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Saving Christmas From the Calendar

The incarnation didn’t just happen once upon a time a long time ago. When Jesus was preparing to leave His disciples, He promised them that the Holy Spirit would come and take up residence in their hearts, empowering them to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth. This means that the incarnation continues in the lives of men and women fully submitted to God. We (the church) are now the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. Join us…
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Saving Christmas From Elvis

Blue Christmas isn’t just a song, it’s a reality for many people for whom the holidays stir up all kinds of sadness and depression. Two-thousand years ago, at the birth of Jesus, the angels declared “Peace on earth, good will to men on whom God’s favor rests.” So why are we more anxious and depressed than ever? And why does this seem especially true at this time of year? Join us for part four of Saving Christmas as we consider how Christmas is saving…
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Saving Christmas From the Grinch

For many people, there is at least one person they’d like to avoid at this year’s Christmas get-together. The reasons range from simple annoyances to serious offenses. At the announcement of Jesus’ birth, the angels’ proclaimed, “Peace on earth, good will toward people on whom God’s favor rests.” If Christmas is the celebration of God making peace with us, shouldn’t we be able to make peace with one another? Join us for part three of Saving Christmas, where we will discover the missing ingredient to the peace we seek with all of the “Grinches” in our world.  And the Word became flesh…
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Saving Christmas From Santa

“He sees you when you’re sleeping; He knows if you’re awake; He knows if you’ve been bad or good; So be good for goodness sake!” The traditions and stories that center around Santa Claus have become deeply embedded in our celebration of Christmas, but do they align with the message of the Gospel? What, if any, impact are these stories having on the next generation? Join us for the second message in Saving Christmas as Pastor Gary compares the theology…
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Saving Christmas From Amazon

Christmas is expensive! Analysts expect us to spend $920 per person on gifts in 2019. If they’re right, it will mean that holiday spending has increased every year since 2008 and will top $1 trillion for the first time ever! But an expensive Christmas is not the same as a meaningful Christmas. In fact, you may be spending a lot of money and only cheapening the true meaning of the season. Maybe we spend so much because we are trying to compensate for something that would cost us much more. It is easy to shop online and have Christmas arrive…

Waiting on Jesus

Remember Black Friday before the internet? Waiting in lines to get those special after Thanksgiving deals? Even if you aren’t old enough to remember or aren’t a shopper, the concept of waiting in line is universal. It seems like we spend most of our lives waiting on something. We wait to get out of school, then we wait to find a Mr./Mrs. “Right”; we wait to start a family, then we wait for the kids to get a little older;…

Gaius Goes to Church

Before email and text messages, most written correspondence was done through letters. Unlike modern forms of communication, letters didn’t come with a thread of what had already been said by the other person. Reading another person’s letter only gives us a portion of the full story. Third John, the shortest book in the Bible, is more like a postcard written by John to a man named Gaius. While we can’t know everything that was going on in Gaius’s church, this…

Standing Firm in Truth and Love

In the state of New Mexico, there is a small town by the name of Truth or Consequences. The name change happened in 1950 to coincide with a game show hosted by Ralph Edwards. The residents of this town are the first to admit that after the name change, weird things began to happen daily. To this day the town is known as a “Weird Town with Weird Happenings.” There was not a Truth or Consequences town or game show…

Idol Free

We love surprise endings. From the revelation of Darth Vader’s true identity to the shocking ending of The Sixth Sense, Hollywood has made a fortune blowing the minds of moviegoers. While the end of John’s first letter isn’t the script for any major Hollywood motion picture, it can have the same effect on its reader. Join us for the conclusion of 1 John where we learn the secret to understanding God, our true identity, and living life in Christ. I write…

Skeptics

Some people say we are living in the “age of skepticism.” From social media spin doctors to outright fake news, there are certainly many reasons to be skeptical. How do you distinguish those who use religion and faith to manipulate and mislead from those who are proclaiming the truth? This is not a new problem for the Church. From the very beginning of the Christian faith, there have been those who have distorted and perverted the teachings of Jesus. Jesus…

Dim Reflections

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” We gaze into mirrors to see the reflection of the only face we cannot see directly – our own! Some are fascinated with their own reflection (Narcissus), some play the comparison game (Snow White’s evil queen), and some avoid self-reflection all together. As followers of Jesus we are called to be transformed into the image of Christ, but how, exactly, does that happen and what does it look like?…

Are You In Christ

John is calling the Church to walk and live in the light and love of Jesus Christ, so they can witness to the world and help bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. John calls his community not to sin but lets them know if they do, there is grace. However, the goal is not to sin. John lets us know that the only way to live in the light of Christ is by being in Christ. If…