Christian Fellowship Church Blog

Embracing Work as Worship

January 11, 2018 By: Beth Bramstedt

“Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care.” I Timothy 6:20 For more than two decades, and all my adult working life, God called me to serve his Church in full-time ministry. It wasn’t something I aspired to, or pursued, in fact I pretty much fell into it. But it quickly became all I knew. And I love

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The Glorious Proclamation of Handel’s Messiah

December 22, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

Handel’s Messiah. We all have heard of it. 2017 marks the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel’s death and the celebration of one of the greatest and best known operas in history. From ‘Comfort Ye my People’ to ‘Unto Us is Born a Child’ to ‘The Hallelujah Chorus’ it is a glorious proclamation o

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Gratitude and God’s Gift in our Pain

December 13, 2017 By: Donnie Berry

“I just wish I knew what God’s will for my life was.” Ever had that thought? Trying to figure out God’s will can be frustrating. It can seem mysterious, elusive, unknowable. Except when it’s not. Except when God makes it plain as day, and then you realize maybe not knowing wasn’t so bad. Like when Paul sa

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Why the Liturgical Calendar Matters

November 29, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

All churches have a liturgy – even Christian Fellowship! Ours is not the traditional liturgy, but all Christians shape their faith on traditional liturgy. How, you may ask. The Liturgical Calendar is how the church recognizes the historical and theological events of Christian history. Christmas and Easter are par

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Thoughts on Thankfulness

November 21, 2017 By: Jean Claude Ntimpa and Nene Peter

I’m Pastor Jean Claude Ntimpa. In these Thanksgiving holidays, I’m happy to get this opportunity to share with you this encouragement. The word “thank” is a small word, but it is very powerful and to be thankful is very important to mankind. Even a dog gives thanks to his boss, watch him shaking his tail!

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What Does God Want From Us?

November 8, 2017 By: Donnie Berry

This was the question Martin Luther was asking 500 years ago. What works does God want us to do? How can we please him? Can we ever do enough? It was a question that nearly drove Luther mad. The question wasn’t new to Luther. A Jewish crowd once asked it of Jesus shortly after they had seen five barley loaves a

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Thou Shalt Love Thyself?

November 1, 2017 By: Deb Schaefer

I have long fought against the worldly concept of loving yourself.  My opinion on the matter was iron clad and tightly bolted. In my opinion, we all loved ourselves a little too much, and this was the root of so much anger, bitterness, divorce, break-downs in relationships, and even war. The problem was that everyone

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For Such A Time As This

October 18, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

We are living in challenging times. There is much movement going on culturally, politically, religiously, journalistically, and racially. It is enough to make one’s head spin, but I find it fascinating as well as challenging. As a pastor, I am regularly being faced with questions and responses from church members

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Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the False Gospel of Self-Fulfillment

October 4, 2017 By: Donnie Berry

Are you a theologian of the cross or a theologian of glory? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Probably not. But it’s a great question to ask (really, I promise) as we approach the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, kicked off when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenb

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Why Are We Live Streaming Our Sermons?

September 15, 2017 By: Danny

This past week at Christian Fellowship, Skylark Audio & Video installed new video equipment for our auditorium. We upgraded our video switcher, replaced monitors, and even traded out our old camera for two new cameras. This new equipment will help us raise our level of production during services, and our Produc

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