Today we are starting a new series called “Characters of the Bible.” We will begin by looking at the life of Daniel. His life was shaken when he was a teenager. Yet, through all the ups and downs, he did not compromise his faith. His story ends 70 years later as an amazing leader and…

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This week we will be hearing from Steve Huerd. We will be focusing on the Sabbath. From Genesis 16 and Isaiah 58 we learn that if we are going to keep the Sabbath, we’ve got to learn how to do three things. We’ve got to learn how to finish  We’ve got to learn how to rest …

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Amazing Grace is the most sung, most recorded, and probably the most loved song of all time. Jonathan Aitken estimates that no other song even comes close to the number of recordings or frequency of performances, which is estimated to be around 10 million per year. It is estimated that if John Newton received royalties…

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Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Jesus’ promise of His presence echos one of the great, master promises of the Bible.  All throughout the Bible, (over three hundred times!) God promises His presence to His people as they walk through the challenges of life. …

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Today, we will be hearing from one of our elders, Rob Corbin. Some of you may remember the catchy little chorus by Oswald Smith from way back — “There is Joy! Joy! Joy in serving Jesus! Joy that throbs within my heart; Ev’ry moment, ev’ry hour, As I draw upon His power, There is Joy!…

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In Matthew 18:1-14 Jesus warns us about offending others. We are not to offend others, but what do we do when we are offended? We live in a world where conflict is unavoidable. As much as we may wish to avoid it, conflict comes to us all.  Interpersonal and relational conflict is one of the central…

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Matthew 18 is Jesus’ sermon for the congregation. These are his house rules.  He is building his house and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. And in this section, he is telling us how he expects his family to live in the world and live together. This is a manual for loving others,…

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We are moving to Phase 3 of Jesus’ building project: His House Rules. We all have “house rules.” Some are obvious and stated: Take your shoes off at the door…  No balls or frogs in the house…  No sugar before bed… And some are implicit and unsaid:  Don’t bother Dad while the game is on… …

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We all have rituals. We all have routines or traditions that we keep year after year. There is not always a clear explanation for some of them. But we have been intentional about others. Mark 14:12-31 tells about a ritual. A celebration. The Festival of Unleavened Bread, also known as the Passover, had been a…

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When Cynthia taught first grade one of the weekly highlights for me was hearing the report from “Show and Tell.” I loved hearing about nervous Dad’s bringing in the lego Death Star, or frogs being snuck in lunch boxes, or some family heirloom being brought into class without the parents knowledge.  Show and Tell is…

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