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Matthew's Old Testament Passages in the Christmas Story: Hosea 12

In last week’s post I noted that there are four places in the opening chapters of the Gospel of Matthew that speak about the birth and infancy of Jesus in which Matthew tells us that something happened to fulfill a prophecy in the Old Testament, but it is not always clear how they referred...

Matthew's Old Testament Passages in the Christmas Story: Isaiah 7

As we move toward Christmas, we are likely to read and reflect on the Christmas story and the details recounted in Matthew 1 & 2 and Luke 1 & 2 (Jesus’s birth is not recorded in Mark and John). In these chapters we read how Jesus fulfilled various Old Testament prophecies. Matthew...

10 Ways to Say Thank You

  As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we often pause and think about things we are thankful for. For example, this year our family did a ‘Thankfulness Tree’ and put leaves on the tree on which we wrote something for which we are thankful. That was a good activity for my kids, but it...

Faith and Disability: The 5 Stages of Disability Awareness

One of the things I love about being a part of Faith Church is its commitment to minister to and with people with disabilities and their families, and to be a church that is welcoming to all, where people of all ability levels belong and serve. Part of that ministry is helping our church family...

How the Heavens Declare the Glory of God

This past weekend our campuses looked at Psalm 19. I (Pastor Brian Dennert) have asked John Bivona, a member of Faith Church, to write the post for this week. John works as a Senior Biosafety Officer for The University of Chicago - Office of Research Safety at the Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory...

Unity and Being Better Together

It is interesting how God often weaves together things in unexpected ways to place certain ideas or thoughts in our minds. I had that experience in the past week in my reading and some meetings as I have been reminded and challenged in two very different places about the importance of unity and...

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

In addition to being Halloween, October 31 is also known as Reformation Day, and Christians often use this day to reflect upon the legacy and work of Martin Luther because on October 31, 1517, Luther posted his “95 Theses” on the church doors in the German town of Wittenberg. The...

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