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Need a New Year’s Resolution? Try Just One Word.

At the end of each year, the English Oxford Dictionary picks a “word of the year.” This is usually a new word, but can also be an old word that has made a comeback or taken on some sort of new meaning. In both cases, the word has cultural significance; it is symbolic...

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Celebrating Jesus’ Birth & Beyond

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  Beyond that, we celebrate Jesus' life, too,  and eventual death and resurrection. Jesus’ birth isn't just the beginning of his life, but the beginning of God’s miraculous plan to save all of humanity. That moment...

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Peace in Darkness

Last Sunday, Pastor John Jacobs taught an awesome sermon on peace. He grabbed our attention with hilarious stories, told us that it’s time to “peace out, homies,” and sang a capella to a Spice Girls song. It was quite a Sunday morning! Despite all of these things,...

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Distracted at Christmas?

By: Brian Pachinger, Pastor of Student Ministries As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was...

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Why Christmas Serve?

There must be something in the air around Christmas time because everybody seems to want to be more generous. Something shifts and we start to care just a little bit more about each other. We volunteer at soup kitchens and holiday meal events, we buy food for people...

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Surprise! Christmas is in December This Year!

By: Greg Deckerd Not surprised? Good. That means you have planned for, shopped for and purchased all of your gifts this season already! Hooray for you! No? Also, good. We can take a minute before you do all of that to figure out what good stewardship during the...

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A New Perspective on Unity

We’ve all noticed it. There’s some serious tension going on in this country right now. There’s racial, political, and social unrest and it seems we’ve forgotten how to learn from each other and how to love each other. Or perhaps we never really knew how. So, how do we...

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The Trouble With Black Friday

Thanksgiving season is a bit of a paradox in American culture. On Thursday, we’re thankful for everything we have. On Friday, we head out to fight people for the best deals on more stuff, often stuff we don’t actually need. America is culture of materialism, a culture...

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Advent Calendar

How to Use This Advent Calendar Advent means “coming.” For centuries, the church has celebrated the weeks leading up to Christmas as a time to reflect on and anticipate the coming of Christ into our world. These readings will help you in that process. Set aside a...

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A Night of Worship to Remember!

On Sunday, November 20th, we held our annual Night of Worship and Thanksgiving. This year though, the night also served as the Grand Re-opening of the Auditorium and CrossRoads at our Elyria campus (it's been under renovation), so the excitement level was extra...

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