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Light + Life Devotion for September 23

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage Proverbs 6 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,   if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,2 you have been trapped by what you said,   ensnared by the words of your mouth.3 So do this, my son, to free yourself,   since...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 22

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Today's Passage Matthew 1:18–25 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and...

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The Savior Arrives

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We are telling The Beautiful Story. There are plenty of ugly stories out there, but this is The Beautiful Story—of God and the world and the love He has for us. A beautiful God who lives as the perfect, eternal, loving community of the Trinity created a beautiful world, not out of need or...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 21

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Today's Passage Psalm 20 1 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;   may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.2 May he send you help from the sanctuary   and grant you support from Zion.3 May he remember all your sacrifices   and accept your burnt...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 18

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Today's Passage 1 John 4:7–10 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 17

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Today's Passage Luke 15:11–32 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 16

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Today's Passage Proverbs 5 My son, pay attention to my wisdom,   turn your ear to my words of insight,2 that you may maintain discretion   and your lips may preserve knowledge.3 For the lips of the adulterous woman drip honey,   and her speech is smoother than...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 15

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Today's Passage Psalm 107:1–9 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;   his love endures forever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—   those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,3 those he gathered from the lands,   from east and...

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Now In Phase Three

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Welcome here! We have entered Phase Three in our journey through the COVID-19 pandemic. Exactly six months after closing the doors in response and cooperation with state and local governments, we have been able to open the doors for in-person worship. Knowing that the vast majority of us are...

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Light + Life Devotion for September 14

Posted by Michael Thornton on

Today's Passage Exodus 34:6–7 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not...

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