2012 Annual Meeting Message

This is the 7th annual meeting message I have given, and as I look back at the messages from previous years, Proverbs 16:9 comes to mind: “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Over these years we have made a lot of plans, as

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Voting Items for Thursday’s Annual Meeting

The New Testament is intentionally vague about the precise details of how decisions should be made in the church. What it does teach is that local congregations should be led by a group of elders and the whole congregation should be involved in some decisions, such as church discipline. In

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Receiving Grace and Doing Right

Our study in the Sermon on the Mount unearths one of the most significant questions of Christianity: what is the relationship between God’s gifts and our good works? Does God give good things to us because we do good works? Do we do good works because God gives us good

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Aaron’s Announcement from Sunday

On Sunday morning Aaron Dotterer, who has served our body faithfully for seven years, shared the following announcement with grace, gravity, courage, and a deep trust in our God. Afterwards the elders prayed over him and encouraged the congregation to continue to pray for Aaron as he pursues God’s next

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The Hard Path to Deeper Joy

During my university years God led me through a season in his word that opened my eyes to the pure joy and satisfaction of being in his presence. “In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). “How precious is your steadfast

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Seeking God through Prayer and Fasting in 2012

With each new year comes new possibilities of fresh encounters with God, deeper relationships with one another, and meaningful ministry to our neighbors. On the one hand, this never happens on accident, without intentionality. On the other hand, we cannot force such relational growth. It is God’s Spirit using God’s

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