The Benefits of Baptism

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Why did Jesus get baptized? He didn’t need to have his sins forgiven, he didn’t need to receive faith—he was already the Savior! Why, then?

Jesus was baptized because in his baptism he received benefits in two ways. Two of the same ways that you benefitted from your baptism.

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An Epiphany at The Epiphany

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Sometimes we think God is still all wrapped up, unable to be figured out. And in some ways, he is. But in the best way, the way we most need...he has unwrapped himself for our great benefit.

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Christmas-ed Out?

Are you Christmas-ed out? All the preparations, food, music, planning, presents...everything else?

If so, that's okay. Because Christmas is much greater, and much different, than all those things.

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Starting with Your "Why"

In order to truly "get" the why of Advent and Christmas, we must contemplate 2 distinct questions:

#1: Do I believe how incomprehensibly horrible hell is?

#2: Do I believe how incomprehensibly amazing heaven is?

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Each Othering

What is the relationship people at a particular church have with each other? Should have? What could they have? God gives us a beautiful portrait of the church in a letter from a pastor to his church.

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God Isn't Like That

"Earn It." "Prove yourself." "If you are good enough, I'll love you." ...3 statements on the list of things God has never said.

We're not naturally wired for grace, to receive unconditional love from people or God. It tends to make us uncomfortable, and it denies us our natural desire to earn things, prove ourselves, and feel adequate.

But grace is so good. Especially when it comes from God.

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Trends in Christianity & Churches | Mark Birkholz

On October 14th, Mission Counselor Mark Birkholz gave a wide-ranging presentation to Shepherd of the Lakes after worship. Here is audio of his talk on trends in Christianity, American churches, and the work churches seek to do: give people the life-saving message of free forgiveness because of Jesus’ sacrificial life and death!

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