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Vision Weekend

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Vision Weekend 2020 is around the corner, and this place is buzzing! Hundreds have registered already. If you haven't yet, please take a minute to reserve your spot and guarantee a lunch and a few gifts. Click here to register >> We are ready to walk through The First Pres Way: 7 Values...

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Tags: eblast, first pres, vision weekend

Good Job

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We started a new series on Sunday morning. Good Job: Your Work Matters. Whether you are currently in a paid position, retired, committed to parenting, a student, or otherwise devoting your time and energy each week to some end, God cares about your work. Your work matters to God, and your...

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Tags: tim keller, good job

New Year's News

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Welcome to 2020! As we kick off the New Year, I want to take this opportunity to share a number of items to catch you up with all God is doing around First Pres. Life SafetyOur hearts go out to the community in White Settlement, Texas, after the tragic church shooting on December 29. Almost...

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Tags: ordination, vision weekend, e-blast, gtw, life safety, linda boyles, good job

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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Tags: eblast, my hope is built, christmas at first pres

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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Tags: e-blast, my hope is built

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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Tags: solid rock, e-blast, my hope is built, christmas at first pres

Make Something Beautiful

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Are you creative? You might not think so, but God says you are. You were made in the image of a Creator, and you have something creative in you. A recent article in Christianity Today was entitled “Creativity Isn’t Just for Creatives.” Artists and songwriters and storytellers...

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Tags: steadfast, andy crouch, e-blast

On the Rock

Posted by Tim McConnell on

How do we remain Steadfast in Jesus when the world around us is slipping away? We are learning a lot from 2 Thessalonians. “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and...

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Tags: steadfast, e-blast

No More Fear

Posted by Tim McConnell on

It was so encouraging to have Don Everts with us this last weekend. If you were in the Christian Life Conference you were even more inspired. Don talked about getting into spiritual conversations. We are more reluctant than we need to be. Barna research revealed that only 25 percent of...

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Tags: e-blast, christian life conference, don everts, barna research

Seeds of the Kingdom

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Just before the snow storms hit, we did enjoy a beautiful Sunday of worship. At the close of the Humanize Me series, we took a minute to offer ourselves to the Lord in prayer, recommitting our lives to the Friend of Sinners. I pray in that moment, some gave their lives to Christ for...

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Tags: e-blast, humanize me, generosity uncontained

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