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Satan is a Liar

by: Cynthia Morselli

05/23/2018

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Zach Williams has a new song out called "Fear is a Liar". Here are some of the lyrics:When he told you you're not good enoughWhen he told you you're not rightWhen he told you you're not strong enoughTo put up a good fightWhen he told you you're not worthyWhen he told you you're not lovedWhen he told you you're not beautifulThat you'll never be enoughFear, he is a liarHe will take your breathStop you in your stepsFear he is a liarHe will rob your restSteal your happinessCast your fear in the fire'Cause fear he is a liarHow often do we…
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Zach Williams has a new song out called "Fear is a Liar".
Here are some of the lyrics:

When he told you you're not good enough
When he told you you're not right
When he told you you're not strong enough
To put up a good fight
When he told you you're not worthy
When he told you you're not loved
When he told you you're not beautiful
That you'll never be enough

Fear, he is a liar
He will take your breath
Stop you in your steps
Fear he is a liar
He will rob your rest
Steal your happiness
Cast your fear in the fire
'Cause fear he is a liar

How often do we fall into the trap of believing the lies that Satan whispers in our ears? He capitalizes on our doubts and worries to keep us from truly believing that we ARE loved and we ARE enough in God's eyes. Don't believe his lies. Cast your fear in the fire.

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God's Abundance

by: Nancy Wisgerhof

05/06/2018

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“Jesus said, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’They said to him, ‘We have only five loaves here and two fish.’”Matthew 14:16-17This is the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. This scripture tell us that Jesus had compassion on them and healed the sick. After a long day, the disciples want to send the people away, but Jesus tells to them to feed the people. The disciples complain that they only have five loaves of bread and two fish. It’s not enough. Jesus blesses the food and everyone eats until they are satisfied. After the leftovers…
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“Jesus said, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’

They said to him, ‘We have only five loaves here and two fish.’”

Matthew 14:16-17

This is the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. This scripture tell us that Jesus had compassion on them and healed the sick. After a long day, the disciples want to send the people away, but Jesus tells to them to feed the people. The disciples complain that they only have five loaves of bread and two fish. It’s not enough. Jesus blesses the food and everyone eats until they are satisfied. After the leftovers are collected, twelve baskets of food are left. This is more than just a miracle. It is Jesus expressing the amazing grace of God’s love. In the Kingdom of God there is never scarcity or want or not enough. The Psalms shout of a God whose “love is everlasting”. For Jesus there is always abundance. That is good news that we need to take to our hurting and frightened world.

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The Story Isn't Over

by: Stephen Hartsfield

04/06/2018

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You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. Luke 24:48-49The Sunday after Easter is typically a low Sunday. The energy of Easter is gone. Many of our northern visitors have started to head back for the summer months. In the scripture lesson for this week, even the disciples of Jesus are hiding out and laying low. They are terrified and unsure of what is going on around them. Jesus appears in their midst and reminds…
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You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. Luke 24:48-49


The Sunday after Easter is typically a low Sunday. The energy of Easter is gone. Many of our northern visitors have started to head back for the summer months.

In the scripture lesson for this week, even the disciples of Jesus are hiding out and laying low. They are terrified and unsure of what is going on around them. Jesus appears in their midst and reminds them again that his resurrection is real. He invites them to touch his wounds. He asks for something to eat. Jesus is indeed resurrected. Jesus tells the frightened disciples do not be afraid. He tells them that their work is just beginning. Jesus will give them what they need to go and spread the good news and make disciples. This is our work too as followers of a risen Savior.

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He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!

by: Nancy Wisgerhof

04/02/2018

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"He is risen!""He is risen, indeed!"That exchange was heard over and over again yesterday as we celebrated Easter Sunday. What a wonderful day it was. Easter is special in every Christian's heart, and that was no exception at First Church.Our celebration of Jesus' resurrection delighted all of the senses. Breakfast was served before both services (we have amazing cooks!). The Wesley Centre and the Sanctuary were amassed with pinks, blues and white from the hydrangea and Easter lily plants. Pastor Stephen's message was thought-provoking and the music...Methodists love their church food, but they love worshiping through music just as much.…
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"He is risen!"

"He is risen, indeed!"

That exchange was heard over and over again yesterday as we celebrated Easter Sunday. What a wonderful day it was. Easter is special in every Christian's heart, and that was no exception at First Church.

Our celebration of Jesus' resurrection delighted all of the senses. Breakfast was served before both services (we have amazing cooks!). The Wesley Centre and the Sanctuary were amassed with pinks, blues and white from the hydrangea and Easter lily plants. Pastor Stephen's message was thought-provoking and the music...

Methodists love their church food, but they love worshiping through music just as much. Yesterday we pulled out all of the stops! The Praise Team was in fine form as we sang songs that were fitting for such a celebration, such as Victory Chant. The handbell choir played at the 11:00 service - always a treat - and the chancel choir set the tone with I Know That My Redeemer Lives.

All in all, it was a wonderful celebration befitting a King... and a Savior. He is risen, indeed!

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Christ Is Enough Video

by: Cynthia Morselli

03/19/2018

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I Have Decided To Follow Jesus

by: Cynthia Morselli

03/19/2018

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Holy Week

by: Cynthia Morselli

03/19/2018

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We have several events planned for the week heading into Easter. This is always a special week in any Christian church and First Church is no exception.Palm Sunday, March 25 Contemporary Service at 9AM in the Wesley CentreEaster Egg Hunt for the kids at 10AMA very special Easter music experience by the Chancel Choir at 11AM in the SanctuaryMaundy Thursday, March 29You are invited to join us in the Sanctuary for our Holy Week Service of Communion and Tenebrae. Pastor Stephen is combining traditional Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services with scripture, music, sacrament, prayer and a meaningful candlelight ceremony…
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We have several events planned for the week heading into Easter. This is always a special week in any Christian church and First Church is no exception.

Palm Sunday, March 25

  • Contemporary Service at 9AM in the Wesley Centre
  • Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at 10AM
  • A very special Easter music experience by the Chancel Choir at 11AM in the Sanctuary

Maundy Thursday, March 29

You are invited to join us in the Sanctuary for our Holy Week Service of Communion and Tenebrae. Pastor Stephen is combining traditional Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services with scripture, music, sacrament, prayer and a meaningful candlelight ceremony to recall the events in Jesus’ life leading up to his burial.

Easter Sunday, April 1

  • 8AM - 8:45AM - Full breakfast in the Wesley Centre
  • 9AM - Contemporary Service in the Wesley Centre
  • 10AM - 10:30AM - Another opportunity for a delicious breakfast in the Wesley Centre
  • 11AM - Traditional service in the Sanctuary

First Church is the place to be this week. Bring your friends and family for an uplifting spiritual experience.




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