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Our Hometown Worship section is where you'll find our area churches directory, special features about local churches and church leaders and obituaries. Devotional pieces from Pastors Bill Mantel, Joel Seibel (Amazing Grace) and Rick Warren (A Purpose Driven Life) grace the pages of this section, along with columns by Sherida Nett.

 

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The faith of a child

It can be extremely frustrating, as a believer, to have friends or loved ones who could care less about knowing Jesus. Why is it so hard for some people to simply believe? I can only speak for myself, but there were many things that held me back. I never went to church as a child or adult, so I had no religious concept of God and Jesus.

I had one advantage though. I loved to watch movies. Movies like – “The Greatest Story Ever Told” and “King of Kings.”

That was my view of Jesus. He was like a hero to me. However, as I grew older I found myself caught up in the world and all it offered; a colorful career, lots of alcohol, lots of parties and lots of pride.

To me, I had it made. The last thing I needed was someone who wanted to change me, and turn me into some kind of square. My problem was I needed to hit bottom before I would reach up, and say, “Help me.”

In Matthew 18:2-3, Jesus called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will ...

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Reaping and sowing

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Seven sins The Lord detests

Do not panic ... just trust God

Husbands and wives duties

New Year's resolution

The best gift for Christmas

Let this happen?

Facing a mountain

One thousand four hundred years before the birth of Jesus, there was a city named Jericho. It was a remarkable city with walls so thick there were homes inside them, like apartments. It was a fortress that was virtually impossible to penetrate.

When the Israelites entered the Holy Land, the first obstacle they faced was Jericho. God told them to take Jericho and that he would hand the city over to them.

Has God ever told you to do something that you thought was impossible? That must have been how Joshua felt looking at Jericho.

However, God assured him that He would go before them and deliver Jericho into their hands. God shows us through His word that in all things we can trust Him.

Those enormous walls of that great city came crashing down, not because of anything Joshua and the people did, other than to be obedient to God.

God told them to march around the city blowing ram’s horns, once ...

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A recipe for finding peace

New wine into new bottles

Seven sins The Lord detests

Do not panic ... just trust God

Husbands and wives duties

New Year's resolution

The best gift for Christmas

Let this happen?

What an amazing thing

Reaping and sowing

Some Pharisees asked Jesus this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Sometimes that can be hard to do because people can be difficult. Jesus doesn’t say they have to love you back, He just tells us to love them. Paul addresses this complicated command this way: In Romans 12:18, Paul writes; “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live in peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

On the contrary: (God doesn’t want us to leave room for His wrath, He wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves) God says, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty give him something to drink. In doing this, you will ...

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