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Surviving January: Don’t Worry. Wait.

Surviving January: Don’t Worry. Wait.

January 24, 2021

We could worry about many things as we sit inside and stare out at the snow and cold – jobs, family, nation, world. So why does waiting work better than worry?

Surviving January: Don’t Grumble. Grow.

Surviving January: Don’t Grumble. Grow.

January 17, 2021

Stars shine especially bright in the cold January air. We can, too, if we grow instead of grumble this month.

Surviving January: Don’t Hibernate. Help.

Surviving January: Don’t Hibernate. Help.

January 10, 2021

People weren’t made to hibernate, especially Christians. We were made for action, for being doers of the word, and for helping others – even in January.

New Clothes

New Clothes

January 3, 2021

The turn of the calendar to 2021 doesn’t necessarily change everything for the better. Committing our lives to the Lord in this new year does.

Advent, Week 4: Repeat the Sounding Joy

Advent, Week 4: Repeat the Sounding Joy

December 20, 2020

Advent series: Finding Christmas in the Carols | Mark Miller, speaker
We explore the songs born from our joy that Christ has entered the world as we find Christmas in the carols.

Christmas joy finds its greatest expression in song, but the song we most associate with singing joy at Christmas (Joy to the World) doesn’t mention anything about babies, mangers, Mary, shepherds or wisemen. Isaac Watts didn’t set out to write a Christmas song. He wanted rework the Psalms of David (Ps. 98 here) in light of Jesus. It can be read as much about the second coming as the first. As in all of advent we see in this song the promise (Psalm 98), the fulfillment in Jesus’ birth and the ultimate fulfillment when Christ comes again and all creation is restored. So past, present and future let us sing for joy.

Advent, Week 3: Then Pealed the Bells More Loud and Deep

Advent, Week 3: Then Pealed the Bells More Loud and Deep

December 13, 2020

Advent series: Finding Christmas in the Carols | Mark Miller, speaker
We explore the songs born from our joy that Christ has entered the world as we find Christmas in the carols.

The song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” was written by a worried father during the Civil War. In it he sees the sound of the cannons drowning out the sound of the carols and he despairs. Where is this “peace on earth” the angels promise? But he ends with this affirmation: Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Historians say that many of the traditions we associate with Christmas in America today were born out of the worries, fears, and anxiety of the Civil War and the desire for loved ones to be gathered together at home in peace. The worries, fears, and anxieties of our lives today may drown out the message of the carols but Christ is the Prince of Peace. In Him we find peace.

Advent, Week 2: Hark, How All the Welkin Rings

Advent, Week 2: Hark, How All the Welkin Rings

December 6, 2020

Advent series: Finding Christmas in the Carols | Mark Miller, speaker
We explore the songs born from our joy that Christ has entered the world as we find Christmas in the carols.

The song “Hark! How All the Welkin Rings” (an awful title) was originally put to music from a cantata about the printing press (#boring), but God used these less than stellar things to bring us the carol we know and love today, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." God is always using things of little value or notoriety, ordinary common things (like Mary), to accomplish his purposes. Mary’s song from Luke 1 (The Magnificat) celebrates this theme. Today, God still uses ordinary people like us to glorify Him and accomplish His purposes.

Advent, Week 1: A Thrill of Hope

Advent, Week 1: A Thrill of Hope

November 29, 2020

Advent series: Finding Christmas in the Carols | Mark Miller, speaker
We explore the songs born from our joy that Christ has entered the world as we find Christmas in the carols.

Counting Every Blessing

Counting Every Blessing

November 22, 2020

When we count our blessings at Thanksgiving do we even think of our biggest blessing?

Extra-mile Living

Extra-mile Living

November 15, 2020

Love Your Neighbor series | Mark Miller, lead pastor
We focus on what the call to love is, looking at the power of God’s love and how we accept and live in it.

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