Pastoral Ponderings

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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 […]

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Christmas Freedom and Peace

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We worked our way through 1 Peter over the course of the fall. We talked about preparing to live as elect exiles in a hostile world. In our Advent series over the last two weeks we’ve also seen that if we’re going to live well as exiles, we’ve got to live with hearts and lives full of Christmas Hope and Christmas Joy. How do we do that in an increasingly hostile world? The first verse of an old Christmas carol helps answer that question: O come, O come Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until […]