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Chasing Rest

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As many of you know, I just returned from a beautiful two and a half weeks in the Caribbean. (It hardly feels real that I can say that!) I went with two friends from college that have remained good friends over the years. We wanted to celebrate over two decades of friendship and the unbelievable...

Training to Save a Life

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Have you ever helped save a life? I have. It’s terrifying and thrilling and humbling. Many of you may have heard that one of our faith community members went into cardiac arrest in the church lobby early one Monday evening in September. Our good, great, and gracious God saw fit to place me...

Picking Songs: Part 1


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Picking Songs: Part 1 By Caris Power  Picking worship songs and putting together the order of service each week is one of the most fun and most daunting tasks I am privileged to do as part of my job every week on staff. I was once asked if I just picked my favorites each week to sing...

It's Alive!

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<Nerd alert!> I love beginning a new sermon series at church. I do!Is anyone else feeling me on that one?There are several reasons for it: The start of something fresh. Hearing the vision behind why the pastor has chosen a particular portion of scripture to take our church through...

Angels Atop Trees

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 We have ALWAYS had an angel on top of our Christmas tree. He/she (I’m not actually sure) presides over each of our Christmas seasons with bright, white-lighted aplomb. She/he is up there because the angels brought the message about the coming Messiah to Mary, and then to Joseph, and...

Unsung Heroes

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unsung hero | noun  Someone who does a great job yet receives little or no recognition for that. An unsung hero usually refrains from claiming too much in return for his/her efforts. We love our heroes, don’t we? The Marvel and DC comic empires have made billions of dollars as...

Why Worship Lyrics Matter

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Do you give much thought to the words we sing together on Sunday mornings? Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV After the sermon...

It's Story Time!

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Would you like to hear a story? It was a dark and stormy night. Just kidding. Well, actually, it was dark but it wasn’t stormy one night, many years ago, when I was curled up on my couch in my SE Portland apartment that I shared with my friend Maile. It was late and I was absorbed in a...