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Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 01:24 PM - Extra Christy
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Carrying on After Death
Police officers and Firefighters usually get along, but sometimes their priorities and procedures conflict.

I was at an accident scene once when such a collision occurred. During the discussion, the police officer shared a friendly reminder that he had a gun to back up his interpretation.

Unimpressed, the fire officer immediately responded, "After me, there's 40 guys; and you only have nine bullets." As fire chaplain, and one of the forty guys, I was relieved the discussion ended without a demonstration.

All Saints Day reminds us that death doesn't stop God's purpose. Saints in the church and in our lives are examples for us to follow, carrying on their faithful purpose, even though they are no longer here to answer the call; we are.

I hope you think beyond the haunted stories of Halloween dead who are gone to the Hopeful stories that the saints have left us to live on.

Building with Saints on the Cornerstone

So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God. - Ephesians 2:17-22

Bible quotation from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Still Life 
Sunday, October 25, 2009, 06:16 AM - Sermon, Podcast
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Matthew 19:16-25
Acts 20:7-12

How to keep youth from falling asleep in church.

This message is available as a podcast recorded live at our worship service. Click the podcast image to listen now or right click the image and choose "Save As" to save this message in mp3 file format on your computer for playing later.

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True Colors 
Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 01:08 PM - Extra Christy
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What Are You Covering Up?
It is autumn in Ohio. We've had a few sunny days where one can see the fall colors of the trees.

The color of the leaves do not change from green to red, yellow, and orange. The colors are in the leaves. We just can't see other colors in the summer, because they are covered up by the activity of food producing chlorophyll. Only when the green chlorophyll leaves the leaves in the autumn can we see the true colors.

What colors your life? What overwhelms all else so that when you look in the mirror that is all you see, all you let anyone see?

Some new friends have had all the life sucked out of them. A vicious attack has left them dealing with a long term rehabilitation that means losing job, home, and their planned path into the future.
True colors are emerging as they deal with this forced reinvention of life. What new career and dreams, covered up by the one now gone, is being revealed in vivid color? Sometimes, on sunny days, they can glimpse the new colors in their future.

I hope it doesn't take trauma to let you look deeper into your life to see the colors that are there waiting to discovered when the green leaves.
When Fear Leaves; Grace Appears

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.
- John Newton, Amazing Grace

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Plan B - Belonging - Behaving - Believing 
Sunday, October 18, 2009, 08:00 AM - Church, Media
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From our Song and Service A Light to the Heights worship Sunday, Oct 18th

Bible Reading: Luke 19:1-10 Acts 8:26-40


Jason McElway Autistic Basketball Hero via YouTube

from The Early Show on CBS

Greece Athena High School basketball from CBS The Early Show
Did Jason Behave his way into Belonging? Where is Belief?
How did different matter in belonging?
More about Jason


‘I Am Tired of Lies' via YouTube

from “The Outcast” Star Trek: The Next Generation

What is normal? Do we fix people to fit in?


“I Am Gay” scene from In & Out

(Commencement scene where everyone "comes out" as "gay" )
Scene not available on-line
Not about the “Gay Thing” What is it about?
How did Behavior Beliefs and Belonging work out?
Who changed to fit in?

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Plan B 
Sunday, October 18, 2009, 06:00 AM - Sermon, Podcast
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Acts 8:26-40
Luke 19:1-10

Different ways of coming to faith in Jesus.

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