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Author: Phil Schaefer

Dear Christian Fellowship Family, As we cautiously re-open our church building in June, we want to keep a certain kind of spirit in our thinking – The spirit of being respectful of different levels of risk tolerance among our members. The key word here is respect. We have consulted…
A couple of years ago, I was watching one of the cable news channels and I noticed the news anchor had a black mark on her forehead. I immediately knew what it was, and I was a bit surprised that she could go on national television, do her job,…
Earlier this month, Christian Fellowship held a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of a new church facility on 37 acres that had been purchased a number of years ago. As someone who has been a part of our church for many years said to me, “This is really exciting!…
We are living in a time when followers of Christ are asking questions about how to engage in conversations about social issues. An ever-growing number are asking, “how can we think ‘Christianly’ about these issues?” Many do not want to get pulled into the strong-willed political perspectives but also…
The Scripture speaks of the people of God discerning the time of their visitation. By that it means the time when God begins to move in a distinctive way – when it’s time for Joshua to enter the Promised Land; when it’s time for the rebuilding of Jerusalem after…
Let me tell you about a way of reading the Bible that I have found to be fun and fascinating. There are many different Bible reading plans that one can pursue, but I don’t think I have come across this one. It simply is this: I try to live…
There is a local 4-mile race that I have been running for a number of years that is held on July 4th as part of the Independence Day holiday. It is called the Parley P. Pratt Freedom Run, and it is sponsored by a running acquaintance of mine and…
Many of us have an aversion to reading the Old Testament. It is cumbersome, complex, and oftentimes confusing. We naturally ask ourselves, “What am I supposed to get out of this?” So to make our task a little easier I have outlined a few basic steps to help us…
  One of our core values as a church is “Devotion to Prayer.” It is taken from Acts 2 that says, “And they devoted themselves to the Apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer.” What was it that caused these early followers of Christ to make prayer a…
I don’t like feeling bad about myself and I am sure you don’t either. And I confess that when I do feel bad about myself I either beat myself up a bit more or I binge eat late into the night. Neither of those responses would I call godly.…
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