In November, we collected funds for the Open Door Mission Christmas Bells Project. Thanks to your generosity, we collected $350 that were turned into 35 Walmart gift cards.  These cards were added to a pair of socks for 20 men, 10 women, and 5 babies. Since then we have been collecting funds to assist with…

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God With Us! One of my favorite Christmas verses is found towards the end of Matthew 1. You remember the story. Joseph found out the Mary was pregnant and knew he didn’t do it. And apparently he was having a hard time believing her story about the angel and the Holy Spirit. Which is not…

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Wisemen? The story of the wisemen is really amazing when you think about it. In fact, one might think that setting out on a journey like they did, with as little information as they had, as not being the wisest move they could make. Following God is like that sometimes. The fact that they recognized…

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Everybody, Always I just finished reading two inspiring and thought provoking books by Bob Goff – Love Does and Everybody, Always (subtitled: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People). The second was by far my favorite. And while it won’t make as much sense without reading the first, it can stand on its own. Here’s why it really…

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Compassion In Matthew 25, one of the passages in this week’s assignment we find the following exchange after separating the people into two groups at His Second Coming: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation…

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Compassion Again In Luke 10, one of the passages in this week’s assignment, we find the following conversation: One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read…

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Communion Sabbath This Sabbath we will be celebrating Communion during our worship service. I know, it’s a bit unusual due to the fact that most everyone will be watching from home. We’ve never done it this way before. But it’s been so long since we have had one, and we have no idea how long it will…

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Happy Thanksgiving – I’m Thankful! We had kind of crazy week. Saturday night, right after sundown we heard a loud bang and our house suddenly went dark and silent. I went outside, sure the power was off on our street, but all the houses had lights on and the street lights were blazing. So, I…

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Keep Your Eyes on Jesus In the last couple of verses from this week’s assignment we find this thought: … Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by…

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A Real Disciple There are two principle messages Jesus gave near the end of His time here on earth. The first one, given just before His arrest and death, was: “… Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are…

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