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The Turning of Another Year

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

Tonight, we celebrate the turning of another year. The old has gone; the new has come. What remains steadfast and sure, however, is where our hope is found: Jesus is our hope. This week, we say goodbye to our stone manger, but the truth of the season carries forward: On Christ the solid rock I...

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Keep the Feast

Posted by Tim McConnell on

The Great Feast approaches. I hope you have saved some room. Christmas is on the way. The Great Feast. The Mother of All Feasts! Why do I say that? Because like the source of a river, if Christmas never happened, neither would any of the other things we celebrate. Without the birth, there would...

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God Is in the Manger

Posted by Tim McConnell on

In December of 1943, pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was preparing to spend Christmas alone and separated from his family and friends. He was a prisoner in Nazi Germany awaiting trial for his participation in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He was tempted to lose hope. He wrote to his...

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Finding Hope One Christmas Eve

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Written by Paul J. Batura Editor's Note The church has always been a place for those who are hurting or lost to meet Christ. That’s part of the vision for First Pres now, but it’s who we’ve always been. Often those who are lost feel the pull to the church even...

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The Solid Rock

Posted by Tim McConnell on

“Why is there a rock formation in the middle of my church?” I remember it was just about a year ago we were asking, “Why is there a tractor in the middle of my church?” Because it’s Christmas! Of course there’s a rock formation in the middle of the...

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