Children of Light

Children of Light

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“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” (‭‭John‬ ‭12:46‬) Jesus spoke these words as he was teaching the people in the temple during the preparation days before the Passover on which he would be crucified. His words were spoken to the unbelieving crowds in broad daylight, and they did not understand what he was trying to teach them. He came to us as a babe in a manger, heralded by heavenly hosts of angels shining with the “light of God’s glory” (Luke 2:9-14). He grew up into manhood, gaining favor with God and men (Luke 2:52). At the age of about 30, Jesus began to travel around his homeland, teaching the people that the kingdom of God had arrived. His miracles, signs and wonders testified to the truth of his teaching and his “light” offended the religious leaders,… (‭‭John‬ ‭12:46‬) Jesus spoke these words as he was teaching the people in the temple during the preparation days before the Passover on which he would be crucified. His words were spoken to the unbelieving crowds […]
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Time is of the Essence

Time is of the Essence

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The smell of autumn is in the air as the season transitions from the supposedly “lazy days of summer” into the crisp days of fall with its stunning colors and abundant harvest. It’s the season of back to school and booked up calendars in the busy family life where it seems like there is never enough time to fit it all in. The necessities of daily living compete with school schedules, work commitments, family responsibilities, sports, dance, band, bible class, Sunday worship...the list goes on, and the continuing question of how to fit it all in with only 24 hours in a day (and everyone needs to sleep) is a challenge. Truly, time is the essence of this life and regardless of your life situation, there will always be more things to fill up your time than there is time available to be filled. It would be priceless indeed if…er” into the crisp days of fall with its stunning colors and abundant harvest. It’s the season of back to school and booked up calendars in the busy family life where it seems like there is never […]
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All who Labor 

All who Labor 

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬) Labor Day 2019 is on Monday, September 2nd.  This holiday pays tribute to the contributions of American workers, is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September, and became a federal holiday in 1894. The holiday originated during the Industrial Revolution when labor practices were dismal, working environments were unsafe, and child labor abuses were common. Today’s work environment is very different, yet in a very real sense, we all labor under a load that is dismal.  Jesus came to seek and save those who struggle under many kinds of burdens: sin, worry, doubt, fear, loneliness and confusion.  He offers us a different kind of life experience when we follow him. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find…11:28‬) Labor Day 2019 is on Monday, September 2nd.  This holiday pays tribute to the contributions of American workers, is traditionally observed on the first Monday in September, and became a federal holiday in 1894. The holiday originated […]
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Family of God

Family of God

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When you think of the word “family” what thoughts come into your mind?   Is it a memory of your mother holding you close after waking you from a scary childhood dream or your father tossing a ball with you in the front yard?  Maybe you were blessed with other siblings and you remember the fun of romping about in exuberant games together, then sharing cookies that Mom baked. The idea of family evokes thoughts of belonging, comfort, care, love, companionship, and so much more.  In fact, the family structure has existed in every society, in every generation, so it is not surprising that we see God actually set up the family model in the garden of Eden when he created Adam and Eve.  (Genesis 1-2)  Moving forward to the time of Jesus and his church, we see the family structure expanded as the relationship Jesus established for his followers. … mother holding you close after waking you from a scary childhood dream or your father tossing a ball with you in the front yard?  Maybe you were blessed with other siblings and you remember the […]
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Haven of Rest

Haven of Rest

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Summertime is filled with so many activities and as the temperatures get hotter here in the Treasure Valley, finding a place to cool down is definitely a priority.  Lakes and streams become a destination for many folks seeking a change of climate to beat the heat! Idaho has more than 2,000 lakes with names, and thousands of others without names. Some Idaho lakes can't be found on any map! Two of Idaho's northern lakes are said to be among the most beautiful in the world. Lake Coeur d'Alene and Lake Pend Oreille (the largest in the state with a surface area of 180 square miles). Bear Lake is another beautiful lake located on the Idaho-Utah border and is famous for its spectacular turquoise colour, giving it the nickname the ‘Caribbean of the Rockies’. This is one of the most visited lakes in Idaho not only for its beauty, but also… Valley, finding a place to cool down is definitely a priority.  Lakes and streams become a destination for many folks seeking a change of climate to beat the heat! Idaho has more than 2,000 lakes with names, and […]
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