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Spiritual Superhero or Ordinarily Dependent?

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Posted by The R Family on

The following is the update one of our missionaries shared at our last monthly women's gathering. Consider how you can help care for our missionaries that we might send them in a manner worthy of God (3 John 6). Names and places have been edited out for security reasons. People usually...

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Tags: missionary care, missions

Helping Others Change Seminar Resources

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Posted by Mason Williamson on

This past Saturday we had the pleasure of hosting Jonathan Holmes, pastor for counseling at Parkside Church, for a seminar on biblical counseling. Jonathan spent the day teaching through the process and dynamics of helping others pursue biblical change. The audio from all six sessions are...

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Tags: biblical counseling, discipleship

Theological Famine Relief Update

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Posted by Brett Toney on

In 2014, we set up a fund for designated giving that would be used for helping bring relief to the theological famine of the Global South—approximately 85% of the 2.2 million evangelical churches in the world are led by pastors who lack sufficient training. Organizations like the...

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Tags: books, missions, theological famine relief

Good Friday Fasting

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Posted by Brett Toney on

Join us in setting aside Friday of this week for prayer and fasting as we prepare to reflect together on the death of Jesus on behalf of sinners. We will break the fast together at the Good Friday service (7pm) by partaking of the Lord's Table. If you are unable to fast from food for the day...

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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...

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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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