Wilderness to Resurrection

- By Nathan Esser -

Jesus encounters temptation in the wilderness.  Aware of the physical and spiritual intensity that Jesus endures, the devil offers Jesus a swift remedy.  In exchange for his allegiance, the wilderness journey would end; his longing would be satisfied and he wouldn’t have to endure anymore suffering.

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A Reflection of Mark 1:13

- By Nathan Esser -

I often think that Jesus was tempted to turn his back on his own belovedness.  I imagine him spending those forty hard and lonely days struggling with the voice he heard at his baptism, telling him that he was chosen and loved.

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Anticipation

- By Nathan Esser -

These words reverberate the message shared by Isaiah 43.  In every season of life, there is a new thing that God is doing, if we will open our hearts and spirits to its unfolding.

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Immanuel - God with Us

- By Rev. Pat Hammond - 

Because our God is a “with us” God. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas we celebrate the birth of Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” This is the good news we carry with us as we walk through this life – God is with us!

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A Story of German Heritage

- By Jennifer Noble - 

A small Swastika on the cover of “Secrets She Kept,” along with details on the back describing this story as “crying out to be told,” made the title by Cathy Gohlke one I wanted to read and explore as part of the Presbyterian Readers’ selections for the year.

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This Advent Season

- By Rev. Pat Hammond - 

The word “advent” means “coming” or “arrival” and so during this season of Advent we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and we watch with expectant hope for his coming again.

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Arrival

- By Nathan Esser -

If we are intentional to seek Jesus throughout this season, we will discover a new dimension to our lives and faith – and all the more as we share in this commitment together!

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You are Loved

- By Nathan Esser -

Following Thanksgiving it doesn't seem to take very long for the arrival of Christmas morning.  As a child, I spent most Thanksgivings and a good chunk of Christmas vacation with my Mom's side of the family at my Grandparent's farm. I always cherished the time I spent on the farm. 

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Making Family Movie Nights More Meaningful

The Santa Clause is a series of comedy films starring Tim Allen is their go-to for the silliness of the season. Finding they usually land their course on network TV, it makes this annual experience something to look forward to every year.  With three siblings, they each have their own Santa mug to fill with cocoa and relax together. Small says, “In today’s world, having everyone together like that is a big deal.”  It makes family nights meaningful and creates lasting memories.

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You Are What You Love

- By Rev. Pat Hammond - 

These cultural liturgies tell us that we don’t really need God—we’ve got this. And when this happens God is pushed to the margins of our life and we become the center of our world. It really does become all about me.

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Sculpting a Vision of Servant Leadership

- By Nathan Esser -

In short, the plan describes the “what” and the ministry teams describe the “how.” The overall strategic plan is wrapped with a church-wide emphasis on servant leadership. 

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