O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

Dependent on when you read this, we are about halfway through the season of the church calendar called Lent. During this 40-day period, Christians may fast from something like sweets, social media, television and spend time reflecting on Christ’s sacrificial death. I started Lent out strong. I love a good challenge. I love goals. I […]

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Did I wake up in a strange new world?

I love Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Not only because Carroll and I studied the same degree at the same school, but because I think Alice’s story is a parable for the world in which we now find ourselves. Over the past 50 years, perhaps even over the past 15 years, it feels like […]

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Discover deeper love

This past week, something occurred that will only happen three times this century: Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fell on the same day. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, a 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and generosity that ends at sundown on Maundy Thursday. Valentine’s Day is, of course, that made-up holiday intended to […]

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Expressing our hearts to the Lord

“Corporate worship is a weekly event that God uses to shape our people’s souls over the course of decades.” This quote is why our worship together as a church family, week after week, is so valuable to me! Our services…the songs we sing, the prayers we offer, the Word preached…are not only an opportunity to […]

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Created for wonder: how to recapture wonder in your life 

Sunday’s Coming! “Judas.” The name is synonymous with betrayal. Brutus, Fawkes, Arnold, Quisling…all world-class traitors in their own right, must bow before the height of treachery perpetrated by a disciple whom Jesus called “friend.” We are told “Satan entered Judas.” Did that mean he was possessed? Did he have any choice?  How could one who spent three years […]

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The end is near! (Or is it?)

Eschatology. It’s a very fancy theological word that means “the study of end times.” It’s based on a Greek word eschatos which means “last things.”   In our EPC world (Evangelical Presbyterian Church…our denomination), eschatology is considered a non-essential. In other words, we affirm that faithful, Bible-believing Christians can disagree on these doctrines and not have […]

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Revelation Series

There Is No “S” in Revelation Pastor Mark Toone Sep 12, 1999 Passage: Revelation 1:1-1:3 NotesListen You’ve Got Mail Pastor Mark Toone Sep 19, 1999 Passage: Revelation 1:1-1:20 NotesListen You’ve Got Mail: Overcoming the Blahs Pastor Mark Toone Sept 23, 1999 Passage: Revelation 2:1-7 NotesListen You’ve Got Mail: Overcoming Adversity Pastor Mark Toone Oct 03, 1999 Passage: Revelation 2:8-2:11 […]

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New beginnings at Alpha

Every person’s journey in faith started when another person was bold enough to share theirs. Who was it that helped YOU to discover faith? The Alpha team are such an encouragement to me because every individual is aware of their testimony…being invited to explore faith, invited to participate in Alpha, and invited into becoming a […]

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