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To Present Us Holy and Blameless

Colossians 1:15, 19-22 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [In] him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in h...

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Rich In Mercy (Part 1)

Ephesians 2:1-7 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wra...

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Rich In Mercy (Part 2)

Ephesians 2:1-7 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of w...

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Christ Reconciled Us To Himself

2Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the m...

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The Lie We Keep Falling For

Romans 5:20-21 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We humans are suckers forthe one,mostdangerouslie. It has haunted us from the last day in the Garden of Eden, ...

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Sent By His Father

1 John 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. This is one of thesimplestverses in the Bible. It has no big words and can be understood by a child on its first reading.There are two people mentioned inthis simple verse-a father and his son.The father gave his son a task to complete. He sent him somewhere, to...

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The Love of Christ Surpasses Knowledge

Ephesians 3:18-19 That you,may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. How do you capture the infinite dimensions oftheloveof Christ with words?In these verses in Ephesians Paul tries to turn three ...

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No Longer Under A Curse

Galatians 3:10,13 For all whorely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them." Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for usfor it is written, "Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree." The words "law" and "curse" conjure up st...

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He Rescued Me From The Pit

Psalm 40:1-2 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. I opened my eyes to utter darkness. It was incredibly quiet. I was unable to tell where I was, except for the cold damp walls pressing in on me from all sides...

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He Himself Bore Our Sins

1 Peter 2:24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. He bore our sins. He bore their weight. We are all familiar with this concept carrying a bag of concrete, or a heavy tool, or moving a friend's armoire down the stairs, or ladies maybe you can relate better to carryin...

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God Has Bigger Plans For You

2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."ThereforeI will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardsh...

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He Emptied Himself

Philippians2:5-9 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a...

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See Your World with New Eyes

There's a well-known proverb that talks about the words we use. You heard it on the playground as a kid. Maybe you came crying into the house and your parents tried to encourage you with this proverb. It goes like this -sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Author Wayne Mack says that this is "one of the biggest lies ever foisted on the h...

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Why Devotions?

I want to tell you why I'm excited to share these devotions with you. There's a special time, usually in the morning, when mist rolls into a valley and rests like a thick and heavy blanket over a sleeping landscape. It is beautiful and serene to behold, but it is fragile, so you have to rise a little early and stare out, not speaking, soaking in the view. As the sun com...

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Pastor Reflections - Nate

Here's a short encouragement for you from your elders - this time in a video from Nate. We pray you are strengthened and blessed by God's Word this week! Slaves to Sin or Righteousness ...

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Pastor Reflections - Nate

Waiting with Patient Hope ...

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Interested in a special night of Music and/or Prayer?

We are making plans for a special night of worship through music and/or prayer in the months ahead. And if that sounds exciting to you, we want to include you in the planning process! Please participate in the two-question survey by following the link below:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XL9JCMX...

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Sustained in Suffering

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We need to hear from God's Word now more than ever, to encourage us and show us how to cling to Him in the midst of our pain....

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Election 2016 - Thoughts from the Elders

Many of us are wrestling with what the Lord would have us do in the upcoming election. Who should we vote for?...

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Praying for Our Country & Politics

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Is there trouble anywhere? Take it to the Lord in prayer....

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2016 Areas of Focus (Part 1 - Holiness)

Each year the elders select areas of focus, in prayerful consideration of how the Lord is leading us as a church in obedience to Him. Our two areas for 2016 are outreach and holiness....

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Morning Dedication

Morning Dedication...

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Is John 3:16 an extreme verse?

Is John 3:16 an extreme verse?...

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