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A Beautiful World

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Happy Birthday to First Pres! We are 148 and rushing into our 149th year in strength-or, at least, pressing forward with determined persistence! Even in 2020 with all the challenge this year brings, we celebrate. What an honor it is to be part of the great story of this one local church. Our...

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Light + Life Devotion for August 18

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage John 2:21–24 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken. 23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Festival...

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Light + Life Devotion for August 17

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation—   whom shall I fear?   The Lord is the stronghold of my life—   of whom shall I be afraid?2 When the wicked advance against me   to devour me,   it is my enemies and my...

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Light + Life Devotion for August 14

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Satisfied in the Spirit Lead Pastor Tim McConnell Today's Passage Galatians 5:19–26 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and...

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Light + Life Devotion for August 13

Posted by Eunice McGarrahan on

Use God's Grace Junior McGarrahan, Pastor for Adult Education Today's Passage Galatians 5:13–18 13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in...

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Light + Life Devotion for August 12

Posted by Greg Hartnett on

Joy In Our Limits Greg Hartnett, Director of Evangelism and Young Adults Today's Passage Psalm 119:41–56 41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,   your salvation, according to your promise;42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me,   for I trust in your...

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The Beautiful Story

Posted by Tim McConnell on

In the year 2020, can you find beauty? This week we start our fall series together, The Beautiful Story. Fyodor Dostoevsky said, “Beauty will save the world.” What he meant was that beauty has a power other forces don’t have. Beauty has the ability to stop us in our...

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Light + Life Devotion for August 11

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Bound in the Law of Love Michael Thornton, Pastor of Discipleship Today's Passage Galatians 5:7–12 7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works...

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Light + Life Devotion for August 10

Posted by Matt Holtzman on

Free In Christ Matt Holtzman, Minister of Care and Worship Today's Passage Galatians 5:1–6 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let...

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Light + Life Devotion for August 7

Posted by Tim McConnell on

What's Greater Than Prosperity? Lead Pastor Tim McConnell Today's Passage Matthew 9:1–8 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart...

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