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Why Join a Church?

As we look forward to our upcoming Membership 101 gathering, we want to share this great article about why you should join a church. This post was written by David Mathis and originally appeared at Desiring God. One of the most counter-cultural things you can do is become an engaged member of a faithful local church. In our flighty and noncommittal age, neither non-Chr...

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An Introduction to the Psalms

For the last seven weeks, Pastor Steve Heron has walked us through the book of Ruth. Last week, we discovered that part of Ruth's redemption story is that she bears a son named Obed. Obed becomes the father of Jesse, who we know as the father of David (Ruth 4:21), who became the King of Israel. Well, this week, we begin a new series called Summer in the Psalms. ...

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How Do I Disciple My Kids?

Just the other day, someone asked our family, “How do I disciple my kids?” What a great question! As we have written about before, our church is blessed to have a fantastic children’s ministry, with our staff and volunteers leading the kids in worship every Sunday with a mix of stories, songs and activities that teach the bible from Genesis to Revelation....

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Motherhood is a Calling

This Sunday is Mother's Day. As we honor the mothers in our lives, we also acknowledge that this celebration is difficult for many because of personal loss, strained relationships, or because God, in his sovereignty, has not provided children.This week we wanted to share this post, which answers the question: “What is the calling of a mother?” It was written by...

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What is Baptism?

  This Sunday our church will celebrate baptism, so we want to take the opportunity to ask "What is baptism?" Take a moment to read the article below, which was written by David Mathis and originally appeared at Desiring God, that will help us answer that question as we prepare for Baptism Sunday. Visible words. That was the Reformers’ term for baptis...

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What If I Don't Want To Pray?

  This week, Pastor Steve Heron preached from Colossians 4:2-4 on prayer. Check out the article below, which originally appreared at Desiring God,  to learn some further tips on how to pray, especially when it seems hard. Few aspects of the Christian life can cause God’s people more guilt than a lack of personal, private prayer. Few disciplines in the C...

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How Faith Affects Our Work

  This week, Pastor AJ Rankin preached from Colossians 3:22-4:1 on work - something we spend over half of our waking hours doing. How do we view our work in light of the gospel? Check out the article below, written by Tim Keller, on how our faith affects our work.  Morals First, the Christian faith gives us a moral compass, an inner GPS giving us ethical g...

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Saying Goodbye to Sunday Morning-Only Christianity

We want to equip our people to live all of life under the lordship of Jesus Christ with his empowering presence. Living in gospel-saturated community is crucial for our spiritual growth. With that in mind, check out the article below - written by Jeff Vanderstelt for The Verge - and consider how you can get involved in a community of believers. For far too many Christ...

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Women and Men

Last week Pastor Steve Heron preached from Colossians about the role of a Christian wife, and this week he will focus on the role of a Christian husband. As Steve mentioned Sunday, the scriptures teach that God created us in his image, with men and women as equals, but gave us different roles to fulfill. For both single and married - this is a topic that is extremely im...

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Why Is Church Membership Important?

In our study of Colossians, Pastor Steve Heron has hit on the importance of Christian community - having people in your life who will help you grow, encourage you, be patient with you, and who will hold you accountable for when you mess up. Our hope is to be a church who lives up to this standard, pursuing community together and building one another up in love.  Me...

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Make Your Super Bowl Missional

This article was written by Jon Dansby and originally appeared on The Verge. The Super Bowl is coming up and, whether you like football or not, it’s a very big deal to the ones we want to reach with the gospel. One of the most basic principles of biblical mission is a willingness to adopt someone else’s culture to reach them for Christ. Paul explains this...

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Four Ways to Serve This Christmas

This post originally appeared on The Verge Network and was written by Chris Allman. Whether out of genuine desire to provide a happy holiday for the marginalized or out of sheer guilt, Christmas is the time we ramp up our acts of service. Perhaps it’s just a necessary response to the onslaught of opportunities we’re exposed to this time of year. No matter t...

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Why We Celebrate Advent

Why Advent?      The people walking in darknesshave seen a great light;     on those living in the land of deep darknessa light has dawned.                   (Isaiah 9:2) It’s that time of year again. No sooner than the turkey and dressing is polished off on Thanksgiving day do we quick...

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5 Ways to Have a Missional Thanskgiving

This post was written by Seth McBee and originally appeared on The Verge Network.  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends...

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Don't Say God is Silent with Your Bible Closed

This post was written by Matt Brown and originally appeared at Desiring God. “Don’t say God is silent when your Bible is closed.” I don’t know who said or shared it first, but it’s clear this simple statement resonates with many, at least it has with me. These ten words rebuke our fear that God might be inactive or uncaring in the brokenne...

