Who Sends People Easter Cards?

April 6, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

I was pleasantly surprised when Deb and I received in the mail an Easter card from our youngest son and his wife. I thought, "Who sends people Easter cards? What thirty year old would send someone an Easter card?" And these two are in Europe right now; so, how did they have the presence of mind to be this kind or t

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Thoughts on the song “King of My Heart”

March 30, 2017 By: Joy Perona

Our new song, “King of My Heart” has been one of my favorites for a while now. Whether I’m blasting it in my car or listening to it at my desk at work, it always seems appropriate for whatever I’m doing or whatever my day holds. Throughout the whole song “You are good” is repeated over and over. I’ve fo

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The Method to the Message

March 30, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

Preparing to give a teaching on a Sunday morning requires a variety of people to consider. There is the Biblically well-read, the theologically astute, the ‘been-walking-with-Jesus-a-long-time’ person who figures he or she has heard it all a hundred times before, the ‘I-grew-up-in-the-church’ who can feel a

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Novels, the Bible, a Book Festival and Our Church

March 9, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

It has been said by a number of leading theologians and pastors that reading literature, especially fiction novels, may be the best way for people to understand the Bible. That is a bold and odd-sounding claim. But what they are saying is that the better one is versed in how to read a story, particularly a complex

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He Makes No Mistakes

February 23, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

In my Sunday message, in which I spoke about growing through stages of faith, I made a brief reference to the Twilight and Harry Potter series as books with a moral story for the young adult reader even though they are books about vampires and wizards. Parents with younger children might censor these books, but I h

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Hug A Heart

February 22, 2017 By: Tara Freeman

[caption id="attachment_10507" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Join our new ministry bringing comfort and compassion to breast cancer patients.[/caption] What seems to be a very practical service project has become a gift of compassion and comfort to breast cancer patients. Our very own Linda McBee, having seen the

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Justice, Benevolence and The Spirit Behind Them

February 10, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

Question: Do Christians have a responsibility toward justice? - Yes Question: Is benevolence the same as justice? - No Question: Is justice an imperative for a Christian? - Yes Question: What is the spirit one should have when it comes to matters of justice? - With winsomeness Private Morality For m

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Rejecting the Un-Christlike God

February 4, 2017 By: Phil Schaefer

I recently read this critique in a book addressing what God is really like: “If you’re a Christian that supports killing your enemy and torture, you have come up with a new name for yourself… ’Capping the enemy’ is not exactly what Jesus would do. For almost two thousand years, Christians have been law

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A New View

January 22, 2017 By: Kaylyn Briscoe

For eight and a half years, I have had the privilege of serving in the capacity of cfKidz Ministry Director.  One of the biggest blessings that I get to see happen weekly is the simple and profound act of God’s family serving one another. Being on the giving and receiving end is something that is part of being i

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My Baptism Story

January 19, 2017 By: Tara Freeman

I remember it clearly, I was 12 starting 8th grade at a new school in a new town and my life was ridiculously messy. It was just me and a single parent. The rest of my family was scattered and had already stopped going to church, so I started walking to a church. I’d wanted to be baptized since I was 7. I was tol

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