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“Thanksgiving – New Expectations,” Psalm 119:27-32
Introduction Our recent celebration of Thanksgiving – as a holiday of thanks, family, feasting, and shopping – is an outward expression of gratitude. It is mostly outward. We spend time with family. We outwardly express to them we are thankful for them. We are thankful toGodforthem and we let them know it. This is, of course, a good thing but it is mostly an outward human thing.
This morning I want to point us in the direction of a different kind of gratitude. It begins with thanksgiving to God but it expresses itself only to God, this gratitude is directed to God and it stays there. It is fixed upon God! It becomes an anchor, a tether, to God; a lifeline for transformation.
Transition We’ve got to change and constantly renew our thinking about the purpose of our life. This is where ultimate joy, purpose and meaning comes from.

The Congregational Way, Heritage Sunday Sermon November 18, 2018

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“A Simple Path,” Matthew 18:20
Introduction Gaius Glenn Atkins, then Pastor at First Congregational Church of Detroit, said this while commenting on I Corinthians 13, Sunday November 14, 1909:
Paul summons all great human spiritual endeavors to the judgement seat “… and one by one he dismisses them with this sentence: Thou too shalt pass away. “Whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. Partial and incomplete, they have no abiding city. What then is permanent, Paul? And he gravely makes answer: Now abideth faith.”[1]
Transition Ours is a grand heritage as followers of Christ in close connection to the historic Congregational Way. But why? Because The Congregational Way, when properly understood and practiced, is a way consistent with those early followers of The Way of Jesus! It is a way of pilgrimage; life together.
W.B. Selbie, in his 1927 account of Congregationalism gives a more robust trea…

II Timothy 1:6-7 Devotion

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Use Your Doubts! John 20:26-28 Devotion

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Joy in Trials Sermon, James 1:2-4

“Joy in Trial,” James 1:2-4 Dealing with Disappointment
Introduction An unbeliever once read the story of the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. As he pondered it, he said: “There is a Man who not only suffered, but who knew how to use His suffering.” This is the aim of patience. Let her have a perfect work, James 1:4 says. What does he really mean by that? The word translated “work” here is the Greek ergon which indicates that endurance should be active, not passive. James wants to correct a great misapprehension about the word, “patience.”