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Personal Testimony: From Grumbling to Gratitude

The following is a good example of God's Word at work in our congregation, and how we should hear the word preached on Sunday morning, encourage one another with its application during a Growth Group, and then personally make use of it. We count it a joy to hear, from our congregation, of those times when God uses His Word to instruct, exhort, and encourage you personally....

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 12:1-8

Carefully Think Read Matthew 12:1-8 How would you sum up this passage in one sentence? How does this passage relate to 11:25-30 (can you see what Jesus was referring to as "labor" and "being heavy laden")? What is the primary problem the Pharisee's had with Jesus' disciples? Why do they bring it up to Jesus and not his disciples? In what ways were the disciples actua...

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Preparing for Sunday - 2 Thessalonians 1:3

Carefully Think Read 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12. Make a list of characteristics you see that describe the spiritual life of the church of the Thessalonians. How often does Paul find himself giving thanks for the Thessalonian church? For what is he most thankful for in this church? How does 1:3 describe their spiritual depth and its progress? How does 1:3 describe their...

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Christian Worship & Christmas Music

This Sunday marks the first Sunday of Advent, and our anticipation, personally and corporately, begins to look forward to our celebration of Christmas. Christmas, more than any other annual celebration in the Christian calendar, has such a rich tradition of corporate and family singing. Singing Christmas carols and hymns can evoke such wonderful memories of our time togeth...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 11:20-30

Carefully Think Read Matthew 11:20-24. How would you sum this section up in one sentence? Read Matthew 11:25-30. How would you sum this section up in one sentence? How do these two sections relate to one another? How do they complement 11:1-19? This is the only occasion in the New Testament that "Chorazin" is mentioned. Find Bethsaida, Tyre, Sidon, Sodom, and Capernau...

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2014 Ministry Plan and Budget

At our quarterly Member's Meeting, November 17, the elders presented the 2014 Ministry Plan and Budget. Included below are the documents that were handed out to those in attendance. The first document is the 2014 Ministry Plan and Budget that will be voted on in a Special Called Member's Meeting following the Morning Gathering on Sunday, December 15. The second document ou...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 11:1-19

Carefully Think Read Matthew 11:1-19. Sum up this passage in one sentence. Why would John the Baptist ask the question about Jesus identity in light of his confession of Christ in John 1 and John 3? How does Jesus answer John's question and why is it significant? What does Jesus tell the crowds about the significance of John and his ministry? How and why can the "l...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 10:40-42

Carefully Think Read Matthew 10:40-42. Sum up this passage in one sentence. In light of the entire passage (10:4-42), who does the "you" refer to in v 40? What does Jesus have in mind when he refers to someone "receiving" you? Why would Jesus link someon's reception of "us" to their reception of him and the Father? What is a prophet and what sort of reward will a p...

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Preparing for Sunday - Matthew 10:34-39

Carefully Think Read Matthew 10:34-39. Sum up the main idea of this passage in one sentence. How does this passage relate to the what has come before it in 10:1-33? What kind of "peace" is Jesus speaking about in this context? How do you know? List the relationships affected by Jesus' coming. Why would he mention these relationships? What is it about relating to Je...

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Preparing for Sunday - Acts 13:1-3

Carefully Think Read Acts 13:1-3. With it being Missions Sunday, consider what this passage indicates about the role of the local church in recognizing and sending missionaries. Read Acts 11:19-30. When and how was the church at Antioch founded and under what kind of circumstances? Who were the primary leaders in the church in Antioch? What do you learn about them? Wh...

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