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Advent + Advent Resources

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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Life Together Study Questions | Discussion Week 4

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together, Discussion Week 4 Chapter 4: Ministry BACKGROUND toLife Together Refer to Discussion Week 1 for background.All quotations taken from: Bonhoeffer, Dietrich.Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. New York: Harper and Row, 1954. Reprint 2009. QUESTIONS This chapter, "Ministry," is not about "professional" mini...

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Trinity COVID-19 Protocols

TRINITY COVID-19 GUIDELINES Our desire is to gather as a church family for corporate worship and other Trinity events while implementing safe and wise guidelines that serve one another and our city. General Protocol We strongly encourage you to practice social distancing and wear a mask at indoor Trinity events. At outdoor events we encourage you to practice social dist...

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Life Together Study Questions | Discussion Week 3

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together, Discussion Week 3 Chapter 3: The Day Alone BACKGROUND toLife Together Refer to Discussion Week 1 for background.All quotations taken from: Bonhoeffer, Dietrich.Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. New York: Harper and Row, 1954. Reprint 2009. QUESTIONS Icebreaker question: Typically, being an extrovert ...

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Life Together Study Questions | Discussion Week 2

Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together, Discussion Week 2Chapter 2: The Day with Others BACKGROUND toLife Together Refer to Discussion Week 1 for background.All quotations taken from: Bonhoeffer, Dietrich.Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community. New York: Harper and Row, 1954. Reprint 2009. QUESTIONS Icebreaker question: This chapter discusses the f...

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What is Fasting?

Embers and Flames

"Self-indulgence is the enemy of gratitude, and self-discipline usually its friend and generator. That is why gluttony is a deadly sin. The early desert fathers believed that a person's appetites are linked: full stomachs and jaded palates take the edge from our hunger and thirst for righteousness. They spoil the appetite for God." - Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Presiden...

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Life Together Study Questions | Discussion Week 1

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together Discussion Week 1 Chapter 1: Community BACKGROUND toLife Together Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Feb 4, 1906 Apr 9, 1945) was a German Lutheran theologian and pastor. He was raised in Berlin and studied theology under Adolf Von Harnack and Karl Barth, both of whom served as mentors to the young Bonhoeffer. Met with the rising of the Third Re...

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Election? Oh, Boy!

I mentioned in a recent sermon that the word Peter uses for "elect" means "to pick out" or "to select out of a number." Paul uses this verb in Ephesians 1:4, "he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us" Peter chooses this word to remind us that we are part of God's chosen people. In the ...

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Martin Luther on Pandemics

Two hundred years after the Bubonic plague killed half the population of Europe, John Hess, a pastor in Breslau, Germany, wrote to Martin Luther to seek advice. "Can a Christian flee from a deadly plague?" It was not a theoretical questions since black death, small pox and other contagious diseases still festered across Eurpean landscapes and towns in 1527. In reply Luther...

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Community Group Questions | John 14:15-21, 16:7-15 | May 31, 2020

The Gift of the Holy Spirit Rev. Blake Altman, Lead Pastor 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 John 14:15-21, 16:7-15 (ESV) 14:15"If you love me, you willkeep my commandments.16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you anotherHelper,to be with you forever,17event...

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