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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 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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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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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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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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Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description

Sermon: "Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description" Series: Grace for the Church, Hope for the World Bible Text:Titus 1:5-9 (focus on vs. 9) Preached May 5, 2013 by Jimmy Davis Download or Listen Here: "Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description" Sermon Summary: In Titus 1:5-8, Paul is giving us a description of the character of Grace-Filled Leaders. These are the charact...

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Grace-Filled Leaders: A Case Study

Sermon:"Grace-Filled Leaders: A Case Study" Series:Grace for the Church, Hope for the World Bible Text:Titus 1:10-16 Preached May 12, 2013 by David Ridenhour Download Sermon Summary: In Titus 1:10-16, Paul is moving from a description of who leaders in the church are and what they are doing to an immediate need case study. On Crete, Titus is encountering people who a...

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Knowing the Holy Spirit

Sermon:"Knowing the Holy Spirit" Series:Stand-alone message, not part of a series Bible Text:John 16:4-15 Preached May 19, 2013 by David Ridenhour Download We took a break last week from our series in the book of Titus to consider the life-changing event in the church, which saw the Holy Spirit come at Pentecost. What is Pentecost? Dr. Robert Webber in his book Anci...

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