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Finding Inner Strength

What do we do when we are overwhelmed? What can we do prevent states of overwhelm from taking hold of us? There are two stories we are going to look at that show us one thing we can do before … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Candle Light Service 5:30 p.m.

We welcome you to celebrate Christmas in a virtual candle light service on Christmas Eve beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. There will be lots of Christmas hymns to sing and other special songs to enjoy as well as … Continue reading

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What Made Them Wise Men?

Wise men came from the East to worship the Christ Child following the promised star. When they finally found the Christ Child they fell down and worshiped Him; offering gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  These visitors are called “wise men” in the … Continue reading

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Why Were Shepherds Chosen To Receive The News Of Christ’s Birth?

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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Do You Have Room?

When the expecting Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem to be taxed and counted as part of the census demanded by Emperor Caesar Augustus they found no place where they could stay.  There was no room for them in the … Continue reading

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The Messages Of Christmas

This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent so we will begin to turn our attention to the messages of the Christmas story. This week will take an overview of the elements of the story to gather inspiration for what … Continue reading

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Finding Reasons To Give Thanks

It can feel challenging to find gratitude this year with so many restrictions and the losses this pandemic has wrought. And it is good to look for the blessings, even if they are not what we might have hoped for … Continue reading

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Loving (or even just tolerating) Those You Disagree With

We live in a highly divided world. We all set up our camp of beliefs and have determined that if anyone doesn’t agree with us then they are idiots (or some other colorful name). This happens in many areas of … Continue reading

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A Still Small Voice

When we are struggling it makes sense that we would want to hide ourselves until the difficulty passes. Are you struggling right now? Do you wish you could hide away somewhere and come out again when everything has settled down? … Continue reading

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Calling All Angels

In our story last week Elijah did something profound to prove the power of God and to disprove the false gods that were being worshipped. But then in our story this week Elijah is threatened and runs away for his … Continue reading

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