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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

A Deeper Knowledge

October 14, 2014 | by: Jessica Slavic |0 Comments

A few friends and I chatted over an early morning cup of coffee this week. We were comparing notes on the last year and talking about the things we’re learning these days. One noted that he and his wife were learning anew what it means to trust God and to rest in His provision. He said the phrases “trust God” and “rest in Him” are well-worn ideas that they thought they knew, but somehow it was different this time around. Life ... 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

Dry Times in the Word

September 11, 2014 | by: Pastor Byron Peters |0 Comments

You probably know the feeling. You wake up one morning, flip open your Bible, and think to yourself, “For the last two weeks I’ve been reading my Bible just like always, but now that I think about it, I really haven’t gotten a lot out of it lately.” Why is that? Why is it that sometimes it seems every word on the pages of the Bible shimmers with glory and application, and other times it’s like eating Shredded Wheat without th... Keep Reading

The Emergency Room is Closed.... Please Come Another Time

September 4, 2014 | by: Rik Gervais |0 Comments

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Cor 1:3-4 (ESV) Do you remember how you felt when you learned that he died? Can you recall the many times you have been ambushed by a sound, a smell, a song that always reminded you of... Keep Reading

Spirit Sanctus

August 29, 2014 | by: Pastor Greg Norfleet |0 Comments

“O Holy Spirit,As the sun is full of light, the ocean full of water,Heaven full of glory, somay my heart be full of thee. Vain are all divine purposes of loveand the redemption wrought by Jesusexcept thou work within,regenerating by thy power,giving me eyes to see Jesus,showing me the realities of the unseen world. Give me thyself without measure,as an unimpaired fountain,as inexhaustible riches. I bewail my coldness, poverty, emptiness,Imperfect ... Keep Reading

Discovering Beauty

August 22, 2014 | by: Caleb Wilkie |0 Comments

This summer, I rediscovered the hobby of my youth: drawing.For much of my leisure when I was a boy, my face would be hovering all too close to the paper, carefully observing the stroke of the graphite, obsessed with obtaining the perfect line and image. School has been a real pain for art. Summer classes, however, have allowed me some freedom to explore that wonderful medium in new ways. It’s a funny thing about art in that it is the constant pursui... Keep Reading

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