Thursday, January 19, 2017

Treasure Hunt

NASA is planning to send a mission to an asteroid worth an estimated $10,000 quadrillion. That's $10,000 with fifteen more zeros. Scientists believe the asteroid, roughly the size of Massachusetts, is made completely of metal, perhaps formed from the core of a former planet that blew apart sometime in the past. The metal, primarily iron and nickel, is estimated to be worth this enormous fortune. Just one problem - we currently have no way to get the metal back to Earth. Details, details.....

Paul knew a thing or two about treasure. He came to understand the value of what he had in Christ, a truth that transformed his life, and will transform ours (Philippians 3:7-8).

Join us this Sunday for a treasure hunt like no other!

Thursday, January 12, 2017


“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” - Abraham Lincoln

"The banjo is such a happy instrument--you can't play a sad song on the banjo - it always comes out so cheerful." - Steve Martin

"Because I'm happy." - Pharrell Williams, from the song Happy

"Don't worry; be happy." - Bobby McFerrin from the song of the same name

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family . . . in another city.” - George Burns

Apparently, there are many opinions on where to find happiness, even on what happiness is. Fortunately, the Bible identifies where true joy is found in Philippians 3:1. Join us this Sunday to discover where you can find real happiness.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Christmas Continues

All the decorations are down, there's no more Christmas music, and the stores are full of Valentine and Easter merchandise. By all appearances, Christmas is over. But is it? No.

The Christmas season is over, according to the man-made calendar, but we can (and should) continue all year to rejoice in the fact of what we celebrate. There is STILL Joy to the world, scriptures tell us to rejoice in numerous verses, and we STILL need to go tell it on the (mountain). Let's remember that Emmanuel (meaning God is with us) is true not just in the Christmas season, but every second of every day, all year. What a wonderful truth.

Lemonade, Anyone?

We've all seen the poster - "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." The poster includes a drawing of a man being hit in the head with an avalanche of lemons, but lemonade is pouring out of his nose which is shaped like a faucet.

I get the message, but if it's alright with you, I'm not drinking that lemonade.

Paul's message in Philippians 2:17-18 fortunately makes more sense than turning the difficulties of life into nostril juice. Paul faced his share of challenges in life, but learned the secret of finding joy even in the midst of discouragement.

We can, too. Join us this Sunday to learn this vital truth (I promise, we won't serve lemonade).

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas!

This Sunday, December 25, join with us in a special family time of Christmas celebration and worship. We have altered our normal schedule so that you and your family can have those special Christmas traditions. We have combined all our services and ministries into one special worship service at 10:30 AM. The service will include the singing of favorite Christmas carols, special music, and a Christmas message. The earlier time will allow you and your family to be home in plenty of time for Christmas lunch.

Bring your family and friends to join us for this special celebration of the Savior's birth this Sunday, December 25 at 10:30 AM.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Inner Workings

A few months ago, Marsha and I visited America's only working tea plantation. For a half hour, we took the free tour and learned how tea is made. I returned home with the interesting factoid that green tea, black tea, and regular tea all come from the same plant. The different teas come from the length of time the tea leaves are processed.

Feel free to tell your friends.

Okay, so it's not the most important fact to know, but it is still interesting to see how things are made. Paul invites us into the factory to see how the church works in Philippians 2:12-13. Sunday we will learn the extraordinary truth: it is God working in us.

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

No Debate

As far as I know, my high school did not have a debate team. I suppose our teachers thought we argued enough already. We did, however, have a history teacher who made us have a class debate as part of an assignment. He asked us what we thought about certain issues of the day, and then made us stand in front of the class and argue the case for the opposite side of what we believed. I understood the importance of seeing both sides of an argument, but I always wondered: If both sides are right, what's the point of the debate?

Philippians 2:9-11 describes a day when there will be no debate about the only thing that really matters - Jesus Christ is Lord. Join us this Sunday as we look forward to that extraordinary day.

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