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Midweek Miscellanies (12/17) – An assortment of articles, book recommendations, blog posts, podcasts and other links that we hope you find helpful.

Podcast Pick: How to Become Fluent in the Gospel with Jeff Vandersteldt Think You Know the Christmas Story? Here are Five Common Misconceptions: New Testament scholar Michael Kruger on some common misconceptions about Christmas. The Consensus Best Books of 2020: Here is a list of some of the books that are making a lot of the “best ...

Statement regarding Governor Wolf’s new mitigation order 12/11/20

Hi Christ Church Family, Hi Friends, As you may be aware, Governor Wolf recently released new Covid-19 restrictions for the state of PA that go into effect this Saturday. You may be wondering if and how they affect our indoor gatherings. We were encouraged to find that the state has placed a value on religious ...

Christ Church Sunday Service Preview 12/13/20

Hi Friends, I’m looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday!  We are going to be continuing in our study in Luke’s biography and meet a blind man who sees something that profoundly changes his life.  I think God wants to give us this same vision and do something powerful in each one of us. ...

Christmas Gift Ideas

Hi Friends, As you get ready for Christmas, there is no greater gift that you could give ourselves or others, than the gift of growing deeper in faith.  In Acts 17 we are given a picture of how vibrant faith can be cultivated, Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received ...

Christ Church Sunday Service Preview 12/6 Generosity without Reciprocity

Hi Friends, This Sunday we are excited to have Doug Hayes from Covenant Mercies, a ministry that serves orphans in Africa, come and teach us about God’s heart for people that are often overlooked.  Join us to be inspired and equipped to be a difference maker this Christmas season. Please take time to review our liturgy ...

Midweek Miscellaneous 12/3

Midweek Miscellanies (12/3) – An assortment of articles, book recommendations, blog posts, podcasts and other links that we hope you find helpful. The Healthiest Ordering of Our Loves: Scott Sauls explains how loving Christ above all else, actually helps us love other things better. Bible Reading Plan: A new year is almost upon us, which means now is a ...

Thanksgiving Message From Pastor Jeff

This year has been tough, but as I took some time to reflect this afternoon, I’m amazed at the many reasons I have to still thankful. I’m still thankful, because we have seen more people come to faith this year than ever before. I’m still thankful, because our church staff has been incredible in working ...

Christ Church Sunday Service Preview 11/29/20

Hi Friends, I’m excited to kick off the advent season this Sunday.  I think Jesus has an important word for us as he asks us the question “Is Something Missing?  Please take time to review our liturgy below and use it as a prayer guide to prepare our hearts for this gathering.    Also, prayerfully ...

Midweek Miscellanies: Thanksgiving Edition (11/26) 

An assortment of articles, book recommendations, blog posts, podcasts and other links that we hope you find helpful. 9 Things You Should Know About Thanksgiving: A helpful history and thoughts on Thanksgiving. 10 Key Bible Verses on Gratitude: “Gratitude to God is essential, but not only for the sake of the good things that he bestows. The ...

Christ Church Sunday Preview 11/22/20

Hi Friends, It has been quite a week.  I don’t know about you, but I never felt more of a need for church.  As sad as things are, I believe that God wants to work peace, hope, comfort and joy in our hearts as we worship Jesus together this Sunday.  Whether online or in person, ...