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Mt. 24:44

Christmas Eve Service 10 am

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Christmas Eve Service 10 am

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—or so the old song goes. Yet we have to admit that it doesn’t always feel that way. We can all rattle off a list of the reasons why we feel a twinge of stress or sadness mixed with happiness or excitement when the carols start playing in every public setting. Hectic schedules, rampant materialism and reminders of personal wounds are just a few of the reasons.

Whether you are the person who is ready to relax and savor the season because you did all your shopping and preparations months ago (not likely) or the person who dreads the busyness, responsibilities or loneliness that steal your joy this time of year (much more likely), the Christmas season offers a unique opportunity to experience God’s love and grace in the midst of real life.

Christmas can still truly give us a taste of the most wonderful time of world history. Jesus—the Messiah, the Savior—came as the light into the darkness and stress and pain of the world—our world. That world then, just like our world now, including our lives, needs the light to illuminate, clarify, guide, and heal. Christ’s coming brings that ultimate light and His peace, joy, and all-consuming love. Those are the true gifts of Christmas. And He is worth celebrating.

Please join us for our Christmas Eve service at 10am.

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Together as Bride – Pastor Matt Ragain

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Our weekly schedule says a lot about us.   It tells us plainly the things we are committed to doing and the things we aren’t committed to doing. Many of us call our schedules our “commitments”.   For many of us we are committed to a job for—at least—40 hours a week. We are committed to our families in the evenings and on weekends. We are committed to our friends when we can put them on our calendars. We are committed to our hobbies and things that give us energy. All these commitments are good. They also tell us who we are. We are what we are committed to.

In the book of Ephesians, Paul talks about the church as being the bride of Christ. This is a powerful image for a number of reasons. Christ, as the groom, has given himself up for the bride (the church) to make her pure and spotless.

It is significant that the church is seen as the bride of Christ, not only because Christ is caring for her, but because she is defined by her commitment to the groom. That’s who the bride is; one who makes a commitment. By definition a bride makes a commitment. When a bride and groom come together to make vows, they are verbalizing their commitment. After the vows, they throw a party because they are celebrating the commitment they just made to each other.

The church is a body of believers, who are committed to God and to each other. That’s what a bride does, she commits. Certainly commitment to God and commitment to each other looks different. But if Jesus is the groom who gave himself up for the bride to make her pure and spotless, than how important is the bride? Extremely. It would be impossible to love God and not love his bride.

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