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“Inexpressible Joy!”

“Though you may not have seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of our souls.” 1 Peter 1:8 [...]

“Pray Without Ceasing”

How’s your prayer life?  Do you have one?  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we are to “pray without ceasing.”  Some translations say, “Pray continuously.” These past few weeks we have been reading Scripture and talking about prayer on Sunday mornings.  I hope this has been a blessing to you, as [...]

The Real Purpose of Sunday Worship….

At the council meeting last month, we had a wonderful discussion on worship!  Conversation led to questions: “What’s the purpose of the message/sermon?”  “What types of worship does God want?”  I think it gave everyone something to really think about and pray about.  After the meeting, I went to one [...]

“Seek Him with All Your Heart”

One of the things I look forward to when I travel with Nick is my quiet time.  He has meetings to attend, and I get to enjoy whatever part of the country we are visiting.  Usually I do this with a good book.  The books I take are often recommendations [...]

Change is Healthy, Change is Good…

This past Wednesday in the young adult bible study, we read Romans 12:1-2.  This is one of my favorite passages because it reminds me of what it means to worship.  It also talks about being “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  Paul writes, “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in [...]

VBS: A Valuable Lesson, A Valuable Ministry

This is a big month in the life of the church.  Each year, we take time as a congregation to reach out to the community through Vacation Bible School.  This is a difficult ministry that takes weeks for us to prepare.  And it is a ministry that can easily be [...]

Sing God’s Praises!

I listen to Word FM on the radio when I am in the car.  The other day when I was listening on the way to the office, they said there are ways we can start the day that will actually help us have a better attitude and have a better [...]

Serving Our Community

It is a wonderful blessing to see the church come together to do ministry.  Last night, I got to see the church in action.  Many people of all ages came together to help get the church ready for the spring and summer ministries that will happen here at YCOG.  (Even [...]

A Season to Celebrate

Lent is a difficult time of the year for me.  As we enter into the Easter season, sometimes I forget why I am feeling sad, almost depressed.  Then I remember that it happens to me every year.  We gather each week to celebrate a risen Savior.  We have joy and [...]

“Death is Just the Beginning of a New Life”

We all know that death is part of life.  One day our earthly bodies will no longer function, and we will take our last breath.  But as an elder reminded me last night, death is really just the beginning of a new life.  This is why, as Christians, we can [...]

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