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Kids Ministry is Not Second Rate Ministry

As we gear up for another fall season, we want to take a few weeks to highlight a very important aspect of our church: Centerpoint Kids. Our Kids team does a wonderful job, but we need new volunteers to join in and help them! Take some time to consider how you can be involved with the children's ministry at Centerpoint as you read this article.   This following wa...

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Six Ways Not To Waste Your Summer

This post was writen by Jeff Vanderstelt and originally appeared at saturatetheworld.com   Listen. Bless. Serve. Enjoy. July in Washington means the wet clouds have been chased away by longer sunny days, the Northwest hibernators are coming out of their caves. Summer in the Pacific Northwest is the best time to meet your neighbors and develop better friendships ...

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Saying Goodbye to Sunday Morning Only Christianity

This post was written by Jeff Vanderstelt and originally appeared on The Verge Network. For far too many Christians, the idea of being part of a church simply means attending a Sunday morning service, maybe a small group, or a sprinkling of special events each year. Is that what God had in mind for his bride, the Church, when he sent his son to save her? No. Jesus ...

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Speed Limits Are a Call to Worship

This post was written by John Piper and originally appeared at Desiring God. “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution. . . . Live as people who are free” (1 Peter 2:13, 16). Isn’t it remarkable that subjection and freedom are so in tension here? They’re in tension, but they’re not in contradiction. Free people d...

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25 Ways to Be Missional in Your Neighborhood

This post was originally published on the Verge Network by Josh Reeves, lead pastor of Redeemer Church in Round Rock, Texas. I have found that it is often helpful to have practical ideas to start engaging the people around me. Most of the things on this list are normal, everyday things that many people are already doing. The hope is that we would do these things wi...

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What Does It Really Mean to Be #Blessed

This article was originally posted on Desiring God by Vaneetha Rendall Risner, a freelance writer and a regular contributor to Desiring God.   Feeling blessed is in vogue. A quick look at Facebook and Twitter shows how many people today feel #blessed. In our social-media world, saying you’re blessed can be a way of boasting while trying to sound h...

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Engaging Gospel Relationships

As a new church plant approaching our second year, Centerpoint Church is still taking notes on the front row on how to be a people who are mobilized as missionary disciples where we live, work and play. So how are we seeking to live with Gospel intentionality and be the church Monday through Saturday? Gospel Culture Our vision is knowing Jesus, building community and eng...

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Ten Ways Easter Changes Everything

This post is a transcript of a Desiring God interview with Dr. Matthew Harmon, professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College & Theological Seminary.   At first, it can seem like to claim that the resurrection changes everything is an example of hype, but as you read the Bible and you understand all that flows out of Jesus’s resurrection, it is...

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Ideas for a Missional Easter

This year we have the opportunity to celebrate Easter both together as a church, and by inviting others into our traditions. We want to encourage you to begin thinking how your family and community group can use Easter as an opportunity for mission. This post was originally featured on the blog of Emmaus Road Church. A Missional Easter Our mission is to make and...

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The Bible Is Alive and Active

As we begin a new month of Daily Bible Readings for the month of March, here is an article written by Pastor Tim Keller on what he has learned about the Bible. The original article appeared in his church's monthly Redeemer Report.    Western society used to be basically divided between people who (1) respected the Bible as “the truth” but didn&rsq...

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1Charleston: The Great Co+Mission

Coming Together To Embrace Diversity In the Church The 1Charleston Conference is about equipping Christians and churches to be on mission, together. This year at Charleston Southern University, leaders sought to demonstrate how overcoming racial and cultural divides can be used as a means of displaying the power of the Gospel. Over the course of one Saturday, those who ca...

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A Prayer for the Sanctity of Life

This article was originally posted on The Gospel Coalition by Scotty Smith, founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN.  I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear ...

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Your Bible Is a Gold Mine

The word of Christ dwells richly in the one who dwells in it long enough to discover its riches (Col. 3:16). The Bible is the divine mine that contains the theological mother load. Any theology book based on it is only a small fraction of the Bible’s unquantifiable wealth. That’s why there will be no end to theological book publishing. The wonderful thing abou...

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Advent: Day 24

December 24: Read Luke 1:38,46-50   “I am the servant of the Lord.” Once Mary had the assurance and the promise that nothing was impossible with God, she willingly risked reputation, probably even her life, and accepted the challenge of being the human instrument needed to cradle within her the Son of God. Mary had the capacity of servanthood. H...

