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 3/7/2018

Love can make us do things that we wouldn't normally do. I've always found it interesting how things that irritate us when one person does them don't bother us when someone else, whom we love, does them. Patience can definitely be one of those things we give some, but not others. Love is patient." (1 Corinthians 13:4) However, God does...

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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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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: Waiting…

Yesterday was one of the most important days of the church year when we remember Jesus' death on the cross. Tomorrow is another important day, Easter, when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection. But today... We wait. "But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me." (Micah...

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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: Not My Will, But Thine

We want what we want, but that's not necessarily what is best either for us or for others. Are you willing to submit to the will of God when you pray? "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." -Luke 22:42 I've got a long list of things I pray...

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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: Praying in Secret

Sometimes we pray for others while we are with them.  Sometimes we pray together in a worship service.  Sometimes we pray together before a meal or in family devotions.  Sometimes, though, we pray by ourselves, alone...in secret. "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who...

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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: Strong Enough Faith?

"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" - Mark 9:24 Yesterday, we looked at how we can ask God to help us when we struggle to believe. This verse speaks to another reality as well...whether God responds to weak faith. Some people have made the claim that if we have super strong faith, God will do super amazing miracles,...

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Praying with Jesus: I Believe. Help My Unbelief

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” - Mark 9:24 These are the words of a father desperate for his demon-possessed son to be made well. He had just watched the disciples fail time after time for hours trying to drive out the demon and now Jesus was there. His belief was waning, but now Jesus, Himself, was there...

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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: Then You Will Call On Me

"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you." - Jeremiah 29:12 Suffering isn't fun.  No one really wants to go through a tough time.  But sometimes we need to. When this passage from Jeremiah was written (it was in a letter from Jeremiah), the Israelites had lost the promised land and...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying for the Lost

"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people" - Ephesians 1:18 Today was my son, Eli's, baptism. I've always loved baptisms because of the promise God gives us that through baptism He will...

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Praying With Jesus: Change My Heart

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -his good, pleasing and perfect will." - Romans 12:2 Why do we pray? Are we asking God to help us? Are we trying to manipulate God into doing what...

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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: Help! I'm Tempted

"Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation." - Matthew 26-41a We pray to God when we need things, when we are scared, even when we are happy, but what about when we are tempted? Sometimes that can be a difficult time to pray. First, though, we should identify what temptation is. Temptation isn't a sin, itself, it...

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Praying with Jesus: Short and Sweet

"And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words." - Matthew 6-7 One thing I've learned writing blogs is that you have to be short and sweet. If the blog post is too long, people don't make it all the way through...or they don't read it...

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Praying with Jesus: Pray for Your Enemies

"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" - Matthew 5:44 It's easy to pray for my wife and kids. It's easy to pray for my friends. Even those people I don't know aren't too hard to pray for, but what about those who actively seek to hurt me? That's not so easy. Yet,...

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