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Reclaimed, Redeemed, Reworked… In the Potter’s Hands

23 Mar

 

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“And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.” Jeremiah 18:4

Our one day Women’s retreat was an informative day of fun and fellowship centered around God’s great grace. As He did over and over with the nation of Judah, so He does with us—extending undeserved grace after we continuously fall short; repeating patterns of disobedience and sinful behavior. He offers us…

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Open the Doors of Grace

21 Feb

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“do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4

How we react to others’ brokenness speaks volumes. Do we circle the herd, lean in, speak truth to the one who is dying inside, struggling, wrecked, and alone; wading in and meeting our sister where she is…

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Salt in the Spoiling Places | Living on Mission

7 Feb

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“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” — Matthew 5:13-14

“Jesus calls his disciples to exert a double influence on the society – a negative influence by arresting its decay and a positive influence by bringing light into its darkness. For it is one thing to stop the spread of evil; it is another to promote the spread of truth, beauty and goodness.” — John R. W. Stott

In the days before household refrigeration salt was used as a preservative to slow decay. In much the same way we…

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Holiday Detox | Review, Renew, Refocus!

31 Jan

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TACC Women’s Ministries hosted “Holiday Detox” an event designed to help us focus on reviewing our walk with Christ, renewing our commitment to Him and refocusing the use of our time and talents to accomplish the Lord’s purposes. A number of ladies came together to fellowship, share yummies, sing praises to the Lord — a big thank you to the “A” team Abby and Anna, and hear from our own Anna Lichte whose discussion led us to the feet of Jesus and…

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Feeling Gratitude, Giving Thanks

22 Nov

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“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:1-5

As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday many of us are readying ourselves for the simultaneous joy and apprehension that often accompanies the gathering of families. Perhaps you picture the Rockwellian family ideal ― breaking bread, gathering, sharing, reflecting, loving togetherness or maybe instead, your table…

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Hospitality | An Invitation to Gather, Love, & Share

15 Nov

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“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:13

“Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9″

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2

This is the time of the year when the focus shifts and we ramp up for the coming holiday season. With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon some of us will travel; enjoying the welcome of others and some of us will host family or other visitors into our home. The emphasis is often on entertaining rather than servings. We strive for the perfect tableau, copying the impossible Pinterest tablescapes — the right china, the perfect place setting, and whimsical unique place cards. Now there is a time…

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Simple Gifts | Blessing in a Box

8 Nov

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Bring Good News and great joy to boys and girls around the world!

A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child (OCC).

OCC brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations worldwide through simple, gift-filled shoe boxes. Samaritan’s Purse will deliver your gifts to hurting children while also telling them about God’s greatest gift – his Son, Jesus Christ…

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Put on the New Self | Love That Completes

13 Sep

lovegodloveothers“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” —Philippians 1:6, ESV

On the day God’s love overtook your heart and you understood what Christ’s work on the cross accomplished you became a work in progress—incomplete. Like an unfinished canvas we are…

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One Body, Many Members | Why Unity Matters

30 Aug

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“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another” Ephesians 4:25, ESV

“Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together,” Corrie Ten Boom.

The want for unity, community, togetherness flows outward from a heart’s othercenteredness. It stems from an investment in others –a knowing, an understanding. It is a want –an inclination for harmony within the Church –the Body of Christ. Paul’s desire for the Chruch was that it be “knit together in love” Colossians 2:2; alive in Christ, united in Christ, adopted as sons and daughters; heirs who together share their knowledge of Christ, edify and strengthen each other as each contributes something unique to the Body –joints and ligaments Ephesians 4:16, hands, feet, eyes, and ears 1 Corinthians 12:14-21.A Church Body missing its feet or eyes would…

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Finding Calm in the Storm

20 Jun

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Finding Calm in the Storm by Marci Lopez

Do you ever get motion sick? I do. When Pastor Bob talks about motion sickness in a sermon, I relate. Travel in general is tough for me no matter the conveyance –car, plane, boat, amusement park ride –the rockier the motion the more ill I feel and the greater the suffering. This is true during times of turmoil as well. When the ebb and flow of every day turns into a tumultuous toss and turn like angry seas during a storm, that’s when I feel an anxious sick, a disequilibrium where a foothold is not easily gained.It is during those times…

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