Getting Ready for Christmas

The lights, the gifts, the stockings, the decorations. People all around us are getting ready for Christmas. But beyond the shopping and cooking and cleaning, will your heart be ready for Christmas? The baby who was born in Bethlehem brings everything our hearts need. So let’s be sure to focus on why he came. To…

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The Power of Gratitude

It’s easy to miss the good things in day-to-day life. It’s natural to focus on what’s frustrating and disappointing. It’s difficult to remember all the reasons to be glad and give thanks. Enter the power of gratitude. It’s a way of forcing ourselves to remember and really think about what is good. The things that…

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Why go to church?

Because life is hard for all of us. Because we weren’t designed to be isolated islands all by ourselves. Because trusting and hoping and persevering can be really hard sometimes. So we need each other. In the same place at the same time learning and singing and confessing the same beautiful things together. Because God…

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He’s talking to you

Wouldn’t it be great to get a message from God? To have God himself actually talk to you? To hear him speaking what he wants you to hear and know? God talks to you. Yes, to you personally. In the Bible. The great and mighty Being of the universe who made it all and holds…

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Blameless

No one’s perfect. There’s plenty of blame to put on any of us for any number of mistakes and regrets. Who could be that pure? Good enough to be considered blameless? Well, you. In Christ, God makes you blameless. Planned before the world was made. True right here, right now. In Christ, God doesn’t accuse…

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You’re the one God uses

God provides for the needs of the world. He could do that directly on his own. But heprefers to use you. Your faithful work. The meals you prepare for others. The services you provide. Youcleaning the house. You maintaining the car and the yard. All the times you listen to yourkids about their day and…

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Let’s start a revolution

Martin Luther, with some help from friends and a ton of help from God, started a revolution now known as the Reformation of the Christian Church. And it changed the world. It all started with grace. It was all based on God and his Word. It centered around Jesus and stared a movement that led…

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Pain

It’s a real part of life. It comes in lots of different forms. Some live with unbearable pain. God knows pain, too. Jesus felt it all when he was on earth. He gets it, and his heart breaks for you. And while he walks with you through it, he wants you to know that the…

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A lion for a savior

Who saves us? Jesus does. Who is Jesus? The one who suffered and died in our place. Gentle and kind as he willingly gave himself up for us. But don’t be fooled. He’s no wimp. He’s mighty and powerful enough to bring himself back to life. He rules in heaven with majesty, glory, and almighty…

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Thankful for differences

We’re naturally drawn to people who are most like us. And honestly, differences can be kind of annoying. But they don’t have to be. In fact, God made us with different personalities, different preferences, different abilities, and different backgrounds. Because our differences make humanity so much more beautiful. Introverts and extroverts. Dreamers and doers. Those…

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