Lenten Blog – 3/20/2018

  "[Love] is not irritable or resentful." - 1 Corinthians 13:5 When I read this verse, my first thought was of Vicki Portfolio.  I can't think of a time I've seen her when she wasn't cheerful and kind.  I wish I could say that I am always like that, but I must confess that I have my days when I'm...

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Lenten Blog – 3/19/2018

My 1-year-old son, Eli, likes to have things his way.  When he wants something, he goes and grabs it.  When someone tries to make him do something he doesn't want to do, like take a nap, he throws a tantrum... I mean a full-on, scream-his-head-off, throw stuff, throw-himself-to-the-ground, tantrum.  It's bad when 1-year-old acts like this, but it's expected.  When...

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Lenten Blog – 3/18/2018

I had a discussion with someone recently about pride. Pride is difficult concept today because it can have different meanings, some good and some bad. You can be prideful (meaning arrogant) or you can be proud of the work you've done (satisfied and pleased). You can be known as being a proud person (boastful) or you can be known as...

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Lenten Blog – 03/17/2018

Happy St Patrick’s Day! I have always loved this day ever since I read the autobiography of Patrick.  It is the second autobiography ever written after ‘The Confessions of St Augustine,” being the first.  Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates in the late 400’s from Britain.  After six years as a slave working in fields, he escaped and returned home. ...

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Lenten Blog – 3/16/2018

Easter is getting closer and one of the ways I see this is in a perennial Lilly bulb that I planted 18 years ago. Here is a picture of the plant in front of the first building. The plant is looking like it can bloom in about a week or two. It usually blooms either the last week of March...

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Lenten Blog – 03/15/2018

One of my favorite challenges to give to the Confirmation class is to have them give different names of Jesus from the Bible. The group record was 71 that a class two years ago came up with. There are about 105-110 by most New Testament scholar's opinion. This second to the last verse of 1 John has one that was...

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Lenten Blog 2/28/2018

One of the great insights from the book we read at Book Club, “Life Together” was talking about praying the Psalms.  In fact, the prayer book that Jesus used was the Book of Psalms. Just as he taught us the Lord’s Prayer, we can also pray like Jesus when we pray the Psalms. I call on you, O God, for...

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Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/16/2018

One of the more common things we have in weekly worship services are the creeds. The more common are the Apostles and the Nicene Creed. These give a picture in the discussions and debates at the times they were written, namely, just who is Jesus and how can we describe the Trinity. We confess these as part of our faith...

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Announcements for the Week of September 17, 2017

                Please click on the desired image for a pdf or full-sized image of that announcement. It will open up in a new window. If you have any questions about the announcements, please contact Kimberly in the church office by email or at (813) 558-9343, extension 116.

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Announcements for the week of September 3, 2017

   Please click on the desired image for a pdf or full sized image of that announcement. It will open up in a new window. If you have any questions about the announcements, please contact Kimberly in the church office by email or at (813) 558-9343, extension 116.

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Announcements for the week of August 27, 2017

                Please click on the desired image for a pdf of that announcement. It will open up in a new window. If you have any questions about the announcements, please contact Kimberly in the church office by email or at (813) 558-9343, extension 116.

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Praying With Jesus: Good Friday

Today is one of the most important days of the year. It is Good Friday the day Jesus died on the cross. I am always asked by the kids in chapel why is this day called good, when the most terrible thing happened? Here is the answer. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so...

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Praying With Jesus: God's Timing

Can you keep a secret? Can you keep a secret from God? Absolutely not. Jesus knew of this plan and took steps to make sure it did not disrupt his plans. Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid...

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Praying With Jesus: Turn Me To You

We have started Holy Week and one of the things Jesus did this week caused quite a commotion in the Temple. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone...

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Praying With Jesus: Praying On Holy Ground

What is holy ground? I have heard of several Christian coffee shops using the name Holy Grounds. Holy ground is when we come into the presence of God. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up." When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to...

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Praying With Jesus: Jesus Is Always Beside Us

Monday I talked about praying in an unusual place. Today I want to talk about regular planned prayer and what Daniel did when he prayed toward Jerusalem. So King Darius put the decree in writing. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times...

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Praying With Jesus: Where We Are

Sometimes prayer is made with great sorrow and a heavy heart. There is a great example of this in the prayer of Hannah for a child. In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. And she made a vow, saying, "O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and...

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Praying With Jesus: Eternity In Our Hearts

I read this passage this morning in the devotion with the teachers. It involves one of the greatest difficulties we have in understanding God, time. I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has...

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Praying With Jesus: Praying Without Distraction

While you can pray at any time and in any place sometimes it is best to get away from everything to pray. Here is an example from the life and practice of Jesus. Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had...

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Praying with Jesus: Be Alert!

"And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." "I'll be praying for you." I've heard that phrase a lot and say it myself. You hear about something difficult someone is going through and you promise to pray for them....

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

For the last three days, we have done the prayer acrostic A.C.T.S. A is for adoration, C is for confession, T is for thanksgiving, and finally today S which stands for supplication. This may be the one where you do not know supplication means, but we can easily do this in prayer. Supplication is asking God for help. It may...

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

The third part of A.C.T.S. is T for thanksgiving. Is giving thanks a natural part of your prayer life? Sometimes kids need to be reminded to say thank you. This acrostic also reminds us to say thank you in our prayers. Some days it is easy. Right now I am in Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys with the...

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

Yesterday we discussed the first word of the prayer acrostic, A.C.T.S. with “Adoration.” The second word that is a great part of prayer is “Confession.” Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances to bring someone to confession like the younger son here in the parable of the prodigal son. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set...

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Praying With Jesus: A.C.T.S.

One way of having balance and focus in prayer is using this acrostic for prayer. A.C.T.S.  The idea here is to use these 4 differing aspects of prayer. The first of these is A for adoration. The Psalms are full of verses of adoration. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise...

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Praying With Jesus: Prayer is Worship

"Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem." This is something Jesus said to the woman at the well. She had asked where she should worship and Jesus' response is that it's not about the place you worship, but worshiping in spirit and in truth. Prayer...

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Praying With Jesus: Spirit and Truth

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." Do you ever struggle to know what to say when you pray or...

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Praying with Jesus: St. Patrick

Happy St. Patrick's Day! "Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying Without Distraction

Do you shut your eyes when you pray? I usually do except when praying while running or driving the car. As your Pastor, I advise you to do the same for your own safety and public safety. I like shutting my eyes because it takes prayer into a place where we leave our focus on this world. To help explain...

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Praying with Jesus: Sing Songs of Praise

Prayer happens in many ways and in many situations. This verse gives two different times of praying.  Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. (James 5:13)   I think we are all familiar with the prayers of those who are in trouble. When faced with problems people often...

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