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An Opportunity Awaits!

An Opportunity Awaits!

One of First Church of Christ’s primary goals is to make MORE and BETTER disciples! We’re excited to announce this opportunity for you to become a better disciple! This opportunity is called ROOTED. In Rooted, individuals establish firm roots in the Truth of God’s...

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Why I Love America

Why I Love America

Why I Love America(July 4, 2021)Psalm 33:12 I’ve really been looking forward to sharing this message today because, frankly, I am tired of people trashing the United States of America.  Some ridicule patriotic worship services like this as being naïve and oblivious to...

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Understanding the Times

Understanding the Times

“UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES”1 Chronicles 12:32; Acts 17:22-34 In 1 Chronicles chapter 12, we find a long list of warriors who came to King David to pledge their allegiance to him.  Among them, 1 Chronicles 12:32 lists the “men of Issachar, who understood the times and...

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The Father Factor

The Father Factor

The Father FactorGod Has an App for That – Part 6Proverbs 4:1-4 We live in a world of technology and gadgets, but there is no substitute for a living and breathing dad who is invested and involved in the life of his family.  I mean, there is no electronic device or...

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Little or Much

Little or Much

Little or MuchGod Has an App for That – Part 7Proverbs 30:7-9 We’re continuing this morning in our series on the book of Proverbs entitled “God Has An App for That.”  The bulk of the book of Proverbs was penned by Solomon who is considered to be one of the wealthiest...

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Web of Lies

Web of Lies

Web of LiesGod Has an App for That – Part 6Proverbs 11:3 During the message last Sunday morning you may recall that I told the story of a man in Joplin, Missouri whose house was completely demolished by that mile wide EF5-rated tornado that ripped through the area...

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On the Job

On the Job

On the JobGod Has an App for That – Part 5Proverbs 14:23 I want you to take just a minute to think back to when you were a child; and I want you to think about what you wanted to be when you grew up.  You probably got asked that question all the time.  (And there may...

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Toxic Talk

Toxic Talk

Toxic TalkGod Has an App for That – Part 4Proverbs 18:21 If you have your Bibles turn to the Book of Proverbs.  You can go to the center of your Bible, go to the right just a bit, and you should be in Proverbs.  We are in a series called “God Has an App for That,” and...

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Heart Monitor

Heart Monitor

Heart MonitorGod Has an App for That – Part 3Proverbs 4:23 If you have your Bible turn to Proverbs.  Chapter 4 is where we’re going to be focusing today. I was reading about a series of tests this week where they try to evaluate how well a person can make decisions in...

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Make-Believe Mom

Make-Believe Mom

Make-Believe MomGod Has an App for That – Part 2Proverbs 31:10-31 Well, as I’ve stated before, we do our best here to be known as a church that is full of truth and full of love.  Sometimes telling the truth doesn’t seem loving, but ultimately there is no love without...

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Decision Point

Decision Point

Decision PointGod Has an App for That – Part 1Proverbs 1:7   The popularity of running marathons continues to surge worldwide among people of all ages and walks of life.  Among what are considered to be the top five marathons in the world, two of them take place right...

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MUTE: Turn Up the Volume

MUTE: Turn Up the Volume

Turn Up the VolumeSeries: Mute – Part 2Various Scriptures Does it ever seem to you that God is giving you the silent treatment?  Does it ever feel like prayer works a little bit like your frequent flyer miles?  When you really need them, you can’t use them.  There are...

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MUTE: The Silent Treatment

MUTE: The Silent Treatment

The Silent Treatment Series: Mute – Part 1Various Scriptures I was reading about this married couple who was having some problems in their relationship, and so they decided the best way to deal with these problems was to go on a daytime talk show…which is really great...

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The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord Is My ShepherdPsalm 23:1-6 Psalm 23 is undoubtedly one of the best-known passages in all the Bible.  Most of us learned it as children and it continues to be a comfort to those who are dying, or those who have lost loved ones.  Maybe it’s so well-loved...

