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Ways to Keep Growing

Posted by Tim McConnell on

I still remember how excited I was on January 25th this year. About 500 of us gathered in the sanctuary to hear The First Pres Way: 7 Values in Our Pursuit of Jesus. Who knew what we were headed into for the rest of the year? But we had a great set of navigational tools to keep us moving...

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Light + Life Devotion for July 20

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Lessons From a Life of Leadership Michael Thornton, Pastor of Discipleship Today's Passage Joshua23:1–8 After a long time had passed and the Lord had given Israel rest from all their enemies around them, Joshua, by then a very old man, 2 summoned all Israel—their elders...

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Light + Life Devotion for July 17

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Idols Promise But Don't Deliver Lead Pastor Tim McConnell Today's Passage 1 Corinthians 10:13–17 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also...

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Light + Life Devotion for July 16

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Not What I Wanted to Hear Nathan Richards, Director of Family Ministries Today's Passage James 1:2–4 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance...

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Light + Life Devotion for July 15

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Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People? Greg Hartnett, Director of Evangelism and Young Adults Today's Passage Psalm 37 1 Do not fret because of those who are evil   or be envious of those who do wrong;2 for like the grass they will soon wither,   like green plants...

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Light + Life Devotion for July 14

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Strength to Lean Forward Matt Holtzman, Minister of Care and Worship Today's Passage Hebrews 10:32–39 32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and...

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Imperishable Seed

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Vacation Bible School week is one of my very favorite weeks of the church year. There is nothing to match the energy and vitality of hundreds of kids running around the church with the freedom to be kids, met by a church body that wants to get down on its knee to meet them eye to eye with the...

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Light + Life Devotion for July 13

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Strengthened With His Power John Goodale, Pastor of Caring Ministries Today's Passage Colossians 1:9–14 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom...

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Light + Life Devotion for July 10

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Nearer Than We Were Yesterday Lead Pastor Tim McConnell Today's Passage Romans 13:11–14 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.12 The night is...

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Light + Life Devotion for July 9

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Our Commission Pastor Michael Thornton Today's Passage Romans 12:9–16 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the...

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