Advent Schedule

Central Campus Advent Services will be held at 7 o'clock in the evening on: Wednesday, November 30 Wednesday, December 7 Wednesday, December 14 Christmas Eve Services will be held on Saturday, December 24 at: 5:00pm Children's Traditional Service 6:30pm Contemporary Candlelight Service 8:00pm Contemporary Candlelight Service There will be no Spanish Service 10:00am Christmas Morning Service West Campus Advent Services...

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Advent by Candlelight

You are cordially invited to the annual Advent by Candlelight Celebration Let There Be Light Jesus - Light of the World Who: Women and girls ages 7 and up When: Sunday, December 4, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm Where: Family of Christ Sanctuary 16190 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33647 This event includes a potluck dinner: Turkey, Ham, Water, Soda...

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God Promises His Grace Is Sufficient

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 Corinthians 12:9 Have you done great things?  Do you have the perfect family?  Have you successfully avoided sin?  Have...

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Be Joyful Always

  "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) The past few weeks I have put this passage in the order of service before Communion. It is one of my favorite bible passages. It packs so much content in a single sentence. I think that...

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God's Promises – A New Heart

"Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." -Ezekiel 36:26 When criminals who have been in prison for a long time are released, they often have difficulty adjusting to their new life and re-integrating into...

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Putting Jesus First

This past Sunday we talked about how Jesus spoke to a politician who was asking Jesus this crucial question, "Good teacher what must I do to inherit eternal life?" He thought he was good enough, he thought he had the right political connections and he knew he was certainly rich enough. Rich politicians who think they have it all is...

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Are You Consecrated?

Two weeks ago we talked about what it means to be "Consecrated?"  I asked the children this question and they gave me a blank stare like I had asked them to explain quantum physics.   The actual definition is to be dedicated to a sacred purpose or to be used by God to accomplish his will.  Not many adults or to...

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Friday, October 14 Don't cook, pick up a delicious spaghetti dinner instead. On October 14 we are having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The dinner includes spaghetti, meat sauce, bread, salad, and a dessert. We are accepting a free-will donation for each meal. Click Here to Pre-Order Your Meal Today! The order page is our online donations page. On that page,...

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Children's Church and Sunday School

We will be adding a weekly Children's Sunday School to our ministry beginning October 2, 2016, at 9:15 am.  Please read the explanation below for the difference between Children's Church and Children's Sunday School, and the reasons we believe both are important. Children's Church: Children's church is intended to do two things. Give the kids a church experience that is...

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Friday, August 19   Don't cook, pick up a delicious spaghetti dinner instead.     On August 19 we are having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. The dinner includes spaghetti, meat sauce, bread, salad, and a dessert. We are accepting a free-will donation for each meal. Click Here to Pre-Order Your Meal Today!   The order page is our online donations...

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Whatever You Ask in My Name…Seriously?

"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." -John 14:13-14 I love giving things to my daughter.  I like giving her toys and making her favorite foods.  However, I also know that I need...

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Not My Will, But Thine Be Done – Sermon Follow Up

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” -Luke 22:42 This past Sunday at the North Campus we started a sermon series on The Abundant Life (John 10:10).  In the series we'll be looking at what the abundant life is that Jesus offers and how that abundant life is lived...

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Freed to Serve – Sermon Follow-Up

But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. —Romans 7:6 This last Sunday we finished up our sermon series, Invited, as we talked about how we are invited to be free....

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You Are Sent – Sermon Follow-Up

"As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world." -John 17:18 Yesterday we talked about how we have been made ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us (2 Cor 5:20).  At the North Campus we have a few songs at the beginning of our service and then one song at the end....

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Don't Judge Me! – Sermon Follow-Up

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you...

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Be Strong and Courageous – Old Testament Tuesday

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." -Joshua 1:9 I do love baseball. I love the history and the stories. I remember hearing about Hank Aaron coming to back against the Yankees in the World Series. Yogi berra...

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Happy Father's Day

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. “ -Exodus 20:12 This year on Fathers day my thoughts have turned to my father out in Arizona. He is awaiting back surgery but is waiting for his blood pressure and overall health to be a bit more stable...

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A World in Conflict – New Testament Thursday

"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." —Ephesians 6:13 With the tragic news of the shooting in Orlando on Sunday, we are all reminded that the world we live in is not a peaceful one....

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Take Refuge in Christ – Old Testament Tuesday

"But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you." —Psalm 5:11 Life is full of difficulties.  It may be financial struggles, marriage trouble, the loss of a loved one, or trying to come to grips with a horrific...

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In the Aftermath – Sermon Follow-Up

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I trust. Surely he will save me from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers and under his...

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Abba – New Testament Thursday

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” -Romans 8: 15-16 Tuesday night I was watching one of the few TV shows I watch NCIS (I am...

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Shocking Faith – New Testament Thursday

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because...

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Are You Ready? – Video Wednesday

"...but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect," -1 Peter 3:15 This video is going around a lot today because it's the ten year anniversary.  Guy  Goma, a cab...

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Oh Lord, How Majestic Is Your Name – Old Testament Tuesday

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you...

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Mom, You Are Forgiven – Sermon Follow-up

Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” -Luke 7:47-48 Yesterday was Mother's Day.  It's a day when we celebrate Moms and tell them how much we love them.  Hearing how much they are loved can warm...

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Honoring Moms – Free Day Friday

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13) I think everyone remembers this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Mothers and fathers play a crucial role in the world. In the second tablet of the Commandments given to Moses that is concerned with how people dealing with each other, parents are the first and most important ingredient...

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Off The Chain!

"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward...

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Prayer as a Last Resort – Old Testament Tuesday

Then Jonah prayed to his God from the belly of the fish. He prayed: “In trouble, deep trouble, I prayed to God. He answered me. From the belly of the grave I cried, ‘Help!’ You heard my cry. You threw me into ocean’s depths, into a watery grave, With ocean waves, ocean breakers crashing over me. I said, ‘I’ve been...

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