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The Thief: Saved by the Cross

The Thief: Saved by the Cross

According to Charisma magazine, Sherri Felts responded to the invitation at the close of a church service the last Sunday morning in January.  The following Friday night, Sheri Felts, age 55, a very popular high school teacher, died in her sleep with no apparent...

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Be Diligent Until He Returns

Be Diligent Until He Returns

In early May 1980, Mount St. Helens was belching grey steam hundreds of feet into the blue Oregon sky.  Geologists watched their seismographs in growing wonder as the earth rumbled beneath their feet.  I read an article recently that described how the park rangers and...

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Loving the Bride

Loving the Bride

It had been a big wedding, and the reception was well attended.  Then came the honeymoon.  The couple went to their hotel room and after they unpacked their bags the groom took his bride by the hand, sat her on the bed, and said, "Honey, I hope you won’t mind, but now...

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Be Encouraged By His Return

Be Encouraged By His Return

"God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food."  Have you ever heard a child pray that simple prayer?  At first it sounds a little bit redundant.  Isn't that about the same thing—God is great and God is good?  Well not exactly.  When we think about the...

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Be Alert for the Antichrist

Be Alert for the Antichrist

Satan came to Eve in the Garden of Eden with the express purpose of deceiving her.  He whispered, "Has God said you're not to eat of any tree of the garden?  If you eat of that tree you will not die, the way God says.  If you eat of that tree you will really live!...

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Be Informed About His Return

Be Informed About His Return

Relevant magazine, around Christmas time, ran a story entitled, "Waiting for the Messiah: The New Clash Over the Bible's Millennial Prophecies."  The article read: "For many Christians the comforting images of the Christmas season are inexorably linked to another more...

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Ready for His Return

Ready for His Return

A telemarketer called a home in order to try and sell a product.  He was greeted by a younger boy who, whispered, "Hello." The telemarketer said, "Is your mom home?" Still whispering, he said, "Yes, but she's busy." "Well, is your dad home?" "Yes, but he's busy, too."...

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Prepare

Prepare

180: Time for a TurnaroundWe are starting the New Year with a two-week series called “180: Time for a Turnaround.”  There’s just something about the beginning of a year where we think in those terms of: “What needs to change?” and “How should we be living different in...

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Repair

Repair

180: Time for a TurnaroundAs we begin a new year, our focus is on the future.  We’re thinking about the upcoming year, not the past year.  But just for a minute I want you to think about 2020.  You can go back even further if you want.  But what would you say as you...

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You Should Just Give Up

You Should Just Give Up

The Lies We Believe and the Truth that Sets Us Free “You Should Just Give Up” Series: Flip the Script – Part 5 Job 19:25-27Here’s the thing about what we believe.  What we believe doesn’t have to be true to have the power of truth over us.  We just have to believe...

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You Will Never Change

You Will Never Change

Flip the Script: The Lies We Believe and the Truth That Sets Us FreeWell, we are continuing in our series called “Flip the Script.”  And the idea is that we have an enemy and every day the enemy gives us a certain script to read.  And this script is full of lies about...

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You Deserve to Be Happy

You Deserve to Be Happy

“You Deserve to Be Happy” Series: Flip the Script – Part 3The Lies We Believe and the Truth that Sets Us Free 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Well, the details are often different, but the stories sound the same—at least familiar.  One woman writes and says, “I have been...

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You Can Fix This Yourself

You Can Fix This Yourself

“You Can Fix This Yourself” Series: Flip the Script – Part 2 The Lies We Believe and the Truth that Sets Us Free Hebrews 4:14-16 I was watching a popular TV preacher as I was eating breakfast one morning recently, and he was preaching on this idea that God has come so...

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COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING MEAL IS STILL A GO

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING MEAL IS STILL A GO

Community Thanksgiving Meal adjusts for COVID The Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal has been an expected and well-received event in the community for over 20 years. For the last several years between 220–250 meals have been served each year at this event. In 2019 the...

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Living as a Masterpiece

Living as a Masterpiece

“Dress the part.” That’s the advice often given to young professional salesmen who are just starting out. They don’t yet have the sales record. They often lack confidence and as a result feel stuck. So, they are told, “Success begins by putting on the reality of who...

