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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. … Continue reading

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Why Did The Angels Appear To The Shepherds?

Of all the kinds of people in the world why was it that shepherds were chosen as the ones to hear the message of Jesus’s birth directly from the angels? There are qualities pictured by what a shepherd does that … Continue reading

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The Role of Joseph in the Story of Christmas

Jesus Christ was not the son of Joseph. The whole Christian religion revolves around the truth that Jesus was born of a virgin, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and therefore could be called, “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah … Continue reading

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The Power Of Hope

This Sunday the subject will be Hope. Zacharias and Elizabeth were promised by an angel that they would have a baby who would be the one that would prepare the way for the Messiah. They were way past the age … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks For Divine Providence

This Sunday we will celebrate Thanksgiving. This year we will focus on gratitude for how we are led, no matter how things may appear, to states of greater and greater happiness. As the prophet Jeremiah writes: “For I know the thoughts … Continue reading

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Make A Gratitude Adjustment

As Thanksgiving gets near we begin to think about what we are grateful for. This is a good tradition. But what if we worked on developing a greater awareness around being grateful and opening our eyes everyday to the blessings … Continue reading

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Love Over Ego, Part 6: Love Wins

In the next part of this story Daniel is raised to high office by the new king, Darius the Mede, but jealous rivals trick Darius into issuing a decree which condemns Daniel to death. Hoping for Daniel’s deliverance, but unable … Continue reading

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Love Over Ego, Part 5: The Writing On The Wall

The story of Daniel continues now under a new king, Belshazzar. This new king hasn’t learned the lessons of his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar and acts recklessly and selfishly. He throws a decadent party in the palace during which a disembodied hand … Continue reading

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Love Over Ego, Part 4: Humility Over Shame

In Daniel Chapter 4 Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a great tree that shelters the whole world, but in his dream an angelic “watcher” appears and decrees that the tree must be cut down and that for seven years he, Nebuchadnezzar, will … Continue reading

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Love Over Ego, Part 3: Confidence Over Arrogance

In the book of Daniel, Chapter 3, King Nebuchadnezzar made a ninety foot tall gold image and compelled all to worship the image or be thrown into a burning fiery furnace. Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, given the names Shadrach, Meshach … Continue reading

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