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Strengthening Your Family Relationships by Organizing Your Technology

  As Christians, we can rightfully view technology as a gift or tool from God to use for God’s glory and our good. Technology is great because it can help us bond with the people we love; it can be utilized to start meaningful conversations, and it can help us cultivate awe for God’s beauty in the world. While technology is both a gift and a tool, we kno...

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What About Philippians 1:15-18 As it Relates to "Tricky Teachers"?

  On the last week of our "Tricky Teachers" Sermon Series we opened it up to the congregation for Q&A. We ended up spending almost all of our time together just talking with one another. Asking questions to each other and clarifying difficult passages. What a privilege to be a part of a Church where our questions can be asked!  One question that was asked w...

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Follow-Up Resources from "Tricky Teaching" Sermon Series

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In this blog post we are including our power point slides from our "Tricky Teaching" Sermon Series, follow-up articles and resources, and some of the main criteria to use for discerning tricky teaching. Enjoy!     From “Tricky Teaching” Series titled, “Tricky Preaching” by Pastor Tom. Preached on September 24th, 2017:  For Sermon S...

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1 Peter: A Video Overview

Check this out: An 8 minute artistic explanation of the book of 1 Peter. Helpful if you are looking to gain a "big-picture" understanding of the book.   Read Scripture- 1 Peter And, if you liked that one...There are more! Click on the following link if you'd like to learn more from the creators of this video and see other helpful videos like this one:  https:...

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Holy Week Devotional Resources

Looking for devotionals, videos or activities to help you experience Holy Week more Biblically this year? Look no further! Below are some links to get you started. We have three separate categories: The first category includes resources for adults, the next set of resources are for families and the last category has a bunch of resources directed towards children. Enjoy! ...

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Pre-Sunday Musings: 5 Ways Your Pastor Should Help You

This upcoming Sunday our sermon will be on the topic of what the church does. Pastor Tom and I will be discussing Doctrines #11 and #13 of our Doctrinal Statement. In thinking about all that God has called us to do as we follow Him, I asked myself: What should all this look like for me practically as one of the Pastors of Holden Chapel? Personally: How can I be helping o...

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How This Pastor Prepares for a New Sermon Series

Happy 2017 Errbody! If you ask me, now is a P.E.R.F.E.C.T time to begin a new sermon series - and that is exactly what we are about to do. This upcoming Sunday, we will be starting a new Winter Sermon Series Titled, "Do Our Beliefs Matter?"   In this new series, we will explore together the contents of our doctrinal statement as we try to figure out how our beliefs ...

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Characteristics of a Godly Counselor

We are thankful for God’s Word as we journey this month through the book of Isaiah, and especially, Isaiah 9:6 – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” In the first week of our Advent series, we fo...

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Good, Better, or New?

I have been hearing a lot of talk lately about people wanting to change their lives. When I was young, the term to use was "good life." Today it is a "better life." The way I understand it, this new term is defined by the following: To have a steady job, friends, car, house, money, party, drink alcohol, do drugs (socially of course) or maybe make money and give many gifts...

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Hope Has Set Us Free!

I have been burdened with the plight of the next generation. I first want to say that the chains that are binding you have been cut by the Blood of Christ Jesus that He shed on the Cross. With this burden on my heart I had a dream or vision. There were two people: One male the other female. They were both bound by chains to a large wall. They appeared to be happy but goin...

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