The Hope of Easter

Posted April 17, 2019
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Easter joy and peace to you all!   For many of us Easter is a joyful time of family gatherings filled with happiness and sweet memories! But for some of us, Easter may be a time of suffering and sorrow. This may be a "dark time" in your life as you contend with a loss or defeat in your life. But just as even the smallest light can provide a ray of hope in …
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Holy Week

Posted April 10, 2019
During Holy Week we focus on the fact that Jesus payed the price for our sins by dying on the cross.  As the week begins on Palm Sunday we join in the joyful shouts of “Hosanna! Save us!” By the end of the week we learn how Jesus will save us as we hear the angry shout of “Crucify!” On Good Friday as Jesus hung on the cross, He showed the full devotion of His love for you.  When …
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The "Other" Brother...

Posted April 4, 2019
 We all know Jesus’ parable of the “prodigal” son. Jesus tells a story about an unfaithful son who wastes his father’s riches. After “coming to his senses” the wayward son repents and returns to his father. The loving father comes running to his son and welcomes him back home with love! The parable is actually a picture of God’s extravagant (prodigal) love and mercy for each one of his wayward children. But what about the “other” brother?  Wasn’t he also …
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Walking with Jesus in Worship

Posted March 27, 2019
What does it look like to be a “disciple” (a follower) of Jesus?  Faithfully following Jesus may look a little different for each one of us, but as we are guided by the Holy Spirit we all find ourselves on a path that follows THE Good Shepherd Jesus as we “Love Jesus, Love God’s Word and Love People!”  One way that you can “Love Jesus” is to experience Jesus in your worship.  In the book of Acts the early Christians “devoted …
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Talking with Jesus

Posted March 21, 2019
Most of us have heard about IKEA.  Probably because they are the largest furniture retailer in the world!  IKEA is the Swedish based company that markets, ready to assemble furniture, home accessories and…MEATBALLS!  Culinary delights aside, the reason I believe that IKEA has taken over other furniture markets is simple… They provide easy to follow directions!With IKEA it’s almost fun to put your bed, or cabinet together.  How do they make their ready-to-assemble instructions so …
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Good Shepherd: "A House of Healing"

Posted March 14, 2019
One time in Jesus’ ministry, the followers of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked if He was the Messiah or if they should expect someone else.  Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see:  the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have Good News preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended …
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Posted March 7, 2019
SOS OK, quick quiz!  How many of the Ten Commandments can you name? Take a moment and test your memory...Let's see, thou shalt not murder, don't steal, don't lie... How did you do? Did you name all ten?  It gets pretty tough doesn't it? Do you remember memorizing the commandments for confirmation class? It's pretty hard to remember all ten of the commandments isn't it? Do you know what's even harder?  Keeping the commandments....God's word is …
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Listen to Jesus

Posted February 27, 2019
Have you heard of the phrase, "slow to speak, and quick to listen?" Listening is an acquired skill. It takes lots of practice! There is a BIG difference between simply hearing words and actually listening to what a person is trying to say… Careful listening is more than merely hearing sounds. Active listening requires our full attention.   In Luke 9:35, God-The Father speaks something that we should ALL pay close attention to and listen. "This is my Son, …
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Cold French Fries?

Posted February 21, 2019
In 2009 Kavya Shivashankar won the National Spelling Bee held in Washington DC.  Her winning word was, “laodicean!”  Do you know what “laodicean” means?  It means, “lukewarm!”  How did such a common word, term come to have such a tricky way to spell it?  To get back to the original meaning we need to go back about 2000 years…..The early Christian church had seven congregations in the Roman province of Asia (modern day Turkey).  Like many congregations the churches were all different.  Some …
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Need Jesus?

Posted February 14, 2019
Have you thought about going to our midweek iREACH classes, but have just not been able to find the time?  If you have not been able to join us at iREACH lately, I would ask you to prayerfully consider coming to our next class.  To begin with, Judy & Dale Lenart prepare an AWESOME MEAL every week!  No more worrying about what to fix for Wednesday dinner!  It’s easy!  Secondly, it’s a fun time!  You …
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