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Firm Foundation

firm foundation

In whom is my foundation? A famous evangelist spoke of the following incident: “I have a friend who in a time of business recession lost his job, a sizable fortune, and his beautiful home. To add to his sorrow, his precious wife died; yet he tenaciously held to his faith, the only thing he had…

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Not Perfect, Just Forgiven

Not Perfect, Just Forgiven

With the power and love of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, the people of Hope: gather in worship, grow in love for God and all people, give in service, and go sharing the hope of Jesus with a world in need of hope. In a time when we feel blessed to be part…

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Take Your Questions to the Table

“Do I trust the message of the Bible? Even if I do, can I worship the God I find there? Does this message make sense? Demons, devils, destiny… quite a lot to take in. And this God doesn’t always seem to be so loving. All of these rules and regulations, even as invasive as those…

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Holy Saturday: Life In Between

Today is Holy Saturday. Yesterday commemorated the crucifixion of Christ on the Cross. Within the timeline of Holy Week, today marks the only complete day that Jesus spent buried in a tomb. An unsettling thought, really– but how much more so for the first disciples of Christ! This particular holy day must have been downright…

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Celebrating Lent: What Does It Mean to Prepare for Easter?

In just over two weeks, we will begin to celebrate Holy Week. I’m already blocking out the time for family parties, extra church services, buying cards and hiding eggs. I’m even thinking about some special ministry events following Easter weekend that I will be involved in this year, and planning those to make sure they…

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Jesus: Champion over Death

1 Corinthians 15:20a – “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead.”  People will say that death doesn’t frighten them, but what frightens them is leaving loved ones behind.  Is that really true?  Or is it possible that we are afraid of both?  We are afraid of death, but we are also afraid of…

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The Door of Reformation

Have you seen the news? This fall the Christian Church will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the moment in time a monk named Martin Luther took 95 statements and tacked them to a door of a Castle Church in a little German town called Wittenberg. He simply wanted to talk about some practices…

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The Hope of Christ’s Love

Christ’s heart is “breaking”. Like many of you, I woke up early Monday morning to the horrible, “breaking news” of yet another mass killing of dozens and dozens of people in Las Vegas, and the number will go up.  The shooters name will be another name in our national nightmare of violence. The “breaking news”…

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