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Thankful…”For you are with me”

November 24, 2014 | by: Brian Ellison |0 Comments

Each year as we gather in homes for Thanksgiving, we are frequently reminded of the first one held at Plymouth Colony in 1621. The first Thanksgiving, contrary to the more common historical narrative, was actually a three-day harvest feast – a fairly common event in England – rather than a one-day meal. The event likely took place in late September and included guests from the Wampanoag tribe, who outnumbered the settlers (“Pilgrims&rdqu... Keep Reading

Knowing Your Neighbor to Help Them See Christ

November 20, 2014 | by: Pastor Byron Peters |0 Comments

John 1:48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Take a moment and ask yourself: “How many people really know me? Not just the ‘me’ I project, but the real me?” I’d be surprised if you had more than one hand&rsqu... Keep Reading

Friendship

November 13, 2014 | by: Jonathan Prentice |0 Comments

There is nothing quite like a friend. I am reminded of this when I think about my wife. I am reminded of this when I pray to know the Lord’s presence and a friend shows up in my life. I am reminded of the theme of friendship in the cult classic movie I watched recently, Napoleon Dynamite. True friends can be hard to come by. In a time where the hustle and bustle of life may make us long for solitude in the countryside or perhaps on a deserted island... Keep Reading

“I Fear People” - A Book That’s Worth the Read

November 6, 2014 | by: Pastor Greg Norfleet |0 Comments

I can still remember, nearly 30 years ago, sitting on the steps of my fraternity house and reading these words written by the apostle Paul: “Am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). I had just become a Christian, and the Holy Spirit was wasting no time in confronting my idol of choice. My ongoing fight against “p... Keep Reading

Our Fear of Death…Or Even Talking About It

October 30, 2014 | by: Rik Gervais |0 Comments

“…Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him, the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16-17 He died over ten years ago. Suddenly, the last of the kids were gone, and grief that had been suppressed by the greater need to take care of her family came pouring out of M... Keep Reading

In This Political Season

October 23, 2014 | by: Rick Hawkes |0 Comments

“This phrase, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of things that are shaken—that is, things that have been made—in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain.” Heb 12:27 In the midst of an intense political campaign, we have a backdrop of economic turmoil. The usual political promises ring hollow when the cast of world leaders stands helpless as global markets gyrate. Nevertheless, many partisans seem cer... Keep Reading

A Cold Winter at the NICU

October 17, 2014 | by: Ashley Yarnoff |0 Comments

A husband and wife shook off the damp chill of another cold Chicago winter. They were tired but walked with haste to the hospital desk and checked in. The NICU was quiet this evening, the hum of machines and blinking lights, nurses in and out the only sound. They walked to the incubator in the middle of the room and sat down beside her. Through a little hole in the side, they took hold of their daughter's hand. The tiny girl, hovering just over two and a h... Keep Reading

CCC Missions Conference Next Weekend!

October 2, 2014 | by: Brenda Ellison |0 Comments

CCC is having our first ever Missions Conference next weekend (October 10-12). We are honored to haveDr. Richard Pratt, author, Old Testament professor and founder of Third Millennium Ministries, as our guest speaker. Please come to as many events as you can! Friday – October 10· 6:30 pm – CCC and Bridges International are hosting a dinner and talk from Dr. Pratt at University Presbyterian Church (209 East Franklin St., across from Mor... Keep Reading

Give it a Rest

September 25, 2014 | by: Martin McCorkle |0 Comments

Christ came for me at the energetic age of 22 and I sensed an immediate kinship with Paul. I loved his passion, his vision and his withering sarcasm. As a devotee of Paul, I also took on his enemy – the Judaizers. Those crafty people who sought to rob us of our freedom in Christ. So when anyone brought up the Sabbath, I was ready. I lifted my Scriptural shotgun and fired both barrels: Colossians 2:16 and Romans 14:5. “Don’t push your cale... Keep Reading

Global Mission Conference

September 19, 2014 | by: Brenda Ellison |0 Comments

In July 2004 our family flew across a good part of our world to embark on an adventure that would change our lives. Our sons were 4 and 7 years old and we took them on our first family mission trip to Ukraine. Faith, flexibility, and adaptability were qualities we thought we had before this trip. Soon we found we knew nothing about such things. God taught us so much about Himself on this trip. We had no control over where we went, our schedules, or what we... Keep Reading

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