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The Power of Weakness

People are attracted to power. We crave it for ourselves, or we are drawn to those who seem have it like pilot fish to a shark. Just take a quick look at human history (or current events!), and you'll see people who were willing to sacrifice justice or integrity in order to keep or gain power. Nor are Christians immune to the lust for earthly powerjust take a quick look at...

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Transformation Comes When We Work Together

This week we're going to see transformation at work in a number of different ways. Saul of Tarsus is converted on the road to Damascus. He was on a mission to bring Jewish Christians back to Jerusalem where they could be put on trial and probably executed. But Jesus invaded Saul's life and transformed him. Consequently, Saul's mission was transformed. He went from attackin...

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Stronger Together

In the summer of 1936, nine working class young men from the University of Washington took the rowing world and the nation by a storm when they captured the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Berlin. These sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers overcame tremendous hardshipspsychological, physical, and economicto beat not only the Ivy League teams of the East Coast ...

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Referendum on New Church Building, Sunday, October 7

Participating members of the congregation will vote on the following referendum a week from Sunday, October 7: First Christian Church should build a new building as described in the documents presented and discussed at the congregational meeting on Sunday, September 9. The cost of the new building is estimated to be $2.8MM. The funds to pay for the construction of the ne...

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Transformation Comes Through Ordinary People

This week we're going to see the profile of an ordinary Christian. This person is not an Apostle or a church leader; he's just an average guy. But it's because of guys like him that the church is transformed. Stephen has one principle that he lives by, one principle that makes him the kind of guy who keeps people together; one principle that keeps everything going forw...

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Order of Service: September 23, 2018

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who diedmore than that, who was raisedwho is at the righ...

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Let's Go to Church!

Yeah, we know. Last week the headline said, Don't Go to Church. What's the real message here, should we go to church or not? Yes, go to church. But don't just go to church. Be the church! That was last week's message. This week, the message centers on the connection between going to church and living in the real world. Many years ago I interviewed for the pastor positi...

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Order of Service: September 16, 2018

Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright.Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadf...

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Not Perfect, Yet Authentic

Somewhere along the line, you've probably heard someone say, "Don't bother looking for the perfect church. Because if you ever find it, and you JOIN it, then it won't be perfect anymore!" The perfect church doesn't exist, but we're tempted to think that the church that emerged in Jerusalem was about as perfect as a church can be. We romanticize that church. We tend to thi...

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Transformational Church

To those in the West, the bigger the number of respondents, the more replicated the technique. Westerners are enamored by size, largest number of hands raised, and so on. When the sun has set on these reports, we seem rather dismayed when the statistics show the quality of the life of the believer is no different than that of the unbeliever. Ravi Zacharias Congregat...

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