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Repentance brings new life

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How are you doing as we begin our second week of Lent? Has God led you to set anything aside in order to more fully focus on Him? I saw one friend online talking about how hard it was to give up what she was giving up. I encouraged her to “don’t think about it so much in terms of what you’re giving up. Think about it as wanting Jesus more than whatever you’re temporarily giving up!” I hope that is helpful for you too! Keep at it. And if you haven’t decided to fast something between now and Good Friday, it’s […]

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What do you really want?

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Today is “Ash Wednesday.” The day when Christians for centuries have started the season known as “Lent.” During this season, as Christians we seek to deny ourselves in one or more areas in order to seek God and hear from Him clearly between now and Easter. I think many of us as Protestants have neglected this valuable spiritual discipline down through the years. We’ve just said, “That’s something the Catholics do, but we’re free from that.” And I think that because we haven’t taken fasting seriously, we’ve missed many opportunities to become more like Christ.  “What is God calling you […]

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Staying thirsty

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Years ago, a popular advertising campaign featured “the most interesting man in the world.” The tagline was: “stay thirsty, my friends!” The man in the commercials supposedly lived quite a life. But even his life can’t really compare with our next fallen father. Moses had an amazing life. We owe him so much and have much we can learn from him. But Moses also had a few character flaws that cost him dearly. We’ve got to consider both the good and the bad from Moses in order to learn the most from him. Reminding ourselves of the bad parts also […]

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“Hey y’all, watch this!”

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The immortal words, “Hey y’all, watch this!” have been uttered many times down through the centuries. And in many of those times, something really bad happened soon after! Many of us have momentary brain lapses and make poor choices. The consequences can be brutal.  Pride is a deadly enemy. The phrase “pride goes before a fall” actually comes from Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” And there seems to be no shortage of examples to prove God’s point! That brings us to this week’s message in our series “Fallen Fathers, Gracious God.” While Joseph never said “Hey y’all, watch this,” he […]

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Walking with a limp

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Most of us don’t stop to think about how easy it is to walk across the room. Or even go for a longer walk. We just do it! Unless something hurts. Twist a knee. Sprain an ankle. Stub a toe. Or Twist your back the wrong way, and all bets are off. Something we didn’t give a second thought about becomes a big challenge. We might still be able to walk, but it will be much more slowly, and with a limp.  As we continue our series “Fallen Fathers, Gracious God” this Sunday, we’re going to look at the most […]

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Father Abraham nearly lost both sons

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Last week we saw that Father Abraham wasn’t the perfect father many of us have been taught down through the years. He ended up driving his older boy Ishmael away, and almost sacrificed his promised boy Isaac as well. What a way for Isaac to grow up! Well, as they say, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Isaac grew up to be our next in a long line of “fallen fathers.” And it sure seems like he got more of the bad than the good from his father Abraham! But as with the other fallen fathers we’ve already seen, […]

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Father Abraham had many sons

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If you grew up going to church, you might have grown up singing this song: “Father Abraham, had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham. I am one of them, and so are you, so let’s all praise the Lord.”  And then various body parts would start in motion. Right arm. Left arm. Right foot. Left foot. And so on.  While we don’t know much about Abraham’s dancing ability, we do know that he is known as the Father of all who belong to God by faith. He’s kind of a big deal. But just like what we saw last […]

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Who built the Ark?

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Noah! Noah! The next contestant in our series “Fallen Fathers, Gracious God” is Noah. We all know the story of how Noah listened to God, obeyed God, and lived to tell about the worldwide flood that came. But there is much more to Noah’s story than a big ol’ boat! I’d encourage you to read Genesis 6-9 this week in preparation for Sunday’s service. Take some time to think about Noah’s story and what it must have been like to be him.  We’ll meet this Sunday at 9:28 for English and 11 for Chinese. Please join us in person, or join us online at:  https://www.facebook.com/tcbcf/ […]

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New Year’s Adam

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Today is “New Year’s Adam.” The day before New Year’s Eve. Last Sunday I asked you to consider some goals and changes for the new year. How’s that going? There’s still time to consider and pursue the changes God is calling you to make for this new year! Let me know if you’d like some help narrowing down your choices! As we kick off a new year, we’re also going to kick off a new sermon series too. I’ll tell you more on Sunday, but for now, I’d encourage you to take some time and read Genesis 1-3 and Romans […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Today is “Christmas Adam.” The day before Christmas Eve, because Adam came first. Christmas is only a few days away now. Are you ready? I hope so! Whether you’re gathering in person or having a Zoom Christmas, I hope that you’ll be able to enjoy the day.  Then I also hope you’ll join us for worship on Sunday. We’re going to review 2020 and then begin looking forward to 2021 as a nation, a church, and individually.  We’ll meet at 9:28 for English and 11 for Chinese. Please join us in person, or join us online at:  https://www.facebook.com/tcbcf/ We’ll see you then! Until […]