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Worship Preview: God is Not Far From You!

We originally planned to have Neal Anderson from Sower’s International with us this weekend to preach, but he is unable to make it because of the Snowvember Apocalypse. (Side note: want to help those affected by the snow storm? Find out how.) The services were all planned around Neal’s themes, including the song and Scripture choices, so if you’re struggling to find the connection with the topic, that’s why. Instead of Neal’s topic, Pastor Chuck will be sharing with us…

Why We’re Trying No Sharing of the Peace

If you were at worship this weekend, you heard we are going to try removing the “sharing of the peace” from the beginning of the worship service. I wanted to take a few minutes and share with you some of the thinking behind the decision. How We Got Here We’ve been doing the sharing of the peace for a long time at First Trinity. At one point, it was traditionally done before the Lord’s Supper, but later got moved to…

Secrets to a Lasting Love

One of the television shows I’m currently watching is called “The 100.” Like most of my favorite shows, it involves the end of the world. This time, there was some sort of nuclear war and a small remnant of humanity escaped to outer space to live in a giant space station, cobbled together by connecting the 10 or so space stations from different countries that were in orbit at the time. It’s been 97 years since the war and supplies…

Love is Not Easily Angered

Have you ever said something you regretted in the heat of the moment? We’ve probably all done it. Maybe it was an argument with a loved one. Or perhaps it was in a meeting when you get frustrated and angry. There are times in our life when anger bubbles up to the surface when you least want it to. It’s OK to be angry, but there’s a right and wrong way to handle it. Perhaps the best way to manage…

Worship Preview: Love is Not Easily Angered

We continue our 40 Days of Love series on November 7-8, 2014 with week 5: Love is Not Easily Angered. (Worship Schedule) We are also celebrating Veteran’s Day with a slideshow during the offering featuring pictures of current and past Military Service People. Readings (Click to read or listen) Proverbs 29:11-23 Romans 15:1-6 Matthew 12:33-37  Traditional Service Music Opening Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Hymnal 700, verses 1, 2, 4) (5:30) Hymn of Praise: Praise God, from Whom All…

Love Lets It Go

We were recently at the Boulevard Mall for a trick or treat event with our children. My oldest daughter really wanted to dress up as Fawn, one of Tinker Bell’s fairy friends. Fawn is not a popular costume option, so my wife made a costume for her. She was excited about her costume until she got to the mall and noticed the hundreds of other girls around her age that were all dressed as Elsa from Frozen. It seemed like…

A New Thing

Sermon Audio Note: Instead of a devotion for 40 Days of Love, we chose to focus this article on the upcoming vision process. Find out more about the vision process here. #74180799 / gettyimages.com Our community and nation are changing. We no longer live in a society that understands and values the Christian faith. People tend to attend church less and less each year in our community. While many are ambivalent toward the Christian faith, some are increasingly hostile towards…

Loving Like Jesus Loves Me

Whenever we discipline our children, it’s important to us that they understand why they were disciplined. It’s not enough to just know they “made a bad choice”, but that they can tell us what specifically the bad choice was. It’s a way of learning what the right behavior is that we expect from them. Hopefully, this leads to better choices in the future. Doing what’s right and understanding why it’s right are different things. Jesus gave lots of instructions to…

Love Matters Most

Confession time: I’m not really a big basketball fan. However, I’m significantly more interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers since LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland. I remember when he first arrived there and immediately there were comparisons between him and the legends of the game, especially Michael Jordan. Now, as he has developed into an even better player, there are even more comparisons. For whatever reason, we like to talk about who or what is the greatest. A quick…

Celebrating 175 Years in Ministry

Why did Jesus go back to heaven after His resurrection? I mean, think about it. He spent three years walking among us and teaching people about the Father and what it means to walk with Him. It culminated in His final act of love, as He died on the cross to pay for our sins. The story concludes with a nice epilogue as Jesus appears to the disciples and some others a few times before ascending into Heaven to be…