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“Here comes trouble!”

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“Here comes trouble!”  I used to hear that a lot growing up. It was usually someone talking about me!  Trouble just seems to have a way of finding all of us. Whether we’re looking for it or not! So, what do we do when we run into trouble? The Bible has much to say about how to respond in the midst of trouble! We’ll look at a Psalm on Sunday written for just such occasions! Please join us in person on Sunday for the combined language service with communion at 9:30 to hear more! If you can’t make it in person, you can […]

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God of the valleys

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There’s a lie running around in Christian circles that followers of Jesus should never be discouraged or depressed. Sometimes we’re even told to put on a happy face for the sake of the non-believers around us. These are interesting—but not Biblical—thoughts. The idea that Christians can’t have times in the valleys, times of despair, does not square with God’s plain teaching in the Bible. The Psalm we’ll study this Sunday will correct these attitudes for us. Please join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 for English and 11 for Chinese to hear more! If you can’t make it in person, you […]

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What’s the point?

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What difference does a personal relationship with Jesus really make in your life? As we turn back toward the Psalms for the summer, Psalm 34 will answer this question for us. Please join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 for English and 11 for Chinese to hear more! 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,” or go directly to our Youtube page.  Speaking of getting together, this Friday night at 7 we’ll be meeting at the church building for another game night. Eat first or bring your own […]

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“Don’t forget to Breathe!”

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These last six months have been crazy. A few weeks ago, I was laboring through one of my morning runs. Like most of my morning runs, I was just trying to not pass out along the way. As I headed down the last stretch, the phrase “just breathe” came into my mind.  So, I did. But then I started chewing on the idea. Asking God about the idea. I got home and started the coffee pot and sat down at the kitchen table (under the AC vent). And I asked God again about “just breathe.”  Writing poetry often helps me […]

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Morning people

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Are you a night owl or a morning person?  I’m a morning person. I think I always have been. I’d far rather “awake the dawn” then stay out all night. There are seasons where, by necessity I did have to stay out all night. Right after high school I worked “the graveyard shift” in a convenience store in the middle of nowhere west Texas. 11PM to 7AM. Toss the old burritos and restock the shelves. Deep fry the new burritos and make the coffee for the coming day. I got used to it, but it went against my natural bent […]

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Life has storms

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Storms have a way of putting us in our places. Years ago, when I was much younger and more foolish, I remember running across a golf course in Texas. A thunderstorm was rolling in, and yet I was trying to finish a great round of golf. As the lightning ripped through the air overhead, I finally started to realize that a personal record wasn’t worth my life. But I was on the far side of the golf course, carrying 14 lightning rods, and running for my life. I had plenty of warning of the coming storm, but in my pride, […]

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Afraid Not

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Fear seems to be winning. Look around. Take a quick turn through the news or social media. If you’re really brave, turn on the news. Everywhere we turn, fear seems to be winning.  If we’re not careful, we can let all this fear overwhelm us. Paralyze us. Even destroy us. But it doesn’t have to.  The Bible gives us clear answers to the problem of fear. In fact, as followers of Jesus, we have the only solution to the global pandemic of fear.  If you struggle with fear, join us this Sunday as we look at Psalm 27 and find the answer […]

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“We’re in a tight spot”

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Don’t hate me, but one of my favorite movies is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”  It is set in the depression era Deep South and based loosely on Homer’s Odyssey. Many people say that I look just like one of the main actors. If you’ve been listening to me very long, you’ve undoubtedly heard me quote the movie. There are so many one-liners to choose from! The story unfolds as three escaped convicts try to evade capture and break up a wedding. While in a burning barn and surrounded one night, one character utters these immortal words:  “We’re in a tight […]

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Locked doors

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Revelation 3:20 is one of the most famous Bible verses that we often incorrectly associate with evangelism:  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” The interesting thing about this verse is the context. It was written to warn believers who had drifted away from a close relationship with the Lord. The Lord Jesus desires to be with us. But sometimes, we drift away. Sometimes we lock the doors of our hearts and lives, and we don’t let Him […]

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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 […]