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Light + Life Devotion for November 25

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage /Romans 15:5-13 5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, 6 so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Accept one another, then, just...

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Thank You First Pres Pastors and Staff

Posted by Leigh Ann Looyenga on

A Practice in Gratitude for our Faithful and Loving leaders In the midst of stress upon stress, there are some glimmers of hope. During this season when every week with my kid’s school looks different and I’m living in limbo about what the holidays will look like, I’m grateful...

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Thankful for Wonder

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

In just a few days, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Most of us will give thanks with fewer people around our tables. The day after Thanksgiving our county will move to "red" on the COVID-19 dial, and we will withdraw further physically from those around us. And then on Sunday, we enter Advent, a...

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Light + Life Devotion for November 24

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Questions for Reflection 1.  What stands out to you in today’s passage? 2.  Why does that particular...

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Light + Life Devotion for November 23

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage 2 Thessalonians 1 1 Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and...

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Light + Life Devotion for November 20

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage Zephaniah 3:14-20 14 Sing, Daughter Zion;   shout aloud, Israel!   Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,   Daughter Jerusalem!15 The Lord has taken away your punishment,   he has turned back your enemy.   The Lord, the King...

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Light + Life Devotion for November 19

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage Psalm 77:10-15 10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:   the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;   yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.12 I will consider all your works ...

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Light + Life Devotion for November 18

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage Ephesians 2:13-22 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his...

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Light + Life Devotion for November 17

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage Ephesians 1:1-14 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...

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Soul Training

Posted by Tim McConnell on

"Tune my heart to sing Thy grace." That's the second line to one of the greatest hymns ever sung, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. What I love about that line, and a few other movements in that hymn, is the recognition that we need training. Worship isn't entertainment, and worship isn't just...

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