Reflecting Incarnation

A Simple Guide to Enjoying the Old Testament

May 24, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

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 to motivate us

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50 Days of Prayer

April 19, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

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The Posture of Lent

March 22, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

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 look into oneself - to look at one’s weaknesses and

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Black History Month

February 21, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

I am in the middle of reading a book by Martin Luther King Jr. titled, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? It was written 51 years ago in 1967, a year before Dr. King was assassinated. In it, he wrestles with and articulates a way forward for our nation: the black community and the white community. I find i

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Faithful Words in Times of Trial

December 21, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

It has been an unusually trying season for us as a church. We have, in these last few weeks, had to navigate an episode of community unrest, shots being fired in our parking lot, the death of a high school senior in our school, and a close relative of several of our church members who took his life. We have hardly ha

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Famous Prayers

November 21, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

When I first became a practicing Christian I was intrigued with the idea of informal, spontaneous prayers. I had grown up only hearing set prayers that were known by those in my liturgical setting. Praying your own words was a novelty, but I also thought it held a greater sincerity. When I came into praying in the spir

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Making Culture or Counter-Culture

October 17, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

As followers of Jesus are we meant to make the culture or are we meant to counter the culture? Is the goal to get more people to go to church or is it to be a church that stands as a thing set apart in the world? While there has been much outstanding thought on the various ways that the church is to be toward the wo

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“A Message and a Warning to the Men of Christian Fellowship”

July 19, 2018 By: Phil Schaefer

How’s that for a title! The Apostle Paul in giving instructions to his disciple Timothy, tells him, “Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” Likewise, Peter tells the dispersed church to “be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil wa

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Pentecost

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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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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