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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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Perfect peace

All you will ever need

The supremacy of Christ

Who's in charge?

How do you do that?

Be strong and courageous

Replacing old habits

You have two choices in life

"Love your neighbor as yourself"

Coming full circle

In the beginning, God referred to Israel as a thriving olive tree. The fruit of which contains olive oil, which represents the Holy Spirit of God. Over time the people of Israel started to worship other gods until God had enough. In Jeremiah 11:16, we read; “The Lord called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. But with the roar of a mighty storm He will set you on fire, and its branches will be broken.” Soon God would send the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem and take the people of Israel into captivity. About 600 years later, Jesus was born. After His death and resurrection, the Christian church was birthed, and Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles began. It was time for the olive tree to be nurtured by God, the Gardner. When we look at the olive tree as God’s church, both believing Jew and Gentile alike, then we can see why God would break off the unbelieving branches, and is slowly grafting in new believers. In Romans 11:19-21, Paul writes to the church in Rome: You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in. Granted, but they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either.” The olive tree has always represented those who stayed faithful to God. Many Jews chose to turn their backs on God, while ...

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All you will ever need

The supremacy of Christ

Who's in charge?

How do you do that?

Be strong and courageous

Replacing old habits

You have two choices in life

"Love your neighbor as yourself"

The wisdom of God

Perfect peace

Have you ever wondered how Jesus is able to bring His perfect peace into a situation when it seems impossible? First, we play a part in this; we either ask for peace, or are prayed for to receive it. Otherwise who would know where that peace came from? Jesus said to His disciples before He left this earth, “Peace I leave you; my peace I give you.” John 14:27. So we know that Jesus left us His peace for whenever we need it. But how does it work? When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our sins are washed away and we become pure sinless vessels. At that moment the Holy Spirit can enter and dwell within us. It is the Holy Spirit who brings with Him the fruit of the Spirit. In Galatians 5:22 we read that they are: “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.” Notice that the third fruit mentioned is “peace.” So we have dwelling within us, Christ’s perfect peace, in the person of the Holy Spirit, just waiting to be released whenever that peace is asked for or prayed for. How many times I have prayed, “Oh Lord I need your peace right now,” and I have always received it. It’s a gift from God. So we know that it does work, but HOW does it work? In ...

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Recent Headlines

The supremacy of Christ

Who's in charge?

How do you do that?

Be strong and courageous

Replacing old habits

You have two choices in life

"Love your neighbor as yourself"

The wisdom of God

Finding rest for body, and soul

All you will ever need

In 2 Peter, chapter 1, Peter tells us some of what we receive when we give our lives to God through Jesus Christ. Starting in verse 3, Peter writes; “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (That one verse has a lot to examine. First, Peter says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life.” There is nothing on earth or beyond that God cannot provide. If there is something you need, then ask. God wants us to have our needs met, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. But we have a part to play in the equation.) In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” If a child needs something, he or she simply asks their parent, and if the request is warranted, the child usually receives it. Two things; first, the child needs to ask. And second; the child must be the parent’s child. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The only way to have...

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