to light. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. And he is called wonderful Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of peace. Our Advent longing has given way to Christmas joy. Charles Wesley penned these words to capture this miracle of incarnation: "Come to earth to taste our sadness Thou whose glori...

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Reading the Bible in 2014

J. C. Ryle once said, "I fear we are in danger of forgetting that to HAVE the Bible is one thing, and to READ it quite another." Many of us would love to read the Bible more, even read it all the way through, but we just don't know where to start or how to keep going. At hisGospel Coalition blog Justin Taylor has put together an outstanding collection of links and helps f...

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The Promise of Christmas Joy

[This post is a follow up to "The Problem with Holiday Happiness".] I had never thought about it until this year, but it's curious that we sing more about happiness and cheer in December than in any other month of the year. But as I observed in Part One of this two-part series, despite the all the encouragement to have a holly jolly Christmas, there's a problem with holid...

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New Adult Bible Class Plan

I'm delighted to share with you a new curriculum plan for MPC's Sunday Morning Adult Bible Classes, which was recently approved by the elders. For a while now we've sensed the need to develop an ABC curriculum plan that would help us get a handle on when to teach, what to teach, and how to deliver the teaching to a variety of learners. The new plan divides our ABC year in...

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The Legacy of the Reformation

Martin Luther, commemorated on February 18 Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (2006), 15. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] On October 31st, 1517, the German monk and professor Martin Luther posted a list of 95 theses that sought to reform the beliefs and practices of the medieval Catholic Church according to the teachings of the Bible. Luther's ...

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Faith It... Whether You Feel It Or Not

Early in my walk with Christ I remember being told to "fake it till you feel it." I was advised that when I don't feel like reading God's Word, praying, or obeying Him in some specific way, to "just fake it (do it anyway) and the feelings will follow." But while this sounds like good advice, I don't think it quite measures up to what the Bible teaches. I think the Apostle ...

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A Community of Relaxed Rigor

Jesus stated plainly that he did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets but instead came to fulfill them. 'Therefore', he continues, 'anyone who relaxes the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven but whoever does them and teaches others to do them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.' 'Indeed,' Jes...

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Considering Advent

How is Advent meaningful when we know the message and the story so well? Because Advent is not just about remembering God's story, but rather a time to have our lives undone and rewritten into God's story....

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