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The Bible is full of examples of keeping traditions from one generation to the next; from Passover in Exodus, Deuteronomy’s Feasts, to the taking of Communion in the Gospels. In all, the goal is always to join as community, remember God’s goodness, and celebrate God’s faithfulness. As modern believers, the importance rhythms of remembrance still […]

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Why Membership?

Today, it is so easy to become a member of anything: Netflix, 24-Hour Fitness or even a political party. In the membership-happy mess of this world, it may seem that becoming a church member is simply adding another subscription to your life, another form to check “yes” on, another monthly service to receive. However, the […]

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On Weddings and Boundaries

On Weddings and Boundaries

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing an old event from when we were engaged.  It taught us a significant lesson about boundaries. Back then, Don had a long-time girlfriend who offered to sing at our wedding.  Don immediately thought it was a good idea (yes, he was that clueless), and I, Alex, being a […]

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Peer Counseling

Getting Help in a Time of Need

Sometimes we just need someone to talk to, a listening ear and a dose of wisdom to help sort out the challenges of life. For many, the expense of professional counseling can seem like a burden and can prevent us from getting help. At EvFree, we’ve solved that problem. EvFree’s Peer Counseling program is a […]

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Work As Worship Retreat

Learning to Worship at Work

Buzz goes the stubbornly consistent alarm clock. Five times each work week, with merciful snooze button extensions not included, that sonic interruption of snoozing awakens us at least 20 times a month, and 250 times in a typical year to launch us into our work day. From that moment on, we all have the choice […]

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We Send Our Best!

I want instant results. I like fast food. I take nonstop flights. I drive a fast car. But not all things can happen quickly. Some good things take time – lots of time. Growing and launching effective missionaries is one of those long-simmering processes. This year our church is sending out ten new missionary units. […]

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Let it Rain!

I love the freshness—the newness—rain brings, especially in a drought-stricken state. I love the rain-purified air, the washed-clean landscape and the new greenery that springs forth.  So I’ve been praying for rain in our church. Not a leak in the roof but a supernatural downpour inside our church body. I’ve prayed we would be refreshed […]

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God at Work in Christmas BLVD and The Walk

Christmas BLVD and The Walk Through Bethlehem are wonderful gifts that our church gives to our community. It was exciting to see 40% more people come this year! We had over 21,000 people come to Christmas BLVD and 9,194 join us in The Walk. Send me your story about this exciting ministry. How did God […]

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Aiming to Live Like Christ

I don’t know about you but this has been a whirlwind of a year. We are just on the heels of an amazing weekend of Christmas Blvd, where thousands heard the incredible story of Jesus. So much has taken place this year and if you will recall, God provided a wonderful gifted teacher and shepherd […]

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Celebrating God’s Gift to the World

The reason for hosting Christmas Blvd and the Walk Through Bethlehem is simple. We want the community to experience the birth of Jesus, the Light of the world. We are a church that loves our community. Over 21,000 people came this year, up from 15,000 last year. 9,194 people heard a fresh and creative presentation […]

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