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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 beginning of the book of John is one of my favorite areas of the Scriptures. It really sets up who Jesus was.

First, let’s look at the difference between the other three Gospels and the Book of John. First, Matthew, Mark and Luke are all about Jesus’ life from birth.

Matthew is written by an average guy whom Jesus found collecting taxes. His name was Levi, and the people didn’t like him. Matthew’s book is a well-drafted account of Jesus’ life, where as Mark, being very young, seemed to condense his writings. Luke, on the other hand, was a doctor and his gospel is written in great detail.

Then we come to John’s Gospel. At this time in history, the Jewish leaders were trying to get the converts to Christianity to come back to the Hebrew faith and the law.

John’s writings are aimed at ...

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That's a promise!

Faith without works

For you are a child of God

"O, the grace of God"

That's a promise

Fresh mercies

Blessing God!

Keep in step

Ambassadors all

Shalom

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have complete inner peace?

The Bible tells us that is exactly what our heavenly Father wants for all of us. The kind of peace that is unshakable and deep down in your soul.

In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul writes about that kind of peace starting in verse six,“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” God doesn’t want us to be anxious or worrying about anything. Worry, anxiety and fear are the opposite of peace, and they do not come from God. In verse six, Paul isn’t just talking about peace of mind, he is talking about the peace of God. He is saying that our heavenly Father is where this peace comes from, and not just when everything is going our way, but also during hard times. That is when we need the peace of God all the more. That’s why Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Then in verse seven, he continues with, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and ...

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Faith without works

For you are a child of God

"O, the grace of God"

That's a promise

Fresh mercies

Blessing God!

Keep in step

Ambassadors all

Lacking something?

That’s a promise!

When you read the Bible, it becomes very apparent that God wants to bestow blessings on us. That is really all He wants to do - bless His people.

Throughout history, that has never changed. It is people that change. God blessed Israel from the very beginning, but they pushed God aside and worshiped other idols. Instead of listening to God, they did the opposite of what He told them to do. Sound familiar? Nothing has changed.

Starting in Genesis 1 when God created Adam and Eve, He blessed them with the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every living creature that moves on the ground. He blessed them with every seed-bearing plant and tree with fruit for food. God provided for all their needs and gave them peace in the garden until they decided to take some bad advice and go against God.

If they would have just trusted in what God told them to do, things would have gone a bit differently; however, God is gracious and full ...

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