Seek First Pt.2

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Do you set resolutions for the New Year? There are some among us who love the opportunity to set goals and go for it and others who despise the idea of resolutions. I recently saw a survey on the ten most common New Year’s resolutions. It was interesting to me to notice that four of the top ten most common …

Seek First

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Here we go – 2018! It often takes me a week or so to get accustomed to writing the new year on documents, but we’ll get there. As we enter 2018, I realize that there are many among us looking forward to it, and the events that it will hold, with great anticipation. Perhaps there will be a high school …

Put in a good word!

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“Put in a good word” is something people will say when they want to make the most of a relationship to give someone the opportunity they need. This weekend we saw a demonstration of this from the life of Moses in Exodus 32. Moses, living in a right relationship with God became a mediator between God and his rebellious people. …

Fasting Forward Pt. 3

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The Pennsylvania Farm Show, always a clear sign that we are fully committed to brand new year. People often associate the Farm Show with two things: bad weather and good food! Sorry about bring up food as we enter the third week of a season of fasting. The Farm Show is an example of taking an industry that is often …

Fasting Forward Pt. 2

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So I am still getting used to writing “2016!”  Right now, my date writing too often looks like “January 4, 2015, 2016.”  Its ok, I’ll get it right one of these days, its just one example of how we need to get oriented to a new year. As we consider all the ways that we need to orient ourselves for …

Fasting Forward!

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We don’t like to give things up, do we? Especially food! Not only is food something that we need to live, but it is also something that brings enjoyment in itself, as well as the fellowship with others that is often shared around meal time. So why give up food? For us to give up food there needs to be …

RSVP – Did You?

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The RSVP is a request for a response from the invited person or people. It’s derived from the French phrase Répondez s’il vous plaît, literally, “please reply.” The RSVP seems to be a diminishing aspect of our etiquette. I regularly hear from couples planning a wedding who say that it is just one extra hassle to have to call after …

Never Give Up

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Who in their right mind would call God an unjust judge or describe him as someone who is unresponsive to the needs of his friend?  Well, Jesus did! Jesus used parables, which are simple stories that enable us to grasp spiritual truth, to teach us about a variety of topics including stewardship, forgiveness, the Kingdom of God, and more. In …

Worship Naked!

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Yes, you did read that right; “Worship Naked.”  But PLEASE keep your clothes on! For the past couple of weeks at Ephrata Community Church we have referenced the statement of Jesus in John 4:23-24, “…true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those …

El Roi – The God Who Sees

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In Genesis 16 we discover that Hagar’s life was transformed by the revelation of a single truth about God, she says, “I have now see the One who sees me” (Genesis 16:13).   The personal revelation that God sees each of us can be a real life changer.  Thoughts of being insecure, alone, feeling abandoned, or just being another face …