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Category: Weekly News

All Things to All People

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law),…
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Psalm 121: “Looking to the Hills”

The opening question of this Psalm resonates with all of us.  To be a human being, so often means having to face numerous problems and challenges in life.  No one is immune from that.  Sooner or later, we all find ourselves asking: Who’s going to help me?  How am I going to get through this? …
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Life after Moses – God’s Call to be Strong and Courageous

Change is always hard, and times of transition can be quite challenging.  At Para Vista we are beginning to come to terms with the fact that Pastor Rolly will no longer be with us.  That’s a big change for us!  How will we transition successfully through this? In Joshua chapter 1, we encounter the people…
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Eyes Fixed on Jesus

On the Tuesday after Easter, it registered on my emotional gauge that I was soon finishing up here at GSPV. It has arrived quicker than I expected. This Sunday will be my last sermon as your pastor here at Good Shepherd. Last words can be poignant and impacting. The “last words” I want to share…
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Doubt Proves that Faith Exists

Doubt almost seems like a bad word in Christian circles. All too often it is equated with falling away — with losing your faith. Christians fight against doubt and are often encouraged to just have faith. But doubts are a normal part of our lives, and we live with them most of the time. Sometimes…
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A Series of Encounters with Jesus

In our Lent-Easter series –Encounters with Jesus – we’ve heard stories from characters who knew or met Jesus: Caiaphas, Mary the sister of Lazarus, Andrew, Peter, Pontius Pilate, and Joanna the wife of Chuza. Over this coming long weekend, we will hear more stories from people who witnessed what happened to Jesus: from his betrayal…
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Encounters with Jesus 6: Joanna, wife of Chuza – Expectations

In our Lent-Easter worship series, Encounters with Jesus, we’re following Jesus from his raising of Lazarus to his resurrection (based on John 11-20).  Over the last 5 weeks, we’ve heard the stories of Caiaphas, Mary the sister of Lazarus, Andrew, his brother Peter, and Pontius Pilate. This Sunday we’ll hear the story of Joanna, the…
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Encounters with Jesus 5: Pontius Pilate – Perplexed

In our Lent-Easter worship series, Encounters with Jesus, we’re following Jesus from his raising of Lazarus to his resurrection (based on John 11-20). Over the last 4 weeks, we’ve heard the stories of Caiaphas, Mary the sister of Lazarus, Andrew, and his brother Peter. This Sunday we’ll hear the story of Pontius Pilate. His encounter…
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Encounters with Jesus 4: Peter – The Fickle Follower

In our Lent-Easter worship series, Encounters with Jesus, we’re following Jesus from his raising of Lazarus to his resurrection (based on John 11-20). Over the last 3 weeks, we’ve heard the stories of Caiaphas, Mary the sister of Lazarus, and last week Andrew – one of Jesus’ first disciples. This Sunday we will hear the…
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Encounters with Jesus 3: Andrew – the Hour has Come

In our Lent-Easter worship series, Encounters with Jesus, we’re following Jesus from his raising of Lazarus to his resurrection (based on John 11-20). Over these weeks, we are hearing stories from people who encountered Jesus. With each character’s name, there’s a tag word or phrase to describe their experience. This Sunday: Andrew – The Hour…
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