Accounting for the Hope

Posted on 22 May 2017, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Friday night I attended the Baccalaureate service for Columbia Theological Seminary here in our sanctuary. It was a beautiful service and I hope an encouraging one for the students who graduated yesterday. We sang a hymn during the service that I had not heard before though it is in our hymnal.
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But Now You Are God’s People

Posted on 16 May 2017, Pastor: Rev. Allysen Schaaf
“Come gather around people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone And if your breath to you is worth saving Then you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changing”
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Live Freely

Posted on 08 May 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Hear the word of God from I Peter 2, 11-25. Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honorable deeds and
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Love One Another Deeply

Posted on 02 May 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
I Peter 1:17-25 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold,
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Seeking Holiness

Posted on 25 Apr 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Today is the second Sunday of Easter, and we continue our Easter celebration by turning to the Apostle Peter’s letter to the early church and also to an ancient text of Israel. Peter wrote to first and second generation believers in Asia Minor, today’s Turkey. These churches were among the
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Running Afraid (Easter 2017)

Posted on 21 Apr 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Hear the good news of the gospel. Matthew 28:1-10: After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and
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Walking Together

Posted on 11 Apr 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
I love to travel. Traveling is wonderful, but, as you probably know, travelling can be stressful. Have you ever tried to get to the Atlanta airport during the Friday traffic rush? Have you ever tried to negotiate which restaurant your vacation group will attend for the evening – you know,
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Believing Beyond Belief: Dry Bones & a Dead Man

Posted on 03 Apr 2017, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
Dry bones and a dead man. A weary prophet. A day late savior. Grief. Despair. Lost hope. Beyond hope. Past hope. No hope. Resignation. Sadness. That which is dead is dead. What else can it be? Dry and dusty bones, long dead. A body four days in the tomb, the funeral spices no longer covering
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Acknowledging Our Blindness

Posted on 26 Mar 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Everyone loves a good story, and the older I get, the more I appreciate character development. An engaging novelist or an aspiring television producer will ensure that their characters come alive on the page or on the screen, that they are more than word or image, more than caricatures. A
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Reflections: DPC Senior High Youth

Posted on 21 Mar 2017
Rachel Scott’s Reflection Anyone who knows me knows that I am a planner. I always have been. My many Pinterest boards can show you that I’ve already planned in advance everything from the outfits I’ll wear for upcoming events, to how I want to decorate my college dorm room and future home. Now
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Asking Questions

Posted on 13 Mar 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Jesus invited Nicodemus on a fresh journey of faith, to embark upon a holy adventure. Every journey will entail questions along the way… Genesis 12:1-4 Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you
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Facing Temptations

Posted on 05 Mar 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
We will inevitably face temptations as we attempt to walk in faith. We pray that we may be fully aware of our temptations, name them and claim them, and ask God’s help in overcoming them. Gen 2:15-17 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the
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Listen to the Lord

Posted on 27 Feb 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Our psalm for today speaks of who God is. The Holy God, who rules over all peoples and nations, is a great and active King, This God loves justice and establishes equity. This highly exalted God hears the cries of those in need and responds in justice and righteousness. This God forgives
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Keeping Covenant

Posted on 23 Feb 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Psalm 119:33-40 33Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. 34Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. 35Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. 36Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to
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Blessings and “Buts”

Posted on 13 Feb 2017, Pastor: Rev. Alex Rodgers
As we read a very small portion of Psalm 119 today, I want us to be aware of a few things. At 176 verses, Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the collection. It is a literary marvel and quite an achievement by the psalmist. It is an acrostic. In its original Hebrew, each line begins with a letter
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Delighting in God’s Commandments

Posted on 05 Feb 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Our focus on the psalms in worship over the past weeks has been invigorating. The psalms have a way of getting us back to what is most important about living a life of faith. Today’s psalm reminds us of the benefits of delighting in the commandments of God. Before I read the psalm, it should be
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Are You In?

Posted on 30 Jan 2017, Pastor: Rev. Allysen Schaaf
Prayer for Illumination Dear God, the journey is long. We are tired and we are hopeful. Send your Spirit to be a light to our path, that by illuminating the way for us we might walk hand in hand with you and our brothers and sisters towards your vision of grace and truth. Amen. Introduction to
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Seek the Lord

Posted on 26 Jan 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Before we sing together our psalm for the day, consider the story behind the words. This psalm, attributed to David, speaks of vulnerability and fear. Powerful enemies are at hand and the songwriter feels abandoned, alone, in need of refuge. Trembling and afraid, he claims that false witnesses
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Trust in the Lord!

Posted on 15 Jan 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Psalm 40 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in
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Worship the Lord!

Posted on 10 Jan 2017, Pastor: Rev. Dr. Todd Speed
Psalm 29 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is
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