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30November 2012

by: Jim Donohue

Christmas Evangelism Ideas

Wanting Something More Out of Christmas Is it just my imagination or is the Christmas season by far the craziest time of the year? There’s Christmas shopping, Christmas decorating, Christmas lighting (as soon as you get all your leaves raked), Christmas plays, Christmas parties, Christmas cookies, Christmas photos, and Christmas TV specials.  It feels like a 900 mph sleigh ride...

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29November 2012

by: Rob Flood

A Few Good Men

(Blog manager’s note: this is the third of four posts running from October through December in which Rob summarizes teachings presented recently in a Vital Life series. You can listen to his full messages by clicking here on CFC’s website). Bible Warriors There are many examples of warriors in Scripture...even famous ones: -         ...

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28November 2012

by: Guest Blogger

Advent Reading (Mid week devotion)

The Announcement Luke 1:26-38 –“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’ But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to...

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27November 2012

by: Gayline Shorey

Reflections on Pain that Won’t Go Away

Tim and I recently enjoyed the Sovereign Grace pastors conference.  We look forward to this event with eager anticipation each year, as at the conference we are given the opportunity to reconnect and fellowship with other SG pastors and wives, enjoy worship and receive good teaching.  This year we were not disappointed. A highlight for the conference for me was the women’s...

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26November 2012

by: Andy Farmer

A Church Where Shame is Suffocated and Celebrated

This is the final post of a three part series on shame.  Its based things I learned at the recent 2012 CCEF Conference, “Guilt and Shame”, and in reading Ed Welch’s excellent new book Shame Interrupted – How God Lifts the Pain of Worthlessness and Rejection. In previous posts we talked about shame and its effect on our lives, and how Jesus has come as the ultimate...

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25November 2012

by: Tim Shorey

The Hope of a Child: First Sunday of Advent

(This is the first reading of the Advent calendar to be presented by CFC’s Further In blog. Readings will appear each Sunday, Wednesday, and Saturday between now and Christmas, with our final reading appearing Christmas morning.) The Prophecy (Sunday devotion) Isaiah 9:6-7 – “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and...

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24November 2012

by: Gina Flood

Slowing Down the Holiday Tornado (a little bit)

(This post introduces us to the Advent season and one family’s use of an advent calendar. Starting tomorrow and running on Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through December, we will be providing such a calendar on the CFC Further In blog.) Christmas Chaos and Loving It The Christmas Season is here! No stopping it now! The days are blurring by with increasing velocity as each day races...

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23November 2012

by: Tim Shorey

A Passing Gospel Thought: Jesus Friend of Sinners

“…Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV). “…Look at him…a friend of tax-collectors and sinners” (Luke 7:34)! A while ago Gayline and I shared the gospel with two people on the same day in a local mall. One was a 40 year old...

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22November 2012

by: Guest Blogger

Showered With Blessing

By Jeff Schinella* A Growing Family My wife, Melissa, is quickly approaching her due date with our first child, and, as you can imagine, we've thought a lot about what God may have in store for our growing family!  The blessings, the changes, the challenges...  there are countless things to consider and be excited for, and I’m filled with anticipation and thankfulness as we...

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21November 2012

by: Guest Blogger

Election Reflections

(A few thoughts compiled from members of the CFC Bloggers “Guild”) No Authority Except from God “The recent Presidential election caused me to be grateful to God…First, I found myself [thankful that] we live in a country…diverse opinions, philosophies, and political strategies can be freely and openly shared without threat of persecution…Second, I thank...

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