Christmas Praise

by Suzanne Etzel For the LORD is God,and he created the heavens and earthand put everything in place.He made the world to be lived in,not to be a place of empty chaos.“I am the LORD,” he says,“and there is no other.  I publicly proclaim bold promises.I do not whisper obscurities in some Read more…

On Baptism, part 2

Last time I wrote to you, dear family, on the topic, “What is Christian Baptism?” Remember that the distinction between Christian Baptism and other baptisms isn’t necessarily in the form, but in whose name we are baptized. In Christian Baptism, God’s name—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit— is placed on us and we Read more…

On Baptism, part 1

On Baptism… A few weeks ago we had the wonderful blessing of celebrating baptism in the church. As a Reformed church, we understand baptism in a covenantal sense—that is, we recognize that it is the sign and seal of God’s covenant promise (from our liturgy), “by grace alone: to forgive our sins, Read more…

Equipped for the Gospel

At Christ’s Community Church, and even more in our surrounding community, there are hundreds —if not thousands—of people whose lives are in a tailspin. Some have lost loved ones, or jobs, or are going through major life transition. Some are experiencing profound loneliness, some are going through major medical treatments, Read more…

Preparing…

While we have walked together through Lent, we have been talking about self-examination, repentance, and growing in our faith in the Lord Jesus. Lent is a time when we pay particular attention to denying ourselves, taking up our crosses, and following Jesus. Much like Advent, this is a time of Read more…

John 15:5

Over the course of the last year, God has taught me one thing above all others…Jesus said in John 15:5, “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Through both incredible joy and intense sorrow, Read more…