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It Starts with the Heart – Blessed

During the weekend service, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder stepped into our new series titled, Blessed. We could all use some blessings in 2021, and he believes that God wants to bless our lives. After an unusually difficult 2020, the idiom “hindsight is 20/20” now seems like an oxymoron! Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed are those who […]

Still in Control – This Year

The beginning of 2020 doesn’t seem like it was all that long ago. If you concentrate and listen closely, you might still hear the faint whisper of Barbara Walters saying, “Welcome to 2020.” Does it seem that way for you? Where were you on January 1st, 2020? I remember the start of last year well. […]

You New Creation, You! – This Year

The Apostle Peter had been Jesus’ “Right Hand Man” from the beginning of Christ’s ministry. The one renamed “the Rock.” At the Passover supper, the night before Jesus died, Peter said to him, “Even If everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you” (Matthew 26:33). Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, […]

No Turning Back – This Year

John 21:7 Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his tunic (for he had stripped for work), jumped into the water, and headed to shore. I can’t help it. When I read this verse I picture a scene from […]

God’s Power – This Year

My mom’s side of my family, the Cephas side, is from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I grew up enjoying crab cakes, oysters, Ocean City, and occasionally, Maryland basketball. Maryland served as a nice escape from the Ohio summers during my childhood. So at age 21, I naturally welcomed the idea to recreate those summer […]

Joy to the World – This Christmas

Find today’s Family Advent Activity at the bottom of today’s reading. I have loved Christmas since I was a little kid. I love the music, the trees, the lights, and the presents. You can see the joy of Christmas in the kindness and love people show to their fellow man. My favorite thing about Christmas […]

Visitors from the East – This Christmas

Find today’s Family Advent Activity at the bottom of today’s reading. The Wise Men Matthew 2:1-11 1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his […]