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Joyful Spirits Linger from VBS 2017

by Tony Tench We have had a terrific week at Vacation Bible Study during which we have celebrated the Scripture’s teaching of God’s creativity at work in our lives.  As is our tradition, our youth are trained to be helpers during VBS and they serve well with the children.  Then, after VBS is over each night, there’s a youth fellowship of some kind — make your own pizza and games,  pool party, movie night in […]

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A Big Salt Shaker

By Tina B. Still Tonight our Sunday school class volunteered to serve dinner at the men’s homeless shelter in Shelby. This simple experience is a humbling and especially rewarding mission.  Over the past five weeks, author, Max Lucado has led our class through the first five verses of the 23rd Psalm.  How appropriate that our lesson today focused on Psalm 23:5—“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”  We discussed at length what […]

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Black Swan Event — Have You Had One?

By John Crosland I am currently reading a book titled The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb. Mr. Taleb was previously a “quant,” an individual who created algorithms for high speed trading for investment banks on Wall Street. His real interests and strengths were in ascertaining the risks that were unforeseen. (This is not unlike being aware that the real dangers are in the things you do not know exist as opposed to the dangers you […]

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Whose Voice is It, Anyway?

By Carol Ann Forgas God gives every single one of us a very specific talent – one that, I believe, should be used to return praises to Him – so that all may hear and learn of Him.  I have said many times that my voice is just a voice on loan. I wish I could say I have always understood this but it was only when studying the Bible – specifically Colossians 3:16 — […]

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Yes, Jesus Knows Me!

By Lauren Wortman I must admit, I used to think of Jesus as an alien.  Come on, Jesus does some weird things. Like that time he killed the fig tree to make a point about having faith, or when he cried at the death of a friend only to turn around and bring him back to life. I heard these stories about Jesus, and it seemed to me that he was trying his best to […]

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Striking Appearance: An Epiphany Sunday Sermon

Missing Our Worship Together Today (Jan. 8, 17)! Stay Warm and Safe. Here’s a synopsis of what would have been today’s sermon! “Striking Appearance” 2 Timothy 1:6-10 Today is Epiphany Sunday on the Christian Calendar. The Gospel of Matthew records the scenes of the Magi’s journey following the star that “appeared” (that’s what “epiphany” means) to lead them to the newborn Jesus. ● The “appearing” of the star, which led the Wise Men to witness […]

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Hovering Above 2017

Holy Spirit     With your wind, stir my soul     With your words, order my day     With your wings, gather me in And I will be grateful I will be glad Amen — Jack Levison, 40 Days with the Holy Spirit As the New Year 2017 is about to dawn, I hope you have identified a Bible reading and reflection plan that will encourage your steps into the new year.  One […]

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J.O.Y. to Your World!

By  Dr. Sophia Steibel Joy is a word we hear a lot during the Advent season. Joy is associated with the story and spirit of Christmas. We often anticipate this time of the year with great expectations. For me this word took on a new meaning about six years ago when I joined a group of ladies in Sunday School at First Baptist Church of Shelby, a class named J.O.Y. Intrigued by the acronym, I […]

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