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New Adult Bible Class Plan

I'm delighted to share with you a new curriculum plan for MPC's Sunday Morning Adult Bible Classes, which was recently approved by the elders. For a while now we've sensed the need to develop an ABC curriculum plan that would help us get a handle on when to teach, what to teach, and how to deliver the teaching to a variety of learners. The new plan divides our ABC year in...

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The Legacy of the Reformation

Martin Luther, commemorated on February 18 Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (2006), 15. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] On October 31st, 1517, the German monk and professor Martin Luther posted a list of 95 theses that sought to reform the beliefs and practices of the medieval Catholic Church according to the teachings of the Bible. Luther's ...

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Faith It... Whether You Feel It Or Not

Early in my walk with Christ I remember being told to "fake it till you feel it." I was advised that when I don't feel like reading God's Word, praying, or obeying Him in some specific way, to "just fake it (do it anyway) and the feelings will follow." But while this sounds like good advice, I don't think it quite measures up to what the Bible teaches. I think the Apostle ...

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A Community of Relaxed Rigor

Jesus stated plainly that he did not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets but instead came to fulfill them. 'Therefore', he continues, 'anyone who relaxes the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven but whoever does them and teaches others to do them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.' 'Indeed,' Jes...

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Considering Advent

How is Advent meaningful when we know the message and the story so well? Because Advent is not just about remembering God's story, but rather a time to have our lives undone and rewritten into God's story....

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Offering Ourselves: Spiritual Worship

The Apostle St. Paul reminds us of this: "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." (Romans 12:1, ESV) The way we will be a people who influence others, and in so doing increase the fame and renown of Jesus, is this: We are sent as a people who hav...

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An Invitation to Rest

A Message of Hope (Attributed to Oscar A. Romero Archbishop of San Salvador) It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the ...

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What Does Loving My Neighbor Mean for Me?

"At its best, 'missional' describes not a special activity of the church but the very essence and identity of the church as it takes up its role in God's story in the context of its culture and participates in God's mission to the world." Michael Goheen, A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story The gospel of grace offers a picture of celebra...

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Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description

Sermon: "Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description" Series: Grace for the Church, Hope for the World Bible Text:Titus 1:5-9 (focus on vs. 9) Preached May 5, 2013 by Jimmy Davis Download or Listen Here: "Grace-Filled Leaders: A Job Description" Sermon Summary: In Titus 1:5-8, Paul is giving us a description of the character of Grace-Filled Leaders. These are the charact...

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Grace-Filled Leaders: A Case Study

Sermon:"Grace-Filled Leaders: A Case Study" Series:Grace for the Church, Hope for the World Bible Text:Titus 1:10-16 Preached May 12, 2013 by David Ridenhour Download Sermon Summary: In Titus 1:10-16, Paul is moving from a description of who leaders in the church are and what they are doing to an immediate need case study. On Crete, Titus is encountering people who a...

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