Phil Schaefer

Letter from Pastor Phil

By Phil Schaefer / May 28, 2020

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 with doctors and scientists in our…

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Ash Wednesday

By Phil Schaefer / February 21, 2020

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, and have that mark. That day…

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Take Note of This Moment

By Phil Schaefer / November 25, 2019

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’re really doing this!” It was…

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Dear America

By Phil Schaefer / October 17, 2019

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 do not want to sit on…

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Saints, It’s Time To Pray!

By Phil Schaefer / September 19, 2019

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 its destruction; and when it’s time…

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Living in the Book

By Phil Schaefer / August 23, 2019

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 in the book that I am…

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Religious Freedom

By Phil Schaefer / July 1, 2019

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 his church – the Church of…

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A Simple Guide to Enjoying the Old Testament

By Phil Schaefer / May 24, 2019

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 appreciate the Old Testament more, and…

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50 Days of Prayer

By Phil Schaefer / April 19, 2019
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The Posture of Lent

By Phil Schaefer / March 22, 2019

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. Is there a godly way to…

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