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Planting Joy: Our Method

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Glorifying God in the impossible. We believe that all we have and all we need comes from God. He promises to supply all our needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus. Throughout the Bible, we see evidence that God’s ways are higher than our ways, and that he not only provides what we...

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Planting Joy: Our Need

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Our Need: A Facility to Serve the Vision For our vision and strategy to be accomplished most effectively, the important tool of a well-designed facility can prove a tremendous blessing. Our current facilities were built for a congregation much smaller than our size, creating a critical need for...

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Planting Joy: Our Strategy

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Plant a garden, plant the seed, plant churches When we say, “plant a garden,” we have in mind God's planting in the garden of Eden. God is the great Gardner, and he gave his first family a garden of life in which to grow in the knowledge and enjoyment of him. Ever since sin came...

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Planting Joy: Our Vision

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We exist to glorify God through the Spirit by pursuing joy in Christ alone that our neighbors and the nations worship him with us now and forever. That vision of God and who he has called us to be is achieved when a body of believers in Jesus Christ gather to savor that vision in...

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Our Story

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Five dirt roads met in the obscurity of Michigan farmland. Here, God gathered a little platoon of His people, purchased by the blood of His Son. Before the world began their names were graven on His hands by sovereign grace. And then, as redemptive history unfolded, these beloved of God found...

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Tags: history, redemption

Prayer and Fasting

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We have called for a day of fasting and prayer as our fall ministries kick off and as we continue to seek the Lord for His provision of all we need to complete the Planting Joy campaign.Jesus said in Matthew 9.15: "The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they...

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Tags: fasting, prayer

Pray for the Pastoral Search

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So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for...

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Tags: discipleship, pastoral search, prayer, shepherding

Praying for Our Nation

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As we set time aside today to pray ahead of tomorrow’s election, consider using this as a guide for your time of praying. This guide is structured to facilitate an hour of prayer, taking ten minutes for each section. We'd love to have you join us in prayer from 9am-4pm at the church today...

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Tags: government, politics, prayer

Praying & Two Wills in God

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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

Praying the Bible

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In yesterday's sermon, Living by Prayer, Pastor JJ commended us to begin praying the Scriptures as a means of communing with God. But what does it look like to listen to the Word of God, rather than filling the silence of our prayer time with our own words and requests? Pastor JJ pointed...

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Tags: communion, method, prayer, praying

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