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• Gideon Ruhl

This past Sunday I read Gideon Ruhl's testimony of healing. We wanted to post it in the blog to be a source of further encouragement for you. To give you some perspective of where things were before he was healed, I'll begin with a report from Gideon's dad, Josiah Ruhl. We set aside January 12, 2017, as a day to fast and pray for Gideon. To guide our prayers here's what Josiah told us: 

Gideon's condition seems to be stabilizing, but not in the way we had hoped. While we are praising the Lord that we have not seen much digression…

• Daniel Baker

Every day we drive by dozens of “churches” and…

Well, that’s not actually true. Every day we drive by dozens of church buildings, or buildings where churches meet. But these structures of steel, drywall, glass, and paint could just as easily be gyms or schools or hair salons. They happen to be church buildings, but really they’re just buildings.

It’s good every once in a while to check ourselves in how we use certain words. “Church” is one of those words. If we’re not careful our shorthand can affect how think and feel about certain things. With “church,” we can…

• Daniel Baker

By my reckoning we are somewhere around Day 335 of our COVID Exile (or is it a seige?). It was basically March 12, 2020, when the whole world began to cancel and shutdown. On the Sunday after that shutdown began I preached from the book of Hebrews. Being 335 days into this season it feels like a word of encouragement is fitting, and this "time capsule" seemed worth revisiting. I hope it encourages you. 

• John McLeod

Here are some thoughts and excerpts from this sermon on January 31, 2021. You can listen, watch, or read the entire sermon here.

Listen! Look Here! He who has ears to hear, let him hear! Pay attention to what you hear! These are the commands from the mouth of Jesus in Mark 4. His listeners’ and our spiritual lives depend on our response to it. Jesus goes on to warn his disciples that if they don’t understand this particular parable (of the Sower), they will have trouble understanding the rest of what he will tell them. We would do well to pay attention as well.

• Daniel Baker

Last Sunday we looked at the topic of race from the Bible. This is relevant for us as 21st-century Christians who want to honor Christ in the place and time where he's placed us. But it's also connected to our desire to love our neighbors as ourselves. Part of loving our neighbors within our community and this culture involves thinking well about the topic of race—and then living well in light of it.  

In the sermon I read from Francis Schaeffer's The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century. He originally wrote this book in 1970, just a few years before Roe…

• John McLeod

Here are my notes from the men's meeting this morning. Thank you to all who attended, and to those who watched the LiveStream.

If you're interested in the sermon audio or video, you can find them on this messages page.

• Christopher Scott

Earlier this fall the worship leaders and worship team thought about new ways of how we could introduce new songs and serve you...not just having you listen to the recordings of someone else. So in that vein we got together with a goal to introduce new songs and worship together.

Specifically we started with “O Come All You Unfaithful”, this song landed with our team almost immediately. With this year being so crazy and all of us having lost something in someway and just the fear and uncertainty surrounding us...the song reminds us that Jesus offers us rest and confidence and peace.

• Daniel Baker

Tomorrow we begin our next sermon series, "Introducing...Jesus." We'll be working through the Gospel of Mark over the next months to see various aspects of Jesus Christ. The goal of the series is to both encourage and deepen the faith of those already Christians and to allow easy entry points for those who aren't yet Christians. In each sermon we hope to highlight an aspect of Jesus as he's presented in this distinct historical document.

Mark is the shortest and sharpest of the four gospel witnesses—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. For much of church history Mark was overlooked since scholars assumed…

• Daniel Baker

In case you weren't able to join us yesterday morning, we wanted you to know the new name of the church: Cornerstone Fellowship Church. We're excited about this new chapter in the history of our church.

• Jay Gregus

A reflection on the cross by Jay Gregus:

Step by step, he climbed the hill,
Knowing what it meant, but walking still.
His wounds were deep, but would deepen still, 
till a chiseled tomb...

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