November-January MESSENGER newsletter

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The Messenger  Thoughts & Inspiration  When something bad happens, you have 3-choices:  you can either let it define you; let it destroy you; or, you can let it strengthen you! *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  * As the beautiful leaves begin to fall and we start to prepare ourselves for the busy… Read more »

August-October 2017 MESSENGER newsletter

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  The Messenger               Thoughts & Inspiration   Families are like branches on a tree— we grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  * Bible School is finished, Music Sunday has come and gone, and August is right around the corner!  Enjoy… Read more »

Being One in Christ

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FPC Sermon May 28, 2017                                John 17: 1-11   In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus has just told his disciples that he will be going back to his Father and that they are going to be persecuted in his name. He has also told them, however, that the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, who will be… Read more »

God’s Wisdom

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FPC Sermon May 21, 2017                              Ephesians 1: 15-23 Ephesus, a coastal city near present-day Izmir, Turkey, founded around the 10th century BC.  It reached the height of its power under the Roman Empire but not without considerable trauma.  Ephesus came under the rule of Mithridates, the king of Pontus in 88 BC.   Ephesians welcomed him… Read more »

The Messenger May 2017-July 2017

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  Thoughts & Inspiration  Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.  (Unknown) * *  *  *  *  *  *  *  * Spring and the warm summer season is… Read more »

Resurrection Love

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FPC Sermon April 16, 2017          Matthew 28: 1-10 On this wonderful Easter Day, when our youth led worship this morning – wasn’t it great? – we had breakfast together, and now we join together for another service to celebrate the amazing resurrection of our Lord. We’re not alone in this. Christians around the world –… Read more »

Hopes and Expectations Matthew 21: 1-11

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FPC Sermon April 9, 2017 Imagine the excitement of that day long ago!   Jesus is approaching Jerusalem.  It’s the time of the most special celebration of the year:  Passover.   Passover – that day when God sent the plague over Egypt but saved the faithful from destruction.  It’s the foundation narrative of the Hebrew people –… Read more »

Jesus Wept

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FPC Sermon April 2, 2017      John 11: 1-45 These past days have brought many tales of grief around our country and around the world. Four people died in a fire at a run-down apartment building in Oakland, California on March 27.   Others died in bus crashes. Last Sunday, one person died and 15 others were… Read more »

Come to the Water!

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FPC Sermon March 19, 2017       John 4: 5-42 This past week, nearly 600 Presbyterians gathered in Kansas City for the national gathering of NEXT Church. NEXT church, as its mission statement notes, is “a network of leaders – church members, ruling elders, youth leaders, educators, pastors, seminarians and professors – across the Presbyterian Church (USA)… Read more »

Law vs. Faith?

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FPC Sermon March 12, 2017 Lots of people think of Lent as a time for giving things up. For some, it means eating different food.  For others, it means setting aside the luxuries of life, that is, if they have those luxuries to begin with.  I’ve received messages from friends, mostly fellow pastors, who say… Read more »