November 19 – A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR EVERYDAY MATTERS

by CLC_Staff on November 17, 2017

Clothe yourself… anyone who has had young children remembers helping them to get dressed each morning. Sooner (or sometimes later) they figure it out and dress themselves. That’s certainly the goal.

Paul tries to help young Christians get dressed each morning too! The goal is to dress ourselves. It is a very practical skill for everyday living, to be dressed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Paul also tells us how to accessorize and tie the whole outfit together. Come this week for a Christian “fashion” seminar!

Scripture Reference: Colossians 3:12-14

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A STANDING OVATION

by CLC_Staff on November 6, 2017

A Standing Ovation

This week we will hear from Rev. Dale Matthews who will be giving the background leading up to the death of the first martyr for the Christian faith and then will explore what the “Heavenly” response was to that first ultimate sacrifice for one’s faith in Jesus Christ.

Scripture Reference: Acts 7:54 – 8:1.

daletwp[1]Rev. Matthews was called to be the pastor at CLC in the spring of 1973 after the 26 charter families organized and became the newest congregation of the Reformed Church in America.  This group first met in Daisy Brook School and eventually completed the church building in the fall of 1978. Rev. Matthews served at CLC until 1979.

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MORE THAN COINCIDENCE

by CLC_Staff on October 30, 2017

This week we welcome Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner

Sermon Title: More Than Coincidence

I want to help persons who have lost faith, or are losing faith, as well as those who wish to help persons who are struggling with faith. A recent poll by the Pew Research Institute on the landscape of American religious life shows that persons with no faith or church connection make up our nation’s fastest growing group. I will introduce the idea of God incidents as a remarkable sequence of events in which God is made known to us in a life changing way. We will look at a history-shaping God-incidents from the New Testament book of Acts as well as an inspirational God incident from real life as an invitation to greater awareness and responsiveness to the ways God continues to engage us as disciples of Jesus.

Scripture Reference: Acts 10:34-35.

Following the worship service, Glenn will hold a book signing of his newly published book, “God Incidents: Real-Life Stories to Strengthen and Restore Your Faith.” The book is written for people who have lost faith in God or those who wish to help persons who struggle with faith issues. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the church.

Bio of Rev. Dr. Glenn Wagner:
Prior to his retirement in December as pastor of Grand Haven’s United Methodist Church of the Dunes, Wagner previously served Michigan congregations in North Muskegon and in Holt, Michigan. He is a graduate of Hope College, Yale Divinity School, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Wagner married Fremont’s Nancy Oosting at First Reformed Church in Fremont in 1975. The Wagner’s currently reside in Holland, Michigan.

November 19 – A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR EVERYDAY MATTERS

October 24, 2017

Clothe yourself… anyone who has had young children remembers helping them to get dressed each morning. Sooner (or sometimes later) they figure it out and dress themselves. That’s certainly the goal. Paul tries to help young Christians get dressed each morning too! The goal is to dress ourselves. It is a very practical skill for […]

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THE “TO BE” LIST, week four

October 17, 2017

I Want To Be Peaceful We need more peace in the world. Peace of mind, peace and quiet, peace, not war. How do I make myself be at peace and create peace around me? Scripture Reference: Philippians 4:6-9; John 14:25-27

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THE “TO BE” LIST, week three

October 10, 2017

I Want To Be Humble Humility is a virtue oft recommended in the New Testament. One of the works of humility is not thinking about yourself. So… if we want to be more humble when do we start? If we think, “I want to be humble,” one is already thinking about oneself and … off […]

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THE “TO BE” LIST, week two

October 2, 2017

 I Want To Be A Good Listener We all like having good listeners in our lives. They are special people. Of course, the short answer to the above question is, “Listen More!!” Yet how do we make a habit of this and what disciplines and habits help this along? Scripture Reference: James 1:19

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THE “TO BE” LIST, week one

September 26, 2017

New Series: The “To Be” List – This series focuses not on what I want to do, but what I want to be. The next four weeks will be a “To Be” list. I Want To Be Wise How do we become wise? Most of us want this quality, but how do we get there? […]

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THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM, week six

September 18, 2017

Be Creative, Shrewd, and Intentional in the Kingdom   This is an odd story. How shrewd are we supposed to be? This story tells us that God gave us creativity and brain power to apply ourselves to making disciples. You can be sure that the world is being every bit as cagey in promoting their […]

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THE PARABLES OF THE KINGDOM, week five

September 11, 2017

Be Prepared! The Boy Scout’s motto is, “Be Prepared!” So too is Jesus’ admonition. Of course, the questions then are, Be prepared for what? and, How do I do this? We will look at this parable to help us prepare for the future in a wise and godly way. Scripture Reference: Matthew 25: 1-13  

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