Weather Announcement

We have checked the roads this morning and the grounds on campus. There is no ice. We will have church as scheduled this morning. Please be careful as you drive.
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Ancient Words for Today

A long time ago, a religious, Jewish Christian wrote these words. They are incredibly helpful today. Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be...
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Reflections on Psalm 103

1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, The double use of the phrase “Bless the LORD, O my soul…” is the author’s (David) encouragement to himself; to...
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Faith Without Works

Many preachers, scholars, and theologians have argued about James 2:24.  As with most controversial arguments within the church, they serve mostly to help us miss the point. This one is no different. However, at first glance, this verse seems to be at odds with other scripture;...
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God Is Who He Says He Is

A few months ago at North Church we studied the book of James in detail. During that study we talked extensively about faith. Faith is the key to everything that we do in the Christian life. Faith is where trust meets surrender. Faith is more than just believing. It is saying I...
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The Gospel in Music: Play it Again Sam! You Don’t Have Any Feathers

A friend turned me onto this song last week. It such a great example of seeing subtle images of the gospel in music. It is a simple and poignant song…the gospel can be that way too. The first link is the song. The second is a link to lyrics. Enjoy....
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From the Sermon: Loving People

Every sermon I preach and gospel conversation that I have, my hope is that what is communicated would bring us to realize that what we have in front of us is something that we cannot attain in our strength. We cannot live the life that God has called us to live. Our situation is...
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Perspective

There are so many things that I could write here from so many perspectives. I have lived in 63135 zip for almost all of my life. I am a white guy. I am middle class. I am a husband and father. But, my foremost identity is a follower of Christ. As such, this is what is pressing on...
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Mexico Team Day 4 Update

One of the most important things for our team and the thing that we want to convey most on this update blog is what God is doing and how we see him working as we work. Kelso is a new friend of most of those on our team. I (Rik) met her last summer during my time teaching at Super...
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Mexico Team Day 3 Update

Our team, Dennis (far left), Pastor Juan Carlos and his wife. Amy Kuntz is the sister of Dave and she is on the trip with us. Amy is a great writer and Dave and I asked her to write the update for today. Here it is, enjoy! This morning we piled into our fifteen-passenger van and...
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