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Praisers or Appraisers?

Praisers or Appraisers?

It’s been said, “A critic is someone who is quick on the flaw,” and our world is full of people like that. Unfortunately, so is the church. In his excellent book, Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit, Chuck Swindoll wrote, “People in ministry are like lightning rods....

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Rescue the Fallen

Rescue the Fallen

Rescue the Fallen James: A Faith That Works – Part 14 James 5:19-20 What do you do when a Christian friend is drifting away from God?  Let’s say you become aware that a fellow believer has developed a drinking problem.  People are whispering and you can see the damage...

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Learn to Pray With Power

Learn to Pray With Power

Learn to Pray with Power James: A Faith That Works – Part 13 James 5:13-18 I read about a small Tennessee town that had two churches and one whiskey distillery.  Members of both churches complained that the distillery gave the community a bad image.  To make matters...

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Learn to Be Patient

Learn to Be Patient

Without a doubt, the American people and people around the world have gone through some very difficult times these past several months and even more may be on the way. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that over 70,000 new cases of children beingdiagnosed...

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Handle Your Wealth Wisely

Handle Your Wealth Wisely James: A Faith That Works – Part 11 James 5:1-6 Last week James 4 described for us people who planned as if there was no God.  This week James 5 describes people who spent their money as if there was no God.  Now most people don’t get real...

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Even Rats Have Hope

Even Rats Have Hope

Can you remember a time of greater global hopelessness than what we’re seeing right now? I can’t and I’ve witnessed a lot in my lifetime: The Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, Watts riots of 1965, the shooting of...

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Planning Ahead Wisely

Planning Ahead Wisely

Just how should a Christian plan for such a precarious future? In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Don’t worry about tomorrow. God will take care of you,” He said. But Jesus didn’t mean that we should make no plans for tomorrow, or never save any money, or never make goals, because He himself planned for the future. He made advance provisions for a meal in an upper room. He provided for His mother prior to His death. He informed His disciples that He was going to be crucified and told them where He was to meet them after the resurrection. Then He told them to go to Jerusalem and wait and they would be empowered with the Holy Spirit in the future.

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Master Your Ambitions

Master Your Ambitions

MASTER YOUR AMBITIONS James: A Faith That Works – Part 8 James 4:1-10 There was an article in USA Today recently entitled: “Pizza Competitors Try to Top Each Other.”  The manager of a Domino’s Pizza in Terre Haute, Indiana, took out an ad in the local paper offering...

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Tame Your Tongue

Tame Your Tongue

TAME YOUR TONGUE James: A Faith That Works – Part 6 James 3:1-12    “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me!”  I think of all the limericks we learned as children that has to be one of the dumbest.  We usually chanted that to other kids who...

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Can’t Live Life in a Bubble

Can’t Live Life in a Bubble

Can't Live Life in a Bubble Earlier this month NBA players finally arrived in Orlando to hopefully restart the NBA season. They are doing it in Orlando, at Disney World, in a BUBBLE. Well not a literal bubble, but one they’ve attempted to build around the players and...

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Produce Good Works

Produce Good Works

PRODUCE GOOD WORKS James: A Faith That Works – Part 5 James 2:14-26   Faith is a key doctrine within the Christian life.  Ephesians chapter 2, verse 8, tells us that the sinner is saved “by faith.”  Second Corinthians 5:7 says the believer must “walk by faith.” ...

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Be Free of Prejudice

Be Free of Prejudice

BE FREE OF PREJUDICE James: A Faith That Works – Part 4 James 2:1-13 Mike Breaux, teaching pastor at Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, California, tells the story of being invited to preach at one of the churches in our brotherhood a couple of years ago.  Mike had...

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Control Your Temper

Control Your Temper

Part 3: CONTROL YOUR TEMPER James 1:19-27 I played in a golf tournament several years back with about 40 other men and their friends from the church where I was serving at that time.  I was grouped with three other men for this scramble, two of whom I didn’t know. ...

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