Are We There Yet?

Posted July 21, 2017
What are you doing this summer?  Maybe you have plans for a big trip to Disneyworld or to attend the family reunion.  Maybe this year it's a "staycation" where you just stay close to home and relax.  Whatever your summer plans, no vacation would really be complete without someone yelling from the back seat, "Are we there yet?"  My family has made a few cross country trips including jaunts to California, Florida and Maine.  I've …
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You've Been Hacked!

Posted July 14, 2017
Identity theft is a big deal these days.  If you have an email address, Facebook account or do any on-line business, you run the risk of someone hacking into your account and taking over your identity!  Actually, you don't even need to be online for cyber thieves to steal your information from banks or stores that you do business with.  Last year Target announced that due to a breach in their cyber security, over one billion customer accounts had been compromised! …
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Two People Who Changed the World

Posted July 7, 2017
As we celebrated the 4th of July, people like Washington, Adams, and Jefferson are revered in our nation's history as people who changed the history of our country. Other people like Nero, Hitler, Stalin, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, or Bin Laden are viewed as the worst people who ever ruled. The names mentioned above, either changing the world for the better or the worse, will live based on the change they brought to the world.The degree …
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By Grace, For Christ's Sake, Through Faith

Posted June 30, 2017
The act of justification is not something that we have in ourselves. The act of justification is a declaration God pronounces upon us. Paul writes: "It will be counted to us who believe in Him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord." (Romans 4:25) We do not make ourselves righteous, nor does God make us righteous. Jesus' atoning work on the cross is the justification God used to make us righteous. "By Grace" - Our justification was completely the work of God which was a …
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The Power of the Gospel!

Posted June 9, 2017
Just like spring is a time of new life and summer is a time of growth, our Christian life has seasons of growth and transition. As Christians living in a sinful world sometimes we may encounter challenges to our faith in Jesus. The season of Pentecost offers you an opportunity to allow the Holy Spirit to enable your faith in Jesus Christ to grow despite the challenges that you may face.Paul faced opposition during his ministry. Some …
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What is Pentecost?

Posted June 1, 2017
The Christian Church celebrates Pentecost this weekend. Pentecost is the celebration of Jesus sending His helper, The Holy Spirit. 50 days after Jesus' resurrection was when the first Pentecost took place. This event holds a sacred place in the church year. Like many celebrations, Pentecost is similar to the beginning of the Christian Church as we know it. God's Church is a community of believers or followers around the coming of Christ, the death of …
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Have you thought about what Jesus is doing today?

Posted May 25, 2017
This week the Christian church will celebrate Ascension Day!  We remember the event that happened 40 days after Easter when Jesus ascended bodily into heaven.  So what’s Jesus doing right now?  Paul writes: “Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34) This verse tells us that although Christ’s work to save all people was completed on the …
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He will give you another helper

Posted May 16, 2017
Often, children have a Teddy Bear or some other stuffed toy that they cannot live without. They cling to it when afraid, sick, or upset. Children rely on their "security blanket" for comfort. Some of you may be embarrassed to admit that you had a "security blanket." My "security blanket" was my Mickey Mouse. Mickey was a gift from my parents when they went to Florida. I relied on Mickey for many years. Perhaps, you had a similar stuffed animal or …
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Happy Mother's Day

Posted May 11, 2017
This Sunday we celebrate with one of God's most special gifts...Mom!  Mother's Day is about giving thanks for all of the things that Moms do for us:  Changing diapers, fixing meals and kissing boo boos, not to mention helping with homework, doing laundry, and hugging us when we feel bad.But Mother's Day is much more than just some day to buy mom flowers and get her a card from Hallmark.  Mother's day is an opportunity …
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The Model Shepherd

Posted May 3, 2017
"The Model Shepherd"This weekend is all about Good Shepherd. No, not only about Good Shepherd Elgin. Our worship this weekend is how we, Good Shepherd and all the body of Christ, follows The Good Shepherd.We do, however, know it is not always easy to follow the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. God's WORD works through two ways, through Law and Gospel. His law is what he demands. The natural law of God found in the 10 Commandments outlines two key expectations …
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