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“Listen to your mother”

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In a vast majority of situations, “listen to your mother” is good advice. I know there are exceptions. But by and large this is true. Especially when you know that your mother knows Jesus, loves Jesus, and faithfully follows Jesus! In case you missed it, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. We will take a brief break from our series on Biblical Community 101 and celebrate Mother’s Day by looking at a couple of moms from the Bible. Without their example, we might not be here as Christians today!  Please join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 for English and 11 for Chinese to hear […]

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That settles it

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There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “God says it. I believe it. That settles it.” I appreciate the idea behind this statement. But I disagree with it! I would like to tweak it a bit to say:  “Whether you or I believe it or not, God says it, and that settles it.” The truth of God’s Word does not depend on whether or not enough people believe it. It is “settled,” whether we like it, believe it, or not! Even so, we sure hope that more and more people will believe it and respond…starting with us!  This […]

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The Sunday School Answer

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We often joke that “Jesus” is always the answer in Sunday school. No matter what question the teacher asks, “Jesus” is the right answer! It is a joke. Yet it is still true! We can’t go wrong with looking to Jesus! This Sunday we’re going to continue our series on Biblical Community 101 by looking at how Jesus modeled biblical community.  Please join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 for English and 11 for Chinese! If you can’t make it in person, you can still join us online by going through our website: www.tcbcf.org then hit “watch livestream,” or go directly to our […]

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Strength in numbers

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Last Sunday we started a new series called “Biblical Community 101.” We saw that the Trinity both models perfect oneness and desires fellowship with us too. This Sunday we’ll continue our series by looking at a few Old Testament examples of Biblical community. I’ll be referencing Veggie Tales classics as well as a song popular on Christian radio right now.  My hope is that we’ll see the importance of strength in numbers.  Please join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 for English and 11 for Chinese! If you can’t make it in person, you can still join us online by going through […]

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Avoiding the “Post-Easter Crash”

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It was a great and glorious Easter weekend, wasn’t it? And it was also busy. So busy, with extra activities that you might now find yourself in the midst of a “Post-Easter Crash.” Maybe it is all the Easter candy. Maybe it is reintroducing food or something else you fasted during Lent. Or maybe it is the feeling of going through the motions; “life goes on!” So how do we avoid, or dig out of, the “Post-Easter Crash?” We turn to God. We fellowship with Him and with other believers. And we try to build on the resurrection power available for […]

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Evidence that demands a decision

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Holy Week is upon us once again. The week that we focus even more on the Lord Jesus’ death for our sins and resurrection on Easter morning.  But what evidence do we have for this celebration? On Sunday we’ll look at 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, and we’ll examine clear evidence that demands a decision.  Please join us in person on Sunday at 7:00AM for our combined English and Chinese Sunrise Service with communion! If you can’t make it in person, you can still join us online by going through our website: www.tcbcf.org then hit “watch livestream.”  We’ll follow our sunrise service time with a special combined […]

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Fascination with royalty

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We seem to have a fascination with royalty. A recent interview with part of the British royal family sent that family and the rest of the world into a tizzy. (That’s a good Southern word by the way.) Wedding ceremonies for members of that same family were some of the most watched weddings ever. We seem to take royalty seriously. Or do we? This Sunday we’ll be celebrating Palm Sunday once again. We’ll see the nation of Israel going through the motions of welcoming a king into Jerusalem. But we’ll also see that they missed the bigger picture. They had […]

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Grace on the run

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Many of us (but not all) have never had to literally run for our lives. We haven’t faced a situation that called for it. Most of us have pretty routine, day to day lives. Some might even call our lives “boring.”  The reality is, we should probably be doing a lot more “running” than we are! We all have deadly enemies seeking to do us in. Often, we don’t realize it until it is too late. Then we’re trapped once again! That’s the bad news. But there is good news.  We can flee temptation.  When we do, there is always […]

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Hiding in the baggage

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All of us have baggage. Things from our past that weigh us down and keep us from living in the freedom Christ offers. Maybe it’s guilt or shame connected to sin. Or it could be fear. Fearing people, our past, or our future. But the longer we carry it, the heavier the bags seem to get. We do all kinds of things to cope with this baggage. This is another way that Lent helps us. As we set aside some of our crutches and the things that we often run to for comfort, we begin to see the Lord more […]

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Hearing aids

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We’re in the middle of the third week of Lent. This whole season is designed to help us turn away from all the “extras” and focus more fully on the Lord. How has that been happening in your life over the last few weeks? It has been hard for me. It is so easy sometimes to focus on what I’m temporarily giving up. But that’s not the point. The point is to draw near to the Lord and hear His voice more clearly. In this way, a temporary fast during this season serves as a type of “hearing aid” for us, so […]