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Something Is Wrong

Posted by Tim McConnell on

On Sunday, we started a new series called I’ve Come to Believe. I hope you received a journal in the mail called “Your Greatest Story” and have already made your first entry telling the story of when you first met with God’s love for you. God loves you.  This...

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Tags: vbs, food drive, eblast, covid-19, crossfire ministries, governor polis, el paso county, first pres lives here

What It Means to Serve

Posted by Tim McConnell on

God is at work, even when you can't see it happening. One of the songs the praise band leads is Way Maker, by the Nigerian musician, Osinachi Kalu. We sing together, "Even when I don't feel it, You're working; Even when I don't see it, You're working; You never stop, never stop working." As sure...

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Tags: eblast, first pres, catholic charities, springs rescue mission, esm, crossfire ministries

Money Freedom

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Free money or money free? What does financial freedom look like? Jesus had a lot to say about money. It wasn't the money He cared about, but its ability to capture our hearts. One shift we need to make to host Revival is to shift from Indebted to Investing, or, you might say from...

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Tags: jesus, revival, survey, investing, joe sangl, eblast, first pres foundation, covid-19, injoy stewardship solutions, financial help + hope

To the Graduates

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Dear Graduating Class of 2020, The day has come. All your hard work is about to reach conclusion. It’s time to graduate. We don’t know exactly what that day is going to look like for you. Every generation faces its own challenges. Yours is to walk proudly through your graduation...

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Tags: revival, seniors, martin luther king jr., eblast, first pres fellows

Ordinary

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Another day. One more step forward. My friends have been saying it feels like Groundhog Day. Not February 2nd, but the movie from 1993 about a weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop and relives the same day over, and over, and over, and over... Could God be doing something extraordinary in...

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Tags: tim keller, redeemer presbyterian, eblast, first pres, light and life for the city, covid-19, revival: five shifts to host revival

A Certain Future

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Who can predict the future? Who knows what tomorrow holds? In the same hour of news this morning I heard predictions ranging from "Things will start getting back to normal next month" to "We will not have large gatherings until December 2021"! On the same news channel! Never has the saying...

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Tags: jesus, easter, revival, life after death, eblast

To Each Day

Posted by Tim McConnell on

To each day its troubles. Every day is a day closer to the end of this global crisis. We have a tendency to borrow trouble from the past (which we cannot change) or the future (which we cannot predict), but Jesus tells us to let each day carry its own weight. Holy Week moves day by day. Palm...

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Tags: good friday, maundy thursday, eblast, first pres, #bringchurchhome1p

First Pres Is Right Here

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Out of sight, out of mind. We tend to forget the things we don't see regularly. After a few weeks, I'm starting to forget what it was like to sit in my favorite sushi restaurant-although we ordered some takeout to help keep it going. What are you missing? It's hard to remember each other after...

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Tags: easter, palm sunday, holy week, eblast, first pres, light and life for the city, covid-19, #bringchurchhome1p

Alone, Not Alone

Posted by Tim McConnell on

We are changing the language. I’ve found myself saying things like, “Isolate yourself, but don’t isolate yourself!” “Stay away from others but don’t be alone.” You’ve heard me say before, solitude can be a gift, but alone is no...

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Tags: eblast, first pres, #bringchurchhome1p, susan wheelan, greater resiliency intervention team

Patrick's Prayer

Posted by Tim McConnell on

Today is St. Patrick’s Day. While we don’t pray to saints in our tradition, we do revere and honor heroes of faith. Patrick is one of those heroes. As a boy, he was captured and enslaved. After escaping as a young man, he gave his life to Christ. When the Lord called him to become a...

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Tags: jesus, kingdom of god, st. patrick, eblast

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