Reflecting Incarnation

Ash Wednesday

February 21, 2020 By: Phil Schaefer

A couple of years ago, I was watching one of the cable news channels and I noticed the news anchor had a black mark on her forehead. I immediately knew what it was, and I was a bit surprised that she could go on national television, do her job, and have that mark. That day was Ash Wednesday, and clearly this person had

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Take Note of This Moment

November 25, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

Earlier this month, Christian Fellowship held a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of a new church facility on 37 acres that had been purchased a number of years ago. As someone who has been a part of our church for many years said to me, “This is really exciting! We’re really doing this!” It was a moment

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Dear America

October 17, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

We are living in a time when followers of Christ are asking questions about how to engage in conversations about social issues. An ever-growing number are asking, “how can we think ‘Christianly’ about these issues?” Many do not want to get pulled into the strong-willed political perspectives but also do not w

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Saints, It’s Time To Pray!

September 19, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

The Scripture speaks of the people of God discerning the time of their visitation. By that it means the time when God begins to move in a distinctive way – when it’s time for Joshua to enter the Promised Land; when it’s time for the rebuilding of Jerusalem after its destruction; and when it’s time for Jesus t

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Living in the Book

August 23, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

Let me tell you about a way of reading the Bible that I have found to be fun and fascinating. There are many different Bible reading plans that one can pursue, but I don’t think I have come across this one. It simply is this: I try to live in the book that I am reading. I have lived in the book of Proverbs, Psalms,

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Religious Freedom

July 1, 2019 By: Phil Schaefer

There is a local 4-mile race that I have been running for a number of years that is held on July 4th as part of the Independence Day holiday. It is called the Parley P. Pratt Freedom Run, and it is sponsored by a running acquaintance of mine and his church – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon

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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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