The Christian Wallet: Part 2 – Spending with a Conscience May 1, 2016, Rev. Jonathan Crail

Whose money is it anyway? Did you know that your personal purchasing decisions hold global economic power – ultimately supporting or denying the very priorities you claim to hold true?

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The Christian Wallet Part 1, April 24, 2016, Rev. Jonathan Crail

We begin a four-week series based on Mike Slaughter’s book focused on how to manage the resources God gives us in a joyful and less-stressful way!

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The Deepest Friendship, Friendship Sunday, April 17, 2016, Rev. Jonathan Crail

Jesus is the ultimate friend, who knows us fully and loves us anyway! But he also gave us the Church, a community of faith where we can find deep and profound relationships that help us become more like Christ and help us make it through the ups and downs of life.

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Who Saves the Church?, Sunday, April 10, 2016, Guest Speaker: Rev. Eric Doolittle, Chaplain, North Central College

Do we need to save the young people of today for the future of the Church, or do they need to save us?

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Seriously Joyful Followers of Jesus, Holy Humor Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sharing the joy of Resurrection with mirth and merriment is not about a lack of seriousness and commitment!

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Forever Changed, Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Resurrection of Christ Jesus means we have new life, and everlasting life!

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Encounter: An Invitation to Freedom, Sunday, March 13, 2016

Christ wants to set us free from the demons, the things that bind us!

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Encounter: An Invitation to See, Sunday, March 6, 2016

When we meet Jesus, where we once were blind, we now can see!


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Encounter: An Invitation to Grace, Sunday, February 28, 2016

When we encounter Jesus we find forgiveness and mercy rather than the condemnation and wrath we may deserve.

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Encounter: An Invitation to Follow, Sunday, February 21, 2016

In our encounters with Jesus he challenges us in our lifestyle, relationship priorities, and our indecisiveness.

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Encounter: An Invitation to Change, Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lent reminds us that we are mortal and have a limited number of days on earth.  Remembering that “from dust you came, and to dust you shall return” pushes us to focus on what’s really important, and to resolve to move forward in building God’s Kingdom.

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin? Half-Truths – Part 5, Sunday, February 7, 2016

It might sound gracious, but it still puts us in the position of trying to get a sliver our of our neighbor’s eye while ignoring the log in our own eye.

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God Helps Those Who Help Themselves? Half-Truths – Part 2, Sunday, January 10, 2016

It’s not a Bible verse and its not a primary message of Scripture.

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Everything Happens for a Reason? Half-Truths – Part 1, Sunday, January 3, 2016

Does God really cause everything – good and bad? Is God a micro-manger or perhaps a hands-off clock-maker? What does the Bible teach about our role in the midst of God’s universal rule?

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Why Less Is Usually More, Antidotes for the Out-of-Control Life – Part 4, Sunday, January 25, 2015

Accumulating more and more stuff doesn’t make us happier, it adds more stress and worry.  When we simplify our wants, we have greater control over our finances and find greater peace.

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Finding Peace in a High Anxiety World, Antidotes for the Out-of-Control Life – Part 3, Sunday, January 18, 2015

The stresses of work, finances, and family relationships take their toll.  How do we find peace amidst all the anxious moments that life throws at us?

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If I Don’t Do It…, Antidotes for the Out-of-Control Life – Part 2, Sunday, January 11, 2015

It’s nice to be needed, but as much as we often think otherwise, the world doesn’t really revolve around us.  Come learn how to balance activities and even how to say “No” to good things so we might do great things.

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Slowing Down in a Hurry Up World, Antidotes for the Out-of-Control Life – Part 1, Sunday, January 4, 2015

21st Century life can be extremely hectic.  We don’t know if we are coming or going.  We don’t have time to eat well or to stop and smell the roses. God intends our lives to be different and gave us the gift of Sabbath so we might know real Peace/Shalom!

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Expect a Miracle, Sunday, November 30, 2014

We may be looking for a Savior, for God to be present with us this season, but what will the Divine look like in the midst of our broken world? Christ often shows up in ways we least expect!

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A Year from Now, Sunday, November 16, 2014 — A Look at the Next Year at First UMC