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    Signs of Spiritual Growth

    This week will bring us to the end of our Lenten journey, as we gather on Thursday to remember the night when Jesus celebrated Passover with his friends and forever transformed it by lifting bread to say, “This is my body, given for you;” by lifting wine and saying “This

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    Imitating God – Generosity……….

    I am so grateful for the Rev. Dr. Robert Stanley, who filled in for me Sunday after I became ill late Saturday.  I asked if he would be able to preach on the spiritual discipline of generosity, and with no notice whatsoever (I think we talked about 8:30 p.m. Saturday

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    Sharing God’s Love through Service……………

    We are nearing the end of our study of spiritual disciplines – practices that enable us to draw closer to God and shape a life that is pleasing to God.  We’ve talked about prayer – honest, forthright, regular conversations with God; and about our need to gather with other Christians

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    Daily Reading…….

        I was amazed to discover that out of 200 Life Journals ordered and put out on Sunday, just 5 remained at the end of the day.  That means that 195 persons out there have a whole new tool to help you draw closer to the only One that

  • Worship weekly…………………

          We are continuing our journey through spiritual practices that can be helpful in tuning our hearts to God’s heart; in aligning our spirits to the One Spirit that matters, the Holy Spirit of God.  This week we talked about the discipline of keeping the Sabbath holy and

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    Our God is a God who hears our prayers and answers them, often in surprising ways.

          If you were in worship Sunday I hope you picked up a slip with green dots on it, and put one of those dots in strategic locations around your car and house to remind yourself to open up a conversation with the God who loves you, and

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    Kinder Prep Pre-Literacy Program

      New Directions Institute for Infant Brain development and First Things First are presenting a FREE 3-part series of parent-child interactive workshops for children from 3-5 years old.  Sessions focus on inexpensive, at home activities known to encourage brain development and help prepare a child’s brain for success in school. These workshops are for

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    Hurricane Relief Mission Project

    The Desert Southwest Conference will send a work team to travel to New Jersey tentatively on April 6-13, 2013 to help with the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.  The work is expected to include removing and/or installing wall board, flooring or roofing.  Special skills are not required, but some experience in home repairs and maintenance

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    Forgiveness: To forgive others

    It was another tough week on the forgiveness front as we considered our mandate to forgive others, as many as seven times a day, or perhaps as many at 77 times or  even 70 times 7 times.  That’s a LOT!  We are to forgive regardless of whether the other person

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    Forgiveness is not……………………….

                    This week we looked together at some things forgiveness is NOT, which included the following: Forgiveness is NOT denying our hurt to keep the peace Forgiveness is NOT accepting inappropriate blame for our own hurt Forgiveness is NOT just a warm fuzzy feeling toward another