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Advent: A Gaze in Two Directions

In the season of Advent*, we celebrate our Lord's coming in the Incarnation and future return in glory. Our celebration of Advent gazes in two directions. In the rear-facing direction, we imagine ourselves to be in the place of those saints who looked forward to the first appearing of the Messiah. A Middle English lyric captures the thrust of this anticipation: Adam la...

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Evangelism and Apologetics Today

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First off, "apologetics"is a reasoned defense of the faith. To teach "apologetically" does not mean to apologize for the Christian faith, but to defend it. Okay, now to the meat of this post. In light of Sunday's sermon on the great commission, I want to link an article that addresses the need for pre-evangelism today. Pre-evangelism is the process of listening to others ...

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Making Disciples | Nov 18, 2018

Roots for Making Disciples Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passage and consider these questions. READ Matthew 28:16-20 [16] Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. [18] An...

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Dear Pastor, How Do We Agree on a Pledge Amount?

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How do you suggest handling differences of opinion (in a marriage) about the pledge amount? I know we I need to be on the same page, but I fear we are not... Please advise. And yes, I’m praying....

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Future Generations | Nov 11, 2018

Roots for Future Generations Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passage and consider these questions. READ Deuteronomy 32:7 (ESV) [7] Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you. Psalm 78:1-8, ...

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Joann DesLauriers Shares How to Involve TrinityKids in ROOTS

"Children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward." Psalm 127:3 I have had the pleasure of working on the children's aspects of the ROOTS campaign.As we approach the time for making commitments for the future growth of Trinity, many of you are making decisions for your families.In this process, please include your children in discussions and develop spe...

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Transformation | Nov 4, 2018

Roots for Transformation Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passage and consider these questions. READ Matthew 24:42-51 (ESV) [42] Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. [43] But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the ni...

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ROOTS: Worship on Land November 11th

Trinity'sFall Festival provided a glimpse for how we could use our land at 7760 N Memorial Aveto bless our neighbors. Imagine a church in a park like settingwith areas tocampout, hike, relax near the creek,roast smores around a campfire, playultimateFrisbee or football, and enjoyGod's creation on Trinity's property. An oasis. A place of rest. A gospel outpost. On Saturd...

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Community | Oct 28, 2018

Roots for Community Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 [12] For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. [13] For in one Spirit we were all...

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Community Group Questions | Roots for Rest | Oct 21, 2018

Roots for Rest Rev. Blake Altman God intends to change you by His Word. How is He at work in you to do that? Read the following passageand consider these questions. READ Jeremiah 17:58 [5] Thus says the LORD: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. [6] He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not se...

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