10-08-17 "The Five Solas of the Reformation: Sola Gratia"

We had another wonderful day in the Lord this Sunday morning here at First Covenant! Thank you in particular to everyone who’s been praying for the outreach to Peoria Heights High School that we took part in, in connection with Stand for Truth Ministries’ outreach team -- the Christian band, Attaboy.   We hosted Attaboy as our Worship Team on October 1, and then they held an assembly at PHHS last Wednesday, followed by a free concert that night at the Lakeview Community Center, where they shared the Gospel message with teens...

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09-24-17 "The Five Solas of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura"

Peoria is hurting right now, after police shot and killed an armed robbery suspect this week... Let’s all be in prayer for the man’s family, for the police department, for our community, and for our country in general.  Pray for wisdom, pray for strength (moral strength, physical endurance, and strength of character throughout this whole situation), and pray for peace for everyone.  Whatever else we may find out about who did what, the undeniable truth is that a man is dead now because of violence that should never have happened...

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09-10-17 "BLESS: Serve With Love"

Stress is a funny thing.  It can give you headaches, it can raise your blood pressure, it can precipitate heart attacks and strokes, and it can even make you gain weight.  It can make you snap at the people who love you, it can make you jump to conclusions that you shouldn’t, and it can make you stare up at the ceiling when what you really need to do is sleep so that you’re at your best when you need to be...

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08-27-17 "BLESS: Listen with Care"

We had a great day in the Lord this Sunday!  Working backwards, a number of us went out to lunch and had a wonderful time interacting over a meal together, enjoying good fellowship.  Let me encourage everyone to join us this coming Sunday for our monthly Brown-Bag-It lunch in the Fellowship Hall downstairs after the service, because it’s so important to be able to spend quality time together as a family -- even a church family...

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07-16-17 Let Them Hear: Sardis

Today was our first day of this year’s Vacation Bible School, and everyone seems to be holding up okay.  Well, Kristi’s cold is leaving her ears plugged up and her throat raspy, so she’s fielding her share of “deaf-mute” issues today (and, for that matter, the silly voice that I’m doing in the Finale each day kinda leaves my own throat a little sore), but other than that, we’re doing okay so far...

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07-09-17 Let Them Hear: Thyatira

We’re in the home stretch of preparing for our annual Vacation Bible School here at First Covenant!  Due to last-minute health and family issues, several of our key leadership positions have just suddenly switched around, so please be praying for leaders who are now suddenly preparing for completely different duties than they’d originally planned to be in charge of.  On the plus side, everyone’s going to come at things from a decidedly fresh perspective...

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