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5 Reasons to Read the Entire Bible

Editor's Note: This article was orginially posted on The Gospel Coalition by Jeff Robinson - senior editor, pastor, and Southern Seminary adjunct professor. I vividly recall two conversations with pastors shortly after I surrendered to pastoral ministry in the late-1990s. The conversations were pivotal because in them I was exposed to two divergent approaches to ministr...

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Feast Upon the Word in the New Year

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4), and the prophet Jeremiah wrote, "Your words were found, and I ate them,and your words became to me a joyand the delight of my heart,for I am called by your name,O LORD, God of hosts." (Jer. 15:16) And yet, believers often struggle to regularly and ...

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Reading the Bible in 2016

Centerpoint Church is starting of 2016 with a renewed commitment to be people who know Jesus through His word. We are giving you some resources to help you join in with us. Download the daily readings or pick up a bookmark on Sunday morning at the info table. We look forward to seeing what the Lord will do as we seek Him together. Why Read the Bible? The Bible is God...

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Advent: Day 23

Advent: Day 23 Read Luke 1:34-35 “Mary said to the angel, ‘How will this be?’” Sometimes, the challenges we face in life feel impossible. Regardless of what some say, this is true even when we are trying to walk close to the Lord and in the light we celebrate at a time like Advent. Even in the midst of our questions and doubt, he who promi...

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Be an Advent Gift of Encouragement

For most of us, Advent is not a season of peace. It’s an extraordinarily busy, often stressful season. That is not necessarily a bad thing. The first Advent was certainly anything but peaceful. It began with a contemplation of divorce, was accompanied by numerous confusing, unplanned detours, and was consummated in a stable of desperation. The Prince of peace brought a ...

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Advent: Day 22

December 22: Read Luke 2:8-20 “There were shepherds out in the field,keeping watch over their flock.” God chose the shepherds to hear the gospel proclamation first. He sent the angelic choir in all of its majesty and splendor, to herald the good news. He provided a way for Joseph and Mary to get the child to the exact place where Old Testament prophecy...

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Advent: Day 21

December 21: Read Luke 2:1-7   “She gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” When God looks into our lives, all of the business of our days, rushing to malls, fighting traffic, meeting deadlines, hurrying off to parties, cooking, baking, wrapping...

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Advent: Day 20

December 20: Read Luke 1:26-30 “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God” If God broke into human history once again as he did at the birth of Jesus, would he find us “favorable?” Mary’s own testimony, recorded for the world to see, is phenomenal. What made her favorable to God? We might imagine several character tr...

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Advent: Day 19

December 19: Read Matthew 2:19-21 “Herod died.” Kings and kingdoms will all pass away, but there is something about the name of Jesus. In God’s sovereign plan, he provided a way of escape for his son on more than one occasion. This is because God’s plan is greater than man’s, and greater than Satan’s. His plan for your life is greater than any other to...

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Advent: Day 18

December 18: Read Matthew 2:16-18 “Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertainedfrom the wise men.” God has a plan, but Herod’s plan was to end the life of Jesus be...

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Advent: Day 17

December 17: Read Matthew 2:13-15 “Behold, an angel of the Lord appearedto Joseph in a dream.” Joseph’s mind must have been clear and clean, for God spoke to him in dreams. This clarity allowed him to be effective and aware in protecting his vulnerable family. Ask God to do a miracle in cleansing the hearts and minds of his people. Media influences such as ...

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Advent: Day 16

December 16: Read Matthew 2:12   "Being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way." After worshiping Jesus, they returned another way. Real worship accomplishes this. To worship is to become vulnerable to the sovereignty of another. Real worship effects personal change. You cannot have a real encounter with ...

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O Come Again, Emmanuel

Although the author of O Come, O Come Emmanuel ambled into history as “anonymous,” his poignant song has traveled from 12th century monasteries to modern-day hymnbooks. The mournful melody juxtaposed with the lyrical command to “rejoice” may strike some as peculiar, but for Christians, the song reaffirms our heart’s deep desire for Christ&rsqu...

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Advent: Day 15

December 15: Read Matthew 2:11 "Going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold, and frankincense and myrrh." Advent reminds us that God is the giver of every good and perfect gift. God loved and gave! It has also been sugegsted that the tradition of giv...

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Advent: Day 14

December 14: Read Matthew 2:9-10 “When they saw the star, they rejoicedexceedingly with great joy.“ Interruptions come our way so often, we learn to expect them. Opposition comes once in awhile, and we learn to ignore it. Sometimes the temptation to change our focus seems like the right thing to do. The Magi heard the king, but then they went on their way. Wh...

