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The titles we receive in life matter. When we are born, we are given a name. That name gets us through the first five years, and then we receive our first title: Vaughn Weatherford, Kindergartner. The titles just keep coming: elementary school graduate, middle school student council vice president, registered voter and more. Looking back, those titles represent significant milestones in life. Who knew one day I would be invited to become Vaughn Weatherford, AARP member (I have the letter to prove it).

Deuteronomy 7:6 describes some extraordinary titles we share as God’s people: chosen people; God’s treasured possession. Join us this Sunday as we discover the meaning behind these exciting titles for every believer.

Remember

Remember

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We all have those little things we do to make sure we remember something. The post it note on the bathroom mirror. The red star on the calendar. The alarm set on our smart phone. The post it note on the mirror reminding us to look at the red star on the calendar when our smart phone alarm goes off.

We realize how important it is to remember because we know what happened the last time we forgot. You didn’t make it to the doctor’s appointment. You forgot the anniversary gift. You realized you might need a doctor’s appointment if you ever forget the anniversary gift again.

So we do everything we can to remember. In Deuteronomy 6:10-12, Moses reminds the people of Israel to remember what God has done. Join us this week as we discover ways to remember God’s work in our lives.

See you Sunday!

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Sunset

Sunset

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It’s hard to beat a sunset. There are some places that might be more spectacular (who wouldn’t want to be on the beach in Hawaii or in a mountain cabin in Colorado), but my back porch is not too shabby. Looking up at the colors splashed across the clouds as the sun sets over the trees, it’s nearly impossible not to sit back and think, “Wow!”

Genesis 1:28-31 records God’s “wow” as he surveys his creative work and expresses that it is good. This week we will take some time to understand why, and how that understanding changes our perspective on everything.

See you Sunday!

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Spitting Image

Spitting Image

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No one knows for sure where the curious phrase “spitting image” originated. We know what it means, typically used to describe how a child looks very much like a parent or relative. The good folks at Merriam Webster have made a few educated guesses at the derivation of the idiom:

  • Possibly a reference to how a child looks so similar to a parent they could have been said to have been “spit out of their mouth.”
  • In the early 19th century, the term “spitten” was sometimes used to describe a perfect likeness.
  • The phrase “spit and image” sometimes appears in 19th century literature to describe similarities.

Somehow, the phrase eventually became the “spitting image” we hear used today. Genesis 1:27 records the extraordinary statement that God created us in His image. Join us this Sunday as we discover the deep and powerful meaning behind this important reality.

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Powerful Words

Powerful Words

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My middle school assistant principal was a man of few words. He was a veteran of World War II, and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. To say he was tough would be like describing granite as a slightly hard rock. This was one tough guy. He actually was nice when you got to know him, but most of us were far to overwhelmed by his tough guy persona. He was the only man I’ve ever seen who could quiet an entire middle school lunch room simply by standing up and saying, “Settle down!” We did. No one wanted to cross Mr. Beauford.

Genesis 1 is a chapter of few words, and yet those words carry amazing power. Join us this week as we explore the creative power of the words of God in Genesis 1:2.

See you Sunday!

Start Here

Start Here

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Board games have different names for the place where the game begins. Monopoly has the “Go” square. In Candy Land, you start in the Gingerbread plumb trees. In Clue, Colonel Mustard, Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet and all their friends have their own starting square. Most games simply have a square marked “Start.” That’s a pretty good indication of where the game begins.

The Bible starts in a really good place: In the beginning. This week, we take a look at the importance of that familiar first verse in the Bible, Genesis 1:1.

See you Sunday!

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New Year

New Year

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It’s almost 2018. In just a few days, we turn the calendar page to a new year. What will the future hold? Only the Lord knows, but the good news for us is that He will be there for every celebration, every heartache, every tear and every joy. Jeremiah’s prophecy did not seem to foretell a bright future for the nation of Israel, but that would miss the point. This week, we will see how, whatever the future brings, God will be with His people (Jeremiah 30:1-3).

See you Sunday!

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Christmas Eve

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This Sunday is Christmas Eve. We are combining all of our regular Sunday services and ministries into one celebration at 11:00. Join us for the beautiful music and a special observance of the Lord’s Supper by candlelight as we commemorate the reason the baby came to the manger that first Christmas morning.

Come celebrate the Savior with us this Sunday!

Don’t Forget the Background

Don’t Forget the Background

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Christmas is just around the corner, which means it’s time for the annual family Christmas photo. These keepsakes are made around the Christmas tree, out on the porch, in the backyard, or wherever all the family can crowd into one place. Photographers will tell you not to forget the composition of the photo. In other words, not only is it important to get the whole family in the photo, but be sure the background of the photo looks right. There is nothing like having the perfect photo of the family at the park with a port-a-potty in the background.

The background matters. In most nativity scenes, Mary and Joseph are somewhere in the background. Mary is usually kneeling at the manger while Joseph stands dutifully behind her. This week, we take a look at their part in the story, learning how God can do amazing things through the faithfulness of his people (Matthew 1; Luke 1).

See you Sunday!

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First to Tell

First to Tell

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Everyone likes a good joke, but most people don’t like to hear a joke they have already heard. We know that, so the instant we hear a new joke, we want to be the first one to tell it to our friends and family. With the internet, that’s becoming harder to do. Usually by the time I tell my family a joke, it’s already been tweeted 2 million times, illustrated on Instagram, and emailed around the world. If I started with “stop me if you’ve heard this one,” I would never be able to tell another joke.

The shepherds were the first to share something far more significant than a good laugh. This week we follow their fascinating journey from the field to the manger to the neighborhood with an extraordinary message: the Savior has come! (Luke 2:8-18)

See you Sunday!

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