Encouragement


15
Oct 2019
Bring Someone Home!

Homecoming is this Sunday! Our 130th Church Anniversary is this Sunday! We challenge everyone to come and bring a friend! Bring your neighbor. Bring your mother.  Ring that person yo haven’t seen in several months. Bring your cousin, your work friend, your girlfriend, your boyfriend. Bring the person you just met at the grocery store! Whoeve it is, bring someone home with you to Hood MCC this Sunday! Let’s fill the pews as we come together to celebrate 130 years of ministry and worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Fellowship Coffee......

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14
Oct 2019
Original Goodness

Genesis 1:26-31 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image,     in the image of God he created them;     male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth......

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09
Oct 2019
Stuck in the Middle

This past Tuesday I was out at Midway High School working with their Marching Band. The band is about halfway through their performance and competition season. Part of the way through practice, I began to notice a lot of tension and nerves within the students. Before the end of practice, some of the tension boiled over. After helping the students and staff deal with a conflict, it hit me: this kind of thing almost always happens in groups at the midway point towards their goal. Now, the students, parents and staff had......

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08
Oct 2019
World Communion: Jesus is Savior for All

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation;  for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God......

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01
Oct 2019
Consider Your Crown

O Lord, our Sovereign,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,     to silence the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,     the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them,     mortals that you care for them?  Yet you have made them a little lower than God,     and crowned......

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24
Sep 2019
The Very First JYF Retreat

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds,......

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17
Sep 2019
Wanna Get Away From It All?

What do you do when you are busy, over-worked, stressed, anxious, depressed, feeling down or just plain worn out? Is your first instinct to reach out to someone for support, encouragement, comfort, and companionship? Or do you tend to hunker down, keep to yourself, and trudge through whatever life has thrown at you until you can make it to the other side? For whatever reason, I’ve noticed a tendency among people throughout our community towards isolation when life gets tough. That is, when we feel down or depressed, we isolate ourselves. When......

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03
Sep 2019

September Board Meeting Time Change Though all our activities from Thursday through the weekend will be based upon the path and impact of Hurricane Dorian, we are changing the time of the Church Board meeting scheduled form Sunday , September 8. The Board will meet at 5:00pm. please note this is a different time than we previously stated. Board Meeting – Sunday September 8 – 5:00pm Our Ministry Structure As our church family continues to live into God’s mission and vision for us and to grow in faith, numbers, and diversity, our......

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27
Aug 2019
Grace: Something More than Forgiveness

  What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship,......

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12
Aug 2019
Tools for Interpretation: Ask & Imagine

After talking about Biblical Interpretation this past Sunday, I want to offer you some practical tools to use in your Bible study than can aid in your interpretation of scripture. To begin, I want to return to the image I used on Sunday about studying and interpreting scripture. Scripture should be studied as though it were a precious gem. When you look at a gem, the light refracts off of every face of the gem. And every gem has many, many faces. So, as you study it, you turn it around and......

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