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Barrenness and the Birth of Hope

The third gospel begins with the story of a barren woman. When you take a moment to think about that, it’s pretty shocking. Two thousand years ago a man named Luke wrote down an eyewitness account about a man named Jesus and then gave it to a man named Theophilus. A story about a man, from a man, to a man â€" It’s surprising that such a narrative would ...

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My Ebenzer - New Sermon Series

The Ebenezer stone was a monument to God’s help, God’s faithfulness, and God’s eternal covenant. It was a reminder of what matters…what matters to God and what matters to us. In this new series of messages, Pastor Duane will ask the question, “What are our stones of remembrance?”...

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God's Christmas Tree

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating the Christmas tree. The day after Thanksgiving, Sheri and I pull out all the ornaments and cover every possible spot on our nine foot, 1,000 twinkly-light, fake Christmas tree (yes, we succumbed to the Arizona malaise that precludes using a real tree cut down in Bend, Oregon in early August). ...

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Great Ideas to Help Families Celebrate a Christian Christmas

I wanted to share some great ideas I've found over the years for helping children (and everyone else)to stay focused on Jesus. The ideas below are from a great book, “101 ways to have a Christian Christmas.” If you prefer to watch videos, the DVD "Buck Denver asks... Why do we call it Christmas?" is full of great facts about customs and the real Christmas de...

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We Celebrate in Different Ways the Same Story

You find them in varying styles in all kinds of places throughout the world during the Christmas season. There were more than three dozen of them displayed in Evangelical Covenant Church offices this year. The nativity �" or crèche �" depicts the story of the birth of Jesus....

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