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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 […]

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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 […]