Ascension...

The historic Christian church marks Ascension Day as 40 days after Easter. For 40 days after the resurrection Jesus walked on earth before being taken to heaven. (AND IT'S TODAY!!)

This year, like a lot of churches we'll gather and celebrate on Sunday what's easy to forget when tragedy and disappointment and stress seem to dominate our attention. JESUS IS KING. 

It's more than a bumper sticker, more than a meaningless Christianese cliché.  It neither hopeium, nor an excuse for inaction. It's simply true.

Below is some more nuanced theological...

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Being a Christian Is Hard - Ephesians 6:10–17 (handout)

Living a life pleasing to the Lord and engaging in the mission of the church is not easy because there are powerful supernatural beings that strategize and attack. Because of this, God makes available his power and divine resources to believers so...

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Faith Promise Update - May 2022

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Following Christ and Authority (handout)

: Paul gives a variety of instructions to various members of the Christian household on how to think and conduct themselves as believers in their respective roles. A focus on knowing the Lord and pleasing him is the primary motivation for each mem...

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God’s Call & Christian Marriage (handout)

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Faith Promise Update - April 2022

Pray for our missionaries.

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Easter Imperative (Handout)

The most frequent command in the Bible is: ‘Don’t be afraid; fear not.’ Let’s make no mistake about it: until you learn to live without fear you won’t find it easy to follow Jesus. – N.T. Wright

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Unless a Seed Dies (Handout)

handout from Palm Sunday message

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Keep Watch!, Use Time Well (Handout)

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Children of Light (Handout)

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

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How to Build Community Ephesians 4:25–5:2 (Handout)

Ephesians 4:25–5:2 (NIV) 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not ...

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Faith Promise Partners March 2022 Update

Pray for our missionary family.

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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life (Handout)

Christians are called to live their daily lives in a way that is sharply differentiated from the world around them and from the lifestyle that characterized their pre-Christian past. Paul wants the Ephesians’ lives to be determined by their relati...

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Next Steps: One Baptism:

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the b...

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February 2022 Faith Promise Update

Pray for our missionary family.

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Sermon Notes - He Is Able

Paul’s message for the Ephesians and for us is that we are weak, vulnerable people who were once dominated by the power of sin and the power of the evil one, but now have been rescued from these overwhelming influences by the powerful, redemptive ...

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Sermon Notes Feb 6th

I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory. – St Paul.

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Sermon Notes - Jan 30th

Joshua 1:9 (NIV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

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Sermon Notes - Sunday, Jan 23rd

This passage contrasts the horrible plight of believers before their experience of Christ with their new life in Christ now. This experience can only be described as passing from death to life by virtue of their participation with Christ in his re...

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Spanish Church Update (en)

We started December between shakes. A terrible blast of COVID 19 came to us, in its Omicron variant and some of our members could be exposed or infected. Because of this, preventively, we saw our brothers' attendance at the group decrease. The ne...

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January 2022 Faith Promise

  • Growing up a Christian, I thought it was a great privilege to know Christ and be included in His kingdom eternally. Yet, I never thought a...

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    Christmas Devotional - Kim Gove

    When I think on the Christmas story, the verse that is prominent in my mind this year is “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). This verse found in Luke’s account of the Christmas story has similar wor...

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    Advent Devotional - Cynthia Baldino

    Christmas is a difficult time for me. When people ask me why, I talk about light deprivation or the commercialization of a sacred day. I hint that I prefer to celebrate the birth of my Savior in the quiet of my heart. But deep down, I know there’s...

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    December 2021 Faith Promise

    Andrew & Grace Goyzueta (RUF At Davidson College) Prayer Requests For RUF winter training Dec. 5-10. Please pray for encouragement for Andrew as he joins other Campus Ministers and Staff from around the country in Denver for a week of ministr...

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    Christmas Hope - Jos Euser

    As a child in Holland, my hope at Christmas was focused on Sinterklaas (from which we now have St Claus or Santa Claus) bringing goodies like candy and chocolate letters depending on how good I had been the past year. Santa Claus Day was December ...

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    What does Christmas really mean to me?

    The first time I read the entire Bible from beginning to end I started with the New Testament. I read about Jesus’s birth, his life, the apostles, his ministry, his parables, prayer life, betrayal, gruesome death, his resurrection and promises. Th...

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    Advent Devotional: TREASURE

    I pray for faith like that, with a quiet heart. I pray that the light of Christ will be the sole center of my focus, even in the midst of a noisy, confusing chapter. I pray that I will stop and ponder the blessing of Jesus in my life and truly tre...

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    November 2021 Faith Promise

    Thank God for the success of the ministry in Sierra Leone. Thank God for all who have supported us in the work here in Sierra Leone. Pray for the leadership of the CRC SL for wisdom, team work to success in the work, that they will not be discoura...

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    October 2021 Faith Promise

    I’ve experienced a lot of changes in the past few months. The end of July I moved to NC. The trip went well, and I’m settled in my new home. I am grateful for the beautiful house I’m renting, and I’m enjoying living in farm country with wide-open ...

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    September 2021 Faith Promise

    Huge community support surrounding Josh's death: Encouraging words of truth and Scripture shared with us Many people surrounded us physically and through words of encouragem