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Use Your Imagination

Remember Candid Camera? The show used hidden cameras to film ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, such as a florist delivering flowers C.O.D. Sometimes trick props were involved, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show's catchphrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera.”...

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Hijacked

The incident began mid-afternoon on Thanksgiving eve, November 24, 1971, at Portland International Airport in Portland, Oregon. A man carrying a black attaché case approached the flight counter of Northwest Orient Airlines. He purchased a one-way ticket on Flight 305,a 30-minute trip to Seattle, Washington. Once the plane was airborne, the man called to the flight a...

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October Song of the Month

<a href="http://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/album/from-age-to-age" data-mce-href="http://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/album/from-age-to-age">From Age to Age by Sovereign Grace Music</a> Come to church this Sunday.  The worship will be epic.  Literally. According to Merriam Webster, an "epic" is" a long narrative poem in...

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Children's Resources

We have recently added (or are in the process of adding) some books to our Book Nook that we believe are helpful resources.  Since the most valuable and effective children's ministry is what happens in the home, we want to equip parents with the best resources we can find.  If you haven't started a family devotional time yet, these books make it easy to start--al...

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The Christian Life Is a Thinking Life

Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9). This prayer challenges two notions that many American evangelical Christians have about the connection between our intellect and our faith. The first one is the belief that ther...

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September Song of the Month

Our September song-of-the-month is "Complete in Thee."  The hymn text is from the 19th century, while the tune is more recent (but still sounds like a hymn tune.  You can listen to it here. Looking at the chorus, might seem strange to sing the words, "glorified I too shall be."  There is a sense in which only God is worthy of glory, and He does not share th...

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The Supremacy of Christ

A new church started up on the East Coast not too long ago. Using market research and focus groups, this church has designed weekly services that deliberately de-emphasize Jesus Christ. One of the founders of the church said, “The sad fact is the name of Jesus Christ has become for many people exclusionary.” Using Hindu and Zen, intermingled with a few verses f...

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By This, We Know Love

By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.  1 John 3:16 ESV This year, the kids in our Vacation Bible School will learn about a simple message:  God loves us, so we should love each other.   Love is a tricky thing to define.  Many people today seem to think that it means simply accepti...

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There's No Escaping the Conflict

The Bible uses a lot of different word pictures to describe the Christian life. For instance, the Bible compares the Christian life to biological growth. Christian growth is a maturing process, beginning with drinking milk and culminating with eating of meat. We progress through various stages of maturity as Christians, from infancy to becoming young men and ultimately to ...

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June Song of the Month: Let the Nations Be Glad

[1] May God be gracious to us and bless      us and make his face to shine upon us,        Selah[2] that your way may be known on earth,      your saving power among all nations.[3] Let the peoples praise you, O God;     let all the peoples praise you! [4] Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,     ...

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