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Sorrow to Joy

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Posted by Brett Toney on

Next week is a special week. Yes, no week is more or less holy than another, but next week presents the opportunity to join with Christians the world over in giving particular focus to why we are not to be pitied most among men (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:19). As we anticipate giving special focus next ...

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Tags: devotional, easter, good friday, holy week

Upcoming Trip to Kenya

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Posted by Ben Gingell on

With the Africa trip being a little over a month away, I was asked to share my feelings about the trip so far. I would say I'm a little nervous about all the unknowns and things that could go wrong, but mainly I am excited. I'm excited to help lead games for all the kids from the different ...

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Tags: great commission, missions, orphan

Praying & Two Wills in God

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Posted by JJ Sherwood on

During the summer of 2001, I was working as a summer programmer at Camp Barakel. Camp always begins the summer season with two weeks of counselor training, and I will never forget one particular workshop session. We all gathered in the East Side chapel and Dan ...

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Tags: god's will, grace, prayer, reformed

Christ, Not Kids, at the Center

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Posted by Brett Toney on

The audio from the session of the marriage seminar, "Christ, Not Kids, at the Center" is now available. Mike & Susan Hanafee shared about how even in the throes of parenting, Christ must remain the central, orienting figure in your marriage. In the first two sessions of the seminar, Mike ...

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Tags: marriage, parenting

Members' Meeting Recap (2/17)

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Posted by Brett Toney on

At our members’ meeting last night, we touched on a number of exciting updates: We approved Dwayne & Patricia Provo to join as covenant members; Amy Prange and Margaret Robertson were unanimously voted on to serve as deaconesses; and Pastor JJ announced Jim Gardner as a new elder ...

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Tags: building, eldership, membership

The G Family-Transplanting their Joy

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Posted by Debby Schmitt on

Being born and raised in southern California, there were many significant "firsts" arriving here in Michigan almost 25 years ago. That first winter Surprised, the birth of my third child and coming here to Five Points 15 years ago. First friends here in Michigan hold a special place in my heart ...

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Trip to Kisumu

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Posted by Evelyn Van Sloten on

A team of thirteen people will be travelling to Kenya in April to minister to orphans and their communities. There are five care points we will be visiting—there are fifty orphans ministered to on a weekly basis at each one—and we will spend two days at each location. We will have an ...

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Tags: aids, missions, orphan

How People Change Seminar Resources

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Posted by Brett Toney on

On Saturday, we had the pleasure of hosting Jonathan Holmes, pastor for counseling at Parkside Church, for a seminar on sanctification. Jonathan spent the day teaching through the process and dynamics of biblical change. The audio from all six sessions are now available. Also available is the ...

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He Will Save

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Posted by JJ Sherwood on

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.Matthew 1.21 Every Christmas advertisement proclaims to have "the" thing you and your family need this holiday season. The reality, however, is that nothing you buy on this earth ...

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Tags: advent

NOEL: Come & See What God Has Done

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Posted by JJ Sherwood on

This Advent at Five Points, we invite you to come and see what God has done. For some, this is a well known story. One you have heard since before you can remember. For others, this might be the first time you have heard it. Nevertheless, for all of us, there are always new discoveries that await ...

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Tags: advent, christmas, jesus, savior

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