Christian Fellowship Church Blog

The Hope of Easter Advent (For Those in a Hard Season)

March 7, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

Christmas is behind us, an ancient memory at this point in March, with Easter just ahead. But if we return to Christmas for just a moment, it might enhance our experience of Easter this year, especially for those who may be in a difficult season or a time of waiting on the Lord. We tend to associate Christmas wit

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Christian Thinking in Present Controversies

February 21, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

We live in an era of fast-moving information via all manner of media. The 24 hour news cycle seems to have an insatiable appetite. It seems like every other day there is a new crisis. The speed at which these things confront us can be overwhelming. I now have someone who briefs me every Sunday morning on what current

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This Time Was Different

January 25, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

We’ve been welcoming new members into the life of our church twice a year for nearly forty years. But this time was different. Not only were we welcoming those who looked familiar in present society, we were also welcoming those who had come from 10,000 miles away, across a journey of twenty years, who had landed in

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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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