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Pastor's Blog

02
Mar

JESUS: THE VICTORY OF GOD

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Today is the first Sunday in the season of Lent. Lent begins with the commemoration of Ash Wednesday and culminates in the remembrances of Holy Week: the Last Supper, Jesus arrest and crucifixion. The practice of this forty-day period can be traced as far back as the third century in the Christian Church. The forty days are modeled on Jesus’ forty-day fast in the wilderness following his baptism. But the number forty is found in other significant places in the Bible as well, like the forty days and nights of rain, the forty years of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness.  ...
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12
Jan

Priorities for a New Year

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Our Vision:   Palos Heights Christian Reformed Church exists to make and equip passionate followers of Jesus who love all people and transform their communities for the glory of God.   Our Values:   Following Jesus – Connecting with others – Serving our community – Restoring all things     It’s been more than two years since we as a church began our participation in the Renewal Lab at Calvin Theological Seminary. Those two years were designed to be an intensive jump-start to the process of listening and re-visioning for ministry here at Palos Church. But the Renewal process doesn’t end....
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25
Nov

The Gifts of Christmas

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    This is the time of the year when gifts are on everyone’s mind. Some of us have all our Christmas shopping done; while others don’t know what all the fuss is about, December 24 is still 28 days away and there’ll be plenty of time that day. The airways are filled with advertisements promising that we can find that one special gift for that one special person only at the advertiser’s shop. There will be gifts that are handcrafted while others are mass-produced, but the value of either gift is often determined by the heart of the giver.  ...
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17
Nov

A Year of Living Thankfully

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  What a wonderful sight to see on Wednesday afternoon this week – more than 100 bags of food all lined up ready to be taken to Roseland Christian Ministries by our Middle School Boys Ministry. Thank you to everyone who helped to provide food for needy families.   As we enter into this Thanksgiving Day week, let me offer a challenge that you can start this week. Let’s together kick off a Year of Living Thankfully. One simple way to participate in this is identifying at least one thing every day for which to be thankful. Let’s take that one...
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10
Nov

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

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I’ve been thinking a bit about just what we mean when we say or sing that God has the whole world in his hands. In part because of all the social media posts I’ve seen both before and since the election this past week assuring one another that no matter the outcome God’s “got this.” Let me say at the outset that I absolutely believe that. However, given both candidates from the major parties this year, I’m left to wonder exactly how that works.   The topic for the 11th and 12th grade catechism class this week was the providence of...
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03
Nov

Blessing Bags

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  This Christmas season the Enfolding/Fellowship Team would like to encourage your participation in a ministry opportunity to share a blessing with people God places in your path.  Over the next month, we ask members of the congregation to contribute items to be placed in small gift bags.  In early December we will host an evening in the fellowship hall where we will come together to assemble the donated items into small bags we will call Blessing Bags.  The following Sunday members may take the Blessing Bags to give to the people God is calling them to bless.  There are five...
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27
Oct

Praying for the Community

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  Let me start with a warning. Whenever I talk or write about praying for a specific cause or purpose, I am reminded of the opening thoughts in John DeVries’ wonderful little book Why Pray? In a chapter entitled “Does It Pay” he addresses an expectation I suspect most of us have; namely that prayer will bring about results. We are products of a results oriented culture. If we are going to spend our time, energy, attention or resources on something we expect results. Furthermore, we expect particular results; to be precise, results that are in line with what we want....
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21
Oct

Loving Clinton (or Trump)

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    Last evening I settled in and watched the Presidential debate (yes, I also kept up with the Cubs game online; occasionally I can multitask). Some primal sense of civic duty compelled me to give six hours of my life over the last month to these debates. What I witnessed, while sporadically enlightening, was more often than not similar to what I remember of the squabbles between my children. What we witnessed, if you watched the debates, will likely be recalled as the year we went from a handshake, to a nod, to outright disregard. The downward trajectory of the...
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13
Oct

Loving the Truth

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I’ve been thinking about my grandchildren a fair amount lately, and not only because I think they’re adorable and their pictures surround me as I go about my work. I’ve also had them on my mind as I think about the future. I’ve been wondering about what sort of world they will live in when they are my age. Even as I write that I’m aware of how old that makes me sound. I recall all the times I’ve heard parishioners wonder aloud about that very concern: “I can’t help but wonder/be worried/be afraid of what the world will be like...
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06
Oct

Praying for Reconciliation

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Unless you have been living in a cave somewhere I suspect you have viewed the scenes that have drawn the nation’s attention for a moment to places like Ferguson or Dallas or Tulsa. In addition there have been scenes of protesters filling the streets in places like San Diego, Minneapolis and Chicago. The Twittersphere and Facebook have lit up with opinions about whose lives matter; some of it, maybe most of it, unhelpful and only adding fuel to an already explosive mix. Leaders from whom we ought to expect and demand better instead seem only capable of engaging in the politics...
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25Jun
Worship Service Sunday, June 25 @ 10:00 AM
25Jun
Worship Service Sunday, June 25 @ 6:00 PM
28Jun
Fun & Fellowship Wednesday, June 28 @ 9:30 AM
02Jul
Worship Service Sunday, July 2 @ 10:00 AM
02Jul
Worship Service Sunday, July 2 @ 6:00 PM
04Jul
E/D/PW meeting Tuesday, July 4 @ 7:00 PM
 
 

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