Live for the Line, not the Dot

This weekend, we continued in our teaching series called Margin.  Last week, we examined how to carve out, create margin in our busy schedules.  This week, we examined how to begin to create margin when it comes to our finances.  Looking at Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6, we saw that...

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Breaking Out of Busyness

“My life is just really busy right now!” This has been a comment I’ve heard many in our FCC family over the last month.  Its what prompted me to decide to take a break from our BE AMAZED series for a few weeks so that, together, we could look for...

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Good Friday

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t seem to shake the guilt. . . My family and I were driving home from Indiana after spending a few days visiting relatives.  We also had gone to Turkey Run State Park to hike and just reconnect with God, each other, and created world. I...

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Bearing Beautiful Fruit

This week, in our Sunday teaching time, we studied Luke 6. 43-45 in which Jesus describes the kind of people who would be able to truly live out His teachings (stand with the poor/outcast, love their enemies, show mercy and forgiveness instead of judgment) and be healthy, mature human beings. ...

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Gay Marriage in Illinois

Over the last few weeks, my email inbox has been flooded with messages from organizations, groups, and even local pastors concerning the debate going on in Springfield over the issue of gay marriage.  Many of them have taken ‘the sky is falling, country going to hell in a hand basket,...

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What if. . . ?

This Sunday, we were blessed to have Pastor Abel and his family share some time with us during the worship service.  As our faith community continues to pray and seek God’s direction about a future partnership with Elohim Church, I encouraged us to allow our past and our future to...

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The Disarming Love of Jesus

This week, we again allowed Jesus to mess with our ‘normal’ way of doing life.  In Luke 6: 27-36 Jesus says that when His followers, His Kingdom people are wronged in some way, instead of violently lashing back or slinking away (Flight or Flight) they are to demonstrate a new...

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The Healing Faith of Friends

This week, in our teaching time, we examined the story of a group of friends who brought someone they cared deeply about to Jesus so that he might be healed.  Jesus commends them for their faith.  Faith, we discovered, is so much more than believing the right ‘facts, doctrines’ ABOUT Jesus. ...

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A Kingdom for Outsiders

This past weekend, we examined Jesus’ inaugurational message to His hometown of Nazareth.  Quoting the words of the prophet Isaiah, Jesus laid out the agenda for this new Kingdom that was being ushered in through His work and ministry.  It would be a Kingdom where the poor receive good news,...

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Christmas Songs

This past weekend, we examined the songs of Mary and Zechariah.  Even though they came at their understanding of God’s purposes (and their place in it) on two different tracks, their songs nevertheless reflect a common refrain.  They speak of a God, who is rich in mercy, reaching down to the least,...

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