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Eastertide

The Great Feast Easter is not one day, but 50!! The ancient church calendar calls these 50 days “Eastertide.” Eastertide begins on Easter day and ends with Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Church. For many communities, the church calendar is used to help disciple new believers and strengthen the faith of those who have been walking with Jesus for...

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CoronaVirus Protocol

Dear Villagers and Friends, We met as elders and discussed our response to the Coronavirus and we are encouraging the following: 1) If you or your children are sick or have any signs of illness please stay home. It is not honoring of our value of accessibility to expose others to disease. 2) Recognize that people who are older and/or those with compromised immune systems are at much greater risk o...

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A Message From the Elders

Dear Village, As we head into the new year, Eric, Mark, and Rod would like to provide an update for the church. Finances As you know, last year we anticipated spending more than we brought in, because we added Mark’s salary and increased Jessica’s time and salary. These changes were necessary due to the growth of the community. However, because of the two services, we also spend more on utilities ...

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The Intrusion

First John five 11 and 12 reads like this: This is the testimony that God has given us eternal life and this life is in his son. He who has the son has life. He who does not have the son of God does not have life. John begins verse 11 with the statement: This is the testimony, He is making a proclamation. John is saying, what I have to say here is based on some important experiences I’ve had with ...

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Don’t Drift

A few years ago when I preached on the letter to the Hebrews, I was struck by the phrase, “Don’t drift from your salvation.” I wondered why that was so important — why salvation would be the thing we wouldn’t drift away from: why not Jesus, or the gospel? While reflecting on the story of Paul’s conversion, I realized that in our initial encounter with Jesus, our...

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Beginning

The Beginning It all started long ago. Cold, wet, busy, and rushed – the world swam with moving objects next to large machines. Somewhere in the grey city – the Sanctuary stood – beautiful and full of flickering lights. I’m not sure what happened that day, but it happen. Mercy poured out over my soul. It stood, and it cried for me. My heart lived in my throat, and my mind f...

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“It’s My ami not your ami”

The summer of my first grade year, my family moved from Tucson Arizona to Miami Arizona. Miami is small mining town on your way to Roosevelt Lake. Often its residents just refer to it as the arm pit of Arizona, or maybe that’s just the people who lived there once and have managed to escape the small town. For me, living in Miami (or as my little brother used to say, “it’s my ami not your ami,”) wa...

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The King is Born

Micah 5:2 . . . But you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, little among the clans of Judah-from you shall come forth the one who is to rule in Israel. When Jesus was born, Augustus had been in power for 25 years. He was, in that moment in time, King of kings – he ruled from Gibraltar to Jerusalem and from Britain to the Black Sea. He brought peace to the Roman world – something no one else was a...

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May 24, 2019 Pastoral Letter

May 24, 2019 To my fellow Villagers, the faithful in Christ Jesus, whose security and significance come from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that out of God’s great riches you might be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being. I pray that you will be rooted and established in love. Together with all of God’s people, may you understand how wide, how high, how ...

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A Scared Discontent

The scared discontent. I live in the wealthiest country in the world. I have 2 cars, TVs, books, computers, couches, tables, lots of water, lots of food, and a bunch of other stuff. And yet, I’m plagued by discontent and the desire for more. I want to be happy. I want my friends to always say nice things to me and tell me how cool all my ideas are. I want the church I pastor to have the most...

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A Vow of Stability

We vow to remain all our life with our local community. We live together, pray together, work together, relax together. We give up the temptation to move from place to place in search of an ideal situation. Ultimately there is no escape from oneself, and the idea that things would be better someplace else is usually an illusion. And when interpersonal conflicts arise, we have a great incentive to ...

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Community Part 3

The disciples had everything in common. They were in fellowship together. Fellowship is a weird word. Think about the passage with me for a minute – when we talk about having all things in common, that doesn’t mean that members of the early church could walk into Peter’s house and say, “Hey the Lord has need of your television. Give it to me because we have all things in common.” No. I don’t...

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Being Sent: Re-post from my blog

In Mark 16:14 we find our selves smack dab in the middle of the Great commission. Jesus has appeared to a few people, but as a collective the disciples are doubtful of his Resurrection. In verse 14, Jesus appears to the eleven 14Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed...

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