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  • Preparing our Hearts for Christmas
    December 7, 2017|Tommy's Blog

    This Sunday, we begin a new series to prepare our hearts for Christmas. It is called “Carols” and will highlight some beloved Christmas music. The first is, “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”   Richard Neil Donovan writes: In Hebrew, the word “immanu” means “with us.” The word “El” means “God.”   Emmanuel, then, combines those…

  • Learning to be Content
    November 30, 2017|Tommy's Blog

    We close our study of Philippians this week by looking at contentment. Paul said that he had learned to be content whatever the circumstances. This is necessary because life never remains the same.   Marshall Shelley, editor of Leadership Journal, writes:   My wife’s father is a Kansas farmer. He’s spent a lifetim…

  • Reckless Love
    November 26, 2017|Caleb's Blog

    This morning I wanted to share a song and a beautiful story from scripture.   In Matthew 18:11-14, Jesus tells His disciples, “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the m…

  • Be Anxious For Nothing
    November 26, 2017|Tommy's Blog

    This past winter (2017), Sarah Fader, a 37-year-old social media consultant in Brooklyn who has generalized anxiety disorder, texted a friend in Oregon about an impending visit.  When a quick response failed to materialize, she posted on Twitter to her 16,000-plus followers:  “I don’t hear from my friend for a day – my thou…

  • The Enemy is at Work
    November 19, 2017|Caleb's Blog

    John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.   Church family, Satan is as REAL as Christ Jesus Himself, and he’s at war with God for your soul. He’s a thief, he’s a liar, he’s a murderer and he’s strong.  Sat…

  • Good Riddance Day in Times Square
    November 16, 2017|Tommy's Blog

    Since 2006 a group of people celebrate an important event around the New Year. It’s called Good Riddance Day. Participants write down unpleasant, painful, or embarrassing memories from the past year and throw them into an industrial-strength shredder. Or if you prefer, you can also take a sledge hammer and smash your good r…

  • A Complaining Spirit
    November 12, 2017|Tommy's Blog

    In our study of Philippians this week, we come to an uncomfortable verse. Paul tells us to “do all things without grumbling or disputing.” It is easy to let a negative spirit take up residence in our lives and rob us of our joy.   Jeff Manion, in his book The Land Between, writes about this:   The heart drifts tow…

  • The Father’s Mercy
    November 12, 2017|Caleb's Blog

    Have you ever been at the mercy of God? I can name several times in my life when I had absolutely no control and all I could do was look up at heaven and trust the Father. We as humans like to have control, don’t we? However, it’s always in those desperate times that we find our way back to the feet of Jesus. These are the…

  • Fire!
    November 3, 2017|Caleb's Blog

    Exodus 3:1-2 KJV Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burn…

  • What is Your Calling?
    October 26, 2017|Tommy's Blog

    It may be different from your vocation.  What has God created you to do?  We’ll talk about it this Sunday, but maybe this story will help you start thinking about it.   Richard Halverson, former pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, and also the former chaplain of the United States Senate, used th…

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