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Advent: Day 13

December 13: Read Matthew 2:3-8 “Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.’” Two biblical principles emerge from this passage: ...

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Advent: Day 12

December 12: Read Matthew 2:1-2 “We ... have come to worship him.“ Why do you worship the Lord? Make a list and place on it all of the reasons you find to worship Jesus. Your answers may include: He healed the sick. He fed the five thousand. He walked on water. He died for my sin. He rose from the grave. Not one of those reasons mattered to t...

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Advent: Day 11

December 11: Read Matthew 1:24-25 “He did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.” Without obedience, there would have been a very different ending to the story of Christmas. Joseph did what he was told. Plenty of room for question, but instead, he simply offered obedience. If obedience replaced pride, fear, and replaced laziness, God could change our...

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Keeping the Heart in Our Christmas Traditions

I made spritz cookies the other day — those beautiful cookies that look like Christmas trees and taste like almonds and butter, sprinkled with colored sugar on top. For those of us of Scandanavian or Germanic background these cookies have been a holiday tradition for generations. However, spritz cookies are also notoriously difficult to make. The butter in the dough (an...

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Advent: Day 10

December 10: Read Matthew 1:22-23 “They shall call his name Immanuel(which means, God with us).” With grace and dignity, many who have suffered greatly and survived cancer, remark that the name, Immanuel (God with us), had taken on a deeper meaning to them. Hopefully, you will never have to experience anything so tragic and threatening as cancer to di...

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Advent: Day 9

December 9: Read Matthew 1:18-21 “The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.” Notice Joseph tried to intervene and take care of the situation quietly and discretely. What if he had succeeded? It would only have taken ...

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Advent: Day 8

December 8: Read Matthew 1:16-17 “…and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. So allthe generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations." Take a mo...

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Advent: Day 7

December 7: Read Micah 5:2-5 "O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me  one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days." Here is one more evidence that God keeps his word perfectly. It is a promise, actually a prophecy concerning the birthplace of our Lo...

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Advent: Day 6

DECEMBER 6: Read Joel 2:28-29 "In those days I will pour out my Spirit." Here’s yet another promise kept by God. He keeps his promises to us because he is faithful and true. As you experience this time of remembering God’s promises, allow his Spirit to search your heart. Be faithful to deal with everything that the Holy Spirit brings to the light. Following ti...

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Advent: Day 5

DECEMBER 5: Read Jeremiah 31:31-34 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel." The Old Testament is a road sign pointing toward Jesus. It points to God’s promises for you and me. Here is just one of them which God has already fulfilled in the birth and life of Jesus. Wouldn’t it be a grea...

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Advent: Day 4

DECEMBER 4: Read Isaiah 61:1-3 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.” This was the text for one of Jesus’ first sermons. It almost cost him his life. His entire ministry can be seen as an investment in human need. What can be said about your personal ministry? How many needs will...

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Advent: Day 3

DECEMBER 3: Read Isaiah 9:6-7 “His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” We celebrate the season of Advent because God has entered human history in the form of a man. Never before and never since has humanity had a greater hope than in Jesus. When you are confused, discouraged, or brokenhearted, h...

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Advent: Day 2

DECEMBER 2: Read Isaiah 43:1-5 "I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior... I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior... I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King." The gospel is: “I am accepted through Jesus, therefore I obey.”Religion is: “I obey, therefore I am accepted by God.” So th...

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Advent and the Incarnation

Advent is my yearly reminder to sharpen and deepen my understanding of the incarnation. So in this spirit, this is the first in a series of four Advent posts related to the incarnation. What Is the Incarnation? The incarnation refers literally to the in-fleshing of the eternal Son of God—Jesus becoming human. The doctrine of the incarnation says that the eternal se...

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Advent: Day 1

DECEMBER 1: Read Isaiah 11:1-2 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him. (Isa. 11:1-2) Have you ever picked up a piece of grass or a plant and seen the roots? Usually they are hidden but they are very important to the life of a plant or tree. Often we speak of o...

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Kids' Advent Reading Plan

Kids' Advent Reading Plan: Jesus Storybook Bible Advent is a season of anticipation and preparation. The word advent comes from the Latin adventus, which means coming. We wait with anticipation as we prepare to celebrate Christmas. As we wait, we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ. We have a lot to be excited about. During this season we are celebr...

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What Is Advent?

As we begin our Advent series "He Has Come", we have provided resources to help your family celebrate and worship during this season. Copies of both our adult devotionals and "Jesus Storybook Bible" reading guides are available at the Sunday connect area. You will also be able to access the daily devotionals here, on our blog. Below is a short introduction to the Adve...

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