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“Paul, an APOSTLE…”

At the end of our introduction to the current sermon series on 2 Corinthians, we briefly considered Paul’s opening words in the letter, where he reminded his readers that he was writing not just as a friend and mentor, but as an apostle — as an official and fully-authorized representative of Jesus Himself. Here is an […]

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Do You Believe in Miracles?

Do you believe in miracles? This time of year with the glow of the lights, the decorative colors, the delicious smells and the memorable songs, it’s easy for many of us to get captivated by the atmosphere and the essence of the season. Our elevated enthusiasm, our anticipation for what may come, our renewed hopes […]

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Grace-Fed Generosity

One summary snapshot of the earliest, first-century Christian church reports that “God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.” (Acts 4:33-34) The biblical writer goes on to detail the open-handed generosity of Christ-followers who freely shared their resources in a united effort to address the […]

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Who Needs Forgiveness?

A leading candidate in the current presidential melee raised eyebrows last summer when, while trying to convince religious conservative voters that he’s actually one of them (a surprise to many), he casually commented that he could not remember ever asking for God’s forgiveness, nor really even needing to. He explained that “when I do something […]

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What Christmas Is All About

Fifty years ago this extremely important question was posed on national television: “Isn’t there anyone who can tell me what Christmas is all about?” This question was asked by famous philosopher, and comic strip celebrity, Charlie Brown. You see, Charlie Brown was fed up with the many unsuccessful pursuits of happiness he saw all around […]

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Skull Thoughts – Devotional

It may sound quite foreign to us, but medieval philosophers would often place a human skull on their desk as a reminder of the nearness of death. Their perspective was that this reminder of the brevity of human life served as a reality check and helped them to focus on what is most important.  I […]

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A Narrow Door

Jesus once exhorted his listeners to “make every effort to enter through the narrow door” (Luke 13:24). This was in response to an observer in the crowd who had noticed that Jesus was increasingly critical of the religious leaders in his day. These were people who, everyone assumed (and the leaders themselves concurred), pretty much […]

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Christmas Eve Devotional

The following devotional from our Christmas Eve service was written by Thom Smith, a member of the Trinity church family. The Search for the Greatest Gift Ever One event this time of year that can take up a whole lot of time and potentially rob us of our Christmas cheer…is shopping.  Searching for and purchasing presents […]

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What Do You WANT? — Devotional

The New Testament writer Matthew describes an encounter that took place between two blind men and Jesus (Matthew 20:29-34). When they heard from their neighbors that day that Jesus was passing through, they raised a ruckus. “Have mercy on us!”, they shouted repeatedly, which annoyed the crowds, but soon launched a conversation with the one […]

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Grace in a Tree — Devotional

One day on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus met a sorry little man in a tree (Luke 19). Ironically given a name that meant “clean” or “innocent”, Zacchaeus was anything but. First century tax collectors, by nature of their profession, were notoriously corrupt, making their living by extorting money from their own countrymen to fill […]

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