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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 […]

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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 […]

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Let every heart, prepare Him room!

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Life always seems busier before Christmas, doesn’t it? Even in the midst of Covid-19 limitations, there seems like so much extra to do. Decorating, gift buying, parties, and other special events can creep into our schedules and overwhelm us. But it seems like every year we fall for it once again. Even when Covid-19 restrictions limit our in-person gatherings! So I want to ask today: Where is Jesus? What place does He have in your life and your Christmas schedule today? Is there room in your “Inn” for Him amongst all the other holiday “travelers” in your life? Let this […]

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A good dose of Christmas, (and this week’s sermon outline)

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Good news! We only have one month left in 2020! It has been some kind of year. But I’m glad that we’re nearing the end. It seems to me like we all need a good dose of Christmas. Not just extra food, or presents, or lots of parties. It looks like we can’t do many of those things anyway. What we need is a fresh dose of the deeper truth behind all the trappings. We need the hope, joy, freedom, and peace that only the Christ of Christmas can bring.  That’s the plan that we’ll pursue during four sermons over […]

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How to deal with stress, and the sermon outline for the week

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Over the last few weeks we’ve been learning how to live as elect exiles in this increasingly hostile world. First Peter has provided a roadmap for living for and glorifying the Lord in the midst of suffering.  This Sunday we’re going to finish this series with some final instructions for exiled living. Probably something that we all have in common right now is feeling a bit of stress. Stress over health or election results. Anxiety over our current life or the unknown future for us or our kids. Peter will show us a key promise for how to deal with […]