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Let Light Shine

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Let the light shine on our city. Jesus is the Light of the World. We had a very powerful morning together on Sunday morning for Vision Sunday. If you missed it, I would sure encourage you to watch it online or listen to the podcast. If you watch it, you will get to see the power of a thousand...

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Tags: e-blast, light and life

Dominican Republic Mission Trip and International Mission Update

Posted by Allen Hunter on

Dominican Republic Mission Trip and International Mission Update I want to start by first apologizing for the lack of communication that has surrounded the mission trip to the Dominican Republic for this year. The decision not to return to the DR this year was made in July of 2018, and it...

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A Creative Look at the Cross Journey - Station 2

Posted by Laura Mueller on

A Creative Look at the Cross Journey GTW class Station II: Judas Betrayed Jesus  Peter, James and John fail Jesus during a time of agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Blood seeps from Jesus’ pores, his duress apparent - yet the three disciples fall asleep again and again. And then...

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Tags: cross journey, gtw

In Your Hands

Posted by Tim McConnell on

What a bitter, frozen day it is today! I hope you are inside and warm, able to stay off the roads. I’m glad Colorado is getting this out of the system before our ECO National Gathering next week. One way or another the church will always carry on. How many moments in history threatened...

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Tags: light and life, vision sunday

A New Way of Life

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We began our Light and Life series on Sunday with an embodiment of the truth that Jesus is a Light for all nations, interviewing Pastor Youssef Samir from our partner church Heliopolis Evangelical in Cairo. This week we look at Life. John the Baptist challenged his listeners with "A New Way of...

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Tags: e-blast, light and life

A Creative Look at the Cross Journey - Station 1

Posted by Laura Mueller on

From GTW's A Creative Look at the Cross Journey Class    Station I (Above): Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane I am trying to capture the big Olive tree I remember in the Garden of Gethsemane. -Anon. Afraid to feel, but feel I must. No sacrifice without pain. -Ellen S.   Christ...

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Tags: gtw, cross journey

Light and Life

Posted by Tim McConnell on

The lights are down, the decorations in the box, but we are still figuring out what to do with this year’s Christmas tree! It wasn’t too long ago I was holding a candle on December 24, waiting to sing “Silent Night” and lift the light against the darkness. As we gathered...

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Tags: light and life

Advent Devotional Week 8: Joy to the Future

Posted by John Goodale on

Meditation by John Goodale, Pastor of Care Isaiah 12:1-6 A Scottish pastor named Thomas Chalmers once identified what he considered to be three grand essentials of happiness: something to do, something to love and something to hope for. While the first two qualities occur in the present...

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Tags: advent, advent devotionals 2018, time for joy, worship

New Year... Old Joy!

Posted by Tom Pipkin on

Yesterday, we took down our Christmas tree. It's always kind of a bittersweet time for me to take down the tree and put away the decorations. The luster and glitter of the holiday season is packed away for another year; the furniture is placed back in the usual locations; the Christmas mugs in...

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Tags: e-blast, time for joy