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Mary Austin
Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Ron Love
Thomas Willadsen
George Reed

For February 23, 2020:

  • Mountains, Top and Bottom by Mary Austin — Presidential candidates go home changed, even if the Presidency eludes them. We can imagine that the same is true for James, John and Peter.
  • Second Thoughts: Crossing Thresholds by Chris Keating — Before ascending the mountain of God, Moses tells the elders to remain and wait — placing them in a season of transition and change.
  • Sermon illustrations by Dean Feldmeyer and Ron Love.
  • Worship resources by George Reed that focus on waiting for God’s vision; leaving the mountaintop to be in mission and ministry.
  • Children’s sermon: The Breath of the Holy Spirit by Tom Willadsen — People need to recognize that we depend on God for the energy and direction we need to be part of the Body of Christ, to be the church of Jesus Christ.


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