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December 27, 2012

Angel Tree

Andrew Bailey
In lieu of a regular blog article this week I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of those who donated for our Angel Tree this year. Delivering those presents has become one of my favorite events each year. It is so encouraging to see the faces of children light up when you car ry in a big arm load of presents! This year we also handed out supplies from the food pantry and some paper goods that were specifically donated for the Angel Tree. We had 6 families and I was amazed at how much was brought in for them. I took the back seat ...
December 19, 2012

Keep Christ in Christmas (and other places too!)

Andrew Bailey
Christ in Christmas (And other places too) In the first chapter of Colossians, Paul preaches a message that I think would be well received around Christmas time. He talks about how Christ is better than anything. In Colossians he mentions thrones and rulers and heavenly realms. But for our purposes I think it would work just as well to say that Christ is better than Santa Claus or Claymation Christmas specials or even presents under the tree. The point he was making was that there was nothing in the world worth being distracted by to the ...
December 12, 2012

False Advertising

Andrew Bailey
  -How much water can a ten gallon hat hold? (6 Pints) -What business did Al Capone’s business cards list? (Used furniture dealer) -What country were fortune cookies invented in? (America, Charles Jung, 1918) -Yes or no- does a quarter have an equal chance of landing heads or tails up? (No, the ‘heads’ side weighs slightly more and so lands face down more often.) False advertising is defined as “Any advertising or promotion that misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities or geographic origins of goods, services or ...
December 05, 2012

Stewards of Mystery

Andrew Bailey
Stewards of Mystery I might be wrong, but I would be willing to bet that nobody who is reading this article would say that their favorite Bible verse is anywhere to be found in 1 Corinthians 4.The reason I would be willing to make that bet is that 1 Corinthians 4 is not a very upbeat kind of chapter. In fact, Paul is talking to the Corinthians Christians and he appears to be fairly disgusted with the antics of this church. The problem, in Paul’s view, is that the Corinthian Christians are much too proud of themselves. They’ve apparently ...
November 29, 2012

3 Strikes and you're out!

Andrew Bailey
Theologically speaking, this is such a full time of year for me. With the election right behind us my mind is filled with questions about how to interact with the world and the government in a way that honors God and secures the well being of my nation and my family. With Christmas looming in the near future I’m thinking about incarnation, prophecy, church history, the trinity, angels singing in the night sky, and everything else that comes with Christmas. I’m reading a really good book by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears titled “Doctrine: ...

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