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Thankful for Wonder

Posted by Jennifer Holz on

In just a few days, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. Most of us will give thanks with fewer people around our tables. The day after Thanksgiving our county will move to "red" on the COVID-19 dial, and we will withdraw further physically from those around us. And then on Sunday, we enter Advent, a...

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Soul Training

Posted by Tim McConnell on

"Tune my heart to sing Thy grace." That's the second line to one of the greatest hymns ever sung, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. What I love about that line, and a few other movements in that hymn, is the recognition that we need training. Worship isn't entertainment, and worship isn't just...

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Celebrating Service

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. Did you know that nearly one out of five citizens of Colorado Springs is in the Armed Forces, a veteran who served or a family member of a veteran? Our city is full of brave men and women who have mounted up personal sacrifice and risk to keep our nation safe and free...

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God's Love Is Steadfast

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Today is election day in our nation. A friend recently handed me a copy of a small book written by Leland Feitz and Jean Strang called A Century of Service. It's a compiled history of First Pres covering the first 100 years of ministry. I look at it today and marvel. How many U. S. Presidents...

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Give Thanks

Posted by Tim McConnell on

As October comes to a close, we turn the page into a new sermon series, Give Thanks. Even in times of challenge and disappointment (in fact, especially in times of challenge and disappointment) it is critical for the Christian to find the root of gratitude. What do you have to give thanks for...

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How I Wish

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Everyone is talking about it: COVID fatigue! Oh, how I wish this were over and done. How I wish we could return to normal and forget the danger lurking in the air. Numbers of cases have been creeping back up, and my heart just wants to look the other direction. Praise God the survivability is...

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A Cathedral of Astonishment

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We only have two weeks left to talk about The Beautiful Story. I hope we are all learning a little bit of new language to tell the rich story of God's love, the "ordo salutis" or mystery of salvation, the redemptive history, God's great and everlasting engagement with the world He made and the...

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Normal

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Yesterday we held a Men’s Golf Outing with 64 First Pres guys out there on the links. A big thank you to Bret Kort for pulling it off once again. Michael Thornton and I greeted the players saying, “What a joy it is to do something today that feels just a little bit normal!&rdquo...

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This Sunday: The Cross

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Something ugly sits at the middle of The Beautiful Story. It is the cross. One of my favorites, Eugene Peterson, talks about the crucifixion this way:  "This story of Jesus's passion-his suffering and crucifixion-is the most powerful piece of writing in the world. It has embedded itself in...

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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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