How Do I Know If I Am Making Spiritual Progress?

We work day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year on our spiritual life. How do we know if we are making any real progress? Sometimes it feels like we aren’t getting anywhere. What are the signs of progress?  We will dig into that question this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

We hope you can come along this Sunday.

 

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Is It Difficult Or Easy To Live A Life That Leads To Heaven?

Good news: it is not so difficult to live the life that leads to heaven as is believed. This Sunday we will talk about why.

See you Sunday at 10:30 or please join the livestream on our Facebook page.

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No Worship Service This Sunday 12/29

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Christmas Eve Candle Light Service 5:00 p.m.

We welcome you to celebrate Christmas with us at a candle light service on Christmas Eve beginning at 5:00 p.m. There will be lots of Christmas hymns to sing and other special songs to enjoy as well as scriptural readings about the birth of the Lord. We hope you and your family and friends will join us.
May there be peace on earth and good will toward all.
Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Tableaux Service Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

This Sunday is our annual Christmas Tableaux service at 5:00 p.m. It is a visual enactment of the story of the Lord’s Advent with scripture readings to go along with the scenes and music to enjoy and hymns to sing. This special service is loved by all ages and does a good job of getting one in the true spirit of Christmas.
There is no morning worship service this Sunday the 22nd. Only the Tableaux at 5:00 p.m.

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When In The Dark, Look For The Light

We all have times of darkness – when we feel sad, alone, lost, afraid, hopeless. In times of darkness look for the glimmer of light. There is always some light, even if it is through the cracks in our own brokenness. Like the wise travelers in the Christmas story we must seek it, follow it and keep going even when we have missed the mark. Eventually we will be led to a place of peace, hope and joy.

Christmas reminds us our need for The Light and how just a little light can change everything.

Join us for Worship this Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, at 10:30 a.m.

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Praying For Others: Does It Do Any Good?

It seems like common sense that we ought to pray for others when they are in need. Yet sometimes we find ourselves in circular arguments in our mind about why we should bother. If God is all knowing and all loving and all wise why would we need to pray for others when of course God is managing the universe as perfectly as possible and doing as much good to all people as is possible? What difference do our prayers make? Are we going to change the course of people’s lives and events of this world by praying?

You are invited to worship this Sunday as we dig into this topic. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. a.m.

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The Causes And Cure For Stress

Everyone deals with stress. Some stress is healthy. Too much can tear us apart on many levels and remove any sense of well being.

This week we will look at the causes of stress and begin to create a plan to deal with it or perhaps help to remove it – or at least the stressful part of stress.

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Growing Through Challenges, Part 4: Pray And Take The Next Step

Who’s doing the work, me or God?

This is one of the inner struggles we face when trying to overcome a challenge. Do I pray and wait for God to do something to get me through this or do I have to do all the work myself and God is just watching?

The answer is that it is a partnership. We are supposed to pray for help but then we have to act or take the next step, trusting that the Lord will work on our behalf to move us through the challenge. Or as the Russian proverb says: Pray to God, but row for shore.

We will see this truth played out in the final part of the story of Gideon. Gideon sees the odds are way against him, but he also has been told very clearly that the Lord will be with him. He just has to have enough trust to take the next step.

Are you ready to take the next step?

We hope to see you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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Growing Through Challenges, Part 3

What does a dog lapping water have to do with my spiritual life? A fair question. In the story of Gideon from the book of Judges in the Bible we are told about a small Israelite army facing a large Midianite army. They were outnumbered 4 to 1. The Lord said their army was too big and that any one who was afraid could leave. The army shrunk by about two thirds. Now they were outnumbered 13 to 1. The Lord said their army was still too big. If they won they would boast about how awesome they were. So the Lord ordered Gideon to have a test of the soldiers. He was to lead them to water and whoever knelt down with their face in the water was to leave, but whoever cupped their hands and lifted the water to their face and lapped the water like a dog was to stay and fight. That test dwindled the number down to 300, or 450 to 1. Now they were ready.

Sometimes when the odds seem impossible, we are just being prepared to be shown us how capable and powerful and able the Lord is to lead us and help us. We are given the opportunity to learn that with God all things are possible – if we will relinquish control.

Join us Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as we look more deeply at this story and its meaning.

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