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“All Things Come Not by Chance, But by His Fatherly Hand” (Part 2)

June 6, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

Last month, I began a blog series on God’s providence (see Part 1 here). The Heidelberg Catechism, we saw, defines God’s Providence as:the almighty and everywhere present power of God, whereby, as it were, by his hand, he still upholds heaven and earth, with all creatures, and so governs them that herbs and gra

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God in this City: Summer Block Parties

May 30, 2018 By: Nathana Clay

Over the past couple months, God’s calling to connect to others and reach out within my neighborhood has become increasingly clear. It started as an interaction our family had with a young preteen girl in the neighborhood. Through it my family witnessed the compassion and protection that our neighborhood outreach

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May 17, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

Pop Quiz: What are the three most significant holidays in the church calendar? a) Christmas, Easter, Independence Day? b) Christmas, Easter, the Fall Festival? c) Christmas, Good Friday, Easter? d) Christmas, Easter, Pentecost?If you chose (c) you would be correct, but if you chose (d) you would be more in l

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“All Things Come Not by Chance, But by His Fatherly Hand” (Part 1)

May 3, 2018 By: Donnie Berry

This week at our cfCollege Bible study, the question of God’s sovereignty came up, as it often does. All roads, it seems, lead here. How does God rule over his creation? Is God in control of everything? What about evil and suffering? What about our decisions and choices? Can you miss God’s will? Can you mess up his

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Top 7 Reasons Prophecy is Important

April 18, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

Certain spiritual gifts carry a tension, a controversy, an uneasiness. Prophecy is one of those gifts. But isn’t it interesting that prophecy as spoken about in the Scripture is a very good and helpful gift given by God. The Bible even says: Do not despise prophecy. This blog edition is not about how to avoid the p

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The Revolution That is Known as Easter

March 21, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

Easter and revolution don’t seem like they go together. One is about celebrating and new life and the other is about conflict and undoing things. Renown historical theologian, N.T. Wright, has written two books addressing these two ideas and they both revolve around the Easter story. The title of one is ‘The Day

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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 6:20For 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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