Pastoral Ponderings

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Is the world about to end?

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Is the world about to end? “Maybe!” “It sure seems like it!” “Who knows?” “Are you ready?” That might be the real question. Are you ready for the world to end? How do you know? If you are ready, how are you living in light of the end of the world? On Sunday we’ll start a two-part series called “The End is Near.” We’ll break Luke 21 up into two parts and look at the signs of the end of the world as well as how to live in light of the end of the world. I hope you’ll join […]

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Taking “DTR” to a “whol’nother” level

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“DTR” Depending on your perspective, those three letters might evoke joy or heartache. Good memories or bad. Or both! What does “DTR” stand for? “Determine The Relationship.” It means having a conversation with another person in order to decide whether or how to continue the relationship. “DTR” is usually used in a romantic context. Moving from casual dating to something more serious (or not). Or maybe from more serious towards a proposal (or not).  “DTRs” are never bad things. We might not like the outcome of them sometimes, but in the long run, they are almost always for the best. […]

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“Who do you think you are?”

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Happy New Year! I hope you’re either still enjoying some vacation time or surviving your first day back at work today. It can be hard to get back into the swing of things! Last Sunday morning we rolled out the new vision statement for our church. All you have to remember is “TCBC2”: “Teaching Christ, Becoming Christlike” “Taking Christ Beyond Church” If you were traveling and missed last week, you can listen to the message here: https://tcbcf.org/the-churchs-vision-for-2020-and-beyond/ This week we’re getting back into our study on the Gospel of Luke. And in Chapter 20 we’ll look at part one of […]

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Baby Jesus, our King

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Christmas is just one week away! Can you believe it? It is easy to think about baby Jesus during this time of year. Unfortunately, that’s where many people leave Him—a helpless baby. Powerless to do anything in their lives. Last week as we studied the triumphal entry, we took a closer look at who Jesus is: prophet, priest and king. We saw all creation worship Him as King. And we saw Him as the final and best prophet from God as well as our great high priest. As we look at another part of the Christmas story this week from […]

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Of donkeys, stones, and the King of Kings

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Last week I made a joke in the sermon about a donkey. Some of y’all got it. Some of y’all didn’t. And that’s okay. The donkey doesn’t care. Donkeys don’t care about a lot of things. But donkeys know why they are here. Donkeys are also stronger than they look. They can carry heavy loads and go long distances. They know how to work hard. But they can be stubborn at times. Just like us! Even though donkeys were created to work hard, they can get off track and not fulfill their purpose. Just like us! Everything has a purpose. […]