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December 3, 2017: “Make Ready a...

It was just another day at the temple for Zechariah. It was his priestly turn to make sure everything was done properly and in good order. But it turned into something quite different when an angel showed up at the altar. Have you ever had a moment in your life after which you knew nothing […]

November 26, 2017 message: “Jes...

That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one […]

November 19, 2017 message: “Ble...

God loves people who love to give. God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others. Today’s worship service focused on II Corinthians 9: 6-15 and Psalm 65. On October 1, each person in church was given $5 for […]

“Angels Among Us”

“Do not be afraid.” – The Angels The angels that appear in the story of Jesus’ birth would have been very comfortable in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages were often short and to the point – their favorite line being #DoNotBeAfraid. As we look at the stories of these winged messengers to […]

November 12, 2017 message: “Gri...

Then you won’t grieve over them and be like people who don’t have any hope. It might seem strange to say that we can have hope in the midst of grief, but the promise of resurrection is real even when we’re struggling. Even as we wonder about what heaven is like, and how Christ will […]

November 5, 2017 message: “The ...

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! We lift up this phrase in our creed (statement of faith), and we believe that the saints continue to be a part of our lives. They remind us that being faithful […]

October 29, 2017 message: “Hear...

God’s desire is that we give willingly and joyfully knowing that we’re sharing God’s gifts with others. Generosity is a witness to the world of God’s goodness and grace. Ultimately, God calls us to giving that costs us something and makes us better understand what it means to sacrifice for the sake of others in […]

October 22, 2017: “Earn-Save-Gi...

John Wesley encouraged people to “earn all you can, save all you can, and give all you can” as a way to serve God and others well. Earning means using what God has given us to make more. Saving is a part of God’s plan so that we’re prepared for whatever comes. Giving is a […]

October 15 message: “Money, Wor...

Part of our purpose on earth is to care for God’s good creation and to create with the gifts that God has given to us. Meaningful work is about using our gifts and looking at the outcome we produce, not the income we receive. Indebtedness is not God’s intention for us, nor is it an […]

October 6-7, 2017 Worship Planning Re...

This weekend we gathered at the Founder’s Home at Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference Center in Norton Shores to plan worship for the upcoming year. What an amazing weekend!!! Pastor Mary shared this with the participants: Thanks to each one of you for your time and commitment to this first-ever worship planning retreat. I am […]