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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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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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But it might be a train

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“I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, but it might be a train!” How many of y’all have ever felt this way? How many of y’all are feeling this way about life in 2020 right now?  It could be very easy to assume that nothing is going to change. That “normal” will never be the same again. And when we start thinking this way, it becomes very easy to lose hope! But we can’t. We can’t live without hope.  Even in the face of grief or suffering or sickness or hardship. Even in the face of […]

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“Well it’s just 2020”

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I saw a meme the other day that said that “2020” is going to be the new buzzword when anything goes wrong. Car broke down? “That’s so 2020!” Trouble at work? “That’s so 2020!” Relationship not working out? “2020!” Stress eating? “2020!” Whatever happens, we’re tempted to just say “2020” and move on. But we can’t. Not if we want to survive. Every time we take another hit without processing through it, sooner or later it will come back to haunt us. Grief is a very real and very deadly thing. And if we don’t process through it, it’s like putting another rock in a backpack […]

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Father’s Day Faith

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The good news is that we’re more than halfway through June now. 2020 is more than half over! The bad news is, all of us are probably wondering, “what in the world will happen next?” We were probably all looking forward to a Father’s Day luncheon this year. We really thought, “surely everything will be back to normal by then!” But as our favorite Chinese saying reminds us, though, “plans can’t keep up with changes!”(计划没有变化快!) This Sunday we’ll celebrate Father’s Day by looking at a familiar story from the Old Testament. We’re going to see a father put to the ultimate test. By God’s […]