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Sometimes we prefer our hamburgers made special: drop the onions and add pickles. Last week we preached on the two things that Paul wrote Christians should leave off their life burger. This week we will look at a couple of important ingredients Paul wrote Christians should add. Are you ready to grow as a Christian?

– Pastor Marlin Betts

Buzz Buzz

Have you ever come upon a hive of bees, heard the buzzing, and realized you were in for a rough time? Paul warned his readers at Philippi to stay away from the buzzing. Good advice! Come this Sunday and hear what Paul was writing about. Buzz. Buzz.

– Pastor Marlin Betts

Continuing Paul's Message

With Advent and Christmas a fresh memory, we will now return to Paul’s letter to the Philippians. This Sunday’s admonition is so practical, but also so necessary. What percentage of the Christian life is God’s work, and what percentage is our work? Paul’s answer may surprise you. Come Sunday and find out.

– Pastor Marlin Betts

Growing in the New Year

In making the transition from Christmas to the New Year, I find myself reflecting on the cost of obedience to God. We tend to focus on the blessings of Christmas and forget that Christmas disrupted every life that it touched. And I don’t want my fears to keep me from the blessings. So I want to grow in my relationship with God this new year. How about you?

– Pastor Marlin Betts

A Father's Perspective

The Christmas program last Sunday was inspiring. Thanks to all who participated! This Sunday we will look at the Christmas story from Joseph’s perspective and give some theological implications. God bless you and Merry Christmas!

– Pastor Marlin Betts

Christmas Program Sunday

This Sunday we will follow the regular schedule of breakfast, Sunday School and worship. But the morning worship will mainly be the Christmas Program with extra singing and involvement by our children and teens. Sunday night we will host the Brazil Community Choir at 6 pm. As the Christmas hymn says, “Come and worship… worship Christ the newborn King.”

– Pastor Marlin Betts

The Greatest Christmas Gift

It is good to be back from vacation and share with you during the Advent Season. I’m preaching from a favorite Old Testament passage about the coming of Jesus. Christmas is about Jesus! Without a relationship with Christ, Christmas is only about Santa. We need more than gifts. We need the Gift—Jesus Christ!

– Pastor Marlin Betts

Victory in Jesus

Last week we looked at Paul’s account of the humiliation of Jesus, His plunge from Heaven to His death on the cross. This week we will look at the other side, Christ’s rapid rise back to His supreme position in Heaven. The plunge and rise form both sides of the V in the story of Christ. And both sides are necessary if we are to experience spiritual Victory through Christ! Let’s celebrate our Victory this Sunday!

– Pastor Marlin Betts

The Real Meaning of the Cross

Last week I saw a football player talking to reporters and he had an cross-shaped earring in his ear. I wondered, did he actually have a relationship with Jesus or was the cross just another piece of jewelry? This week we will look at what Paul wrote about Jesus and the cross. In my preparation I was once again struck by the real meaning of the cross. I really hope you see Jesus this Sunday.

– Pastor Marlin Betts