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Brief Video Update on Rockland Re-Opening 

Click the above image for a short video update on Rockland's re-opening plans....

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Want to Join the Symphony?

One of myfavorite things in the whole,wide world isto seeall the unscheduled,unplanned, and disorganized ministry that happens from individuals moved by God to do so. I am talking about ministry from someone whosimply feels compelled by Christ to love another human being as He has loved them. It is a beautiful thing.When individuals do this, it creates a ripple. When the ...

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The Gospel is Bigger than a Virus

Amidst a worldwide pandemicthe Gospel continues to grow. This week, our Chimes editor Shirley Johnson, has compiled for us some information on 3 of our local mission partners. Rockland Community Church has a long history of mission work for those who are in need. Through the years our church has picked up the gauntlet and made a difference in people's lives. Think back to...

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Question for you, Rockland. PLEASE READ AND REPLY!

I have a very important question for you:What are your questions? This Sunday I will be preaching on a text that historically brings up TONS of questions. Seriously, it might evoke more questionsthan almost any other text in the Scriptures. If you lead this in a Bible study/interactive format, good luck finishing it in one week.I would love to know your questionsbefore ...

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Stir crazy yet?

In the midst of radically changing times, the Bible has stayed remarkably consistent. We have been having our Bible Study online called "Fear Not: Unchanging Truth for Uncertain Times" that deals with deep truths that settle us duringunsettling times. (We have another one Wednesdayat 9AMright HERE. Hope you will tune in!) The aim of the timeis to give very practical tru...

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Uncertainty

Right now, uncertainty abounds. A young couple desiring to go into missionary work had invited a missionary couple to their home. The host couple kept mentioning that life was so "uncertain" for them because the husband had multiple sclerosis. He could either be eventually immobilized in a hospital bed, or live normally until death, or die unexpectedly. After hearing the...

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Chimes: Digital Edition!

Well, I keep realizing more and more and more things that are impacted by this virus and another one of them just came up: the distributionof the Rockland Chimes publication. There is a faithful crew of people who normally meetto fold it and that couldn'thappen this go-round for obvious reasons. Instead, I give you "Chimes: Digital Edition".--Click Here to download the Ch...

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Sunday Notes from Rockland!

This is what our current sanctuary looks like!Thanks for the pictures.Keepsending them!See below for a few quick announcements from Sunday. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: New online Bible Study starting this Wednesday on our newYouTube page! We will be studyingtruths that help us stand firm in the circumstances in which we find ourselves. (See below for more detailson this and...

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Why I'm Encouraged Right Now

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Based on the latest input, stay-at-home orders, school closings, and more, we have decided to officially shut down meetings at the church through the end of April unless circumstances change drastically for the better. That means that Holy Week, including Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and even Bright Sunday will be a lot different this ye...

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Rockland Online and Important "ask"

I genuinely miss getting to see you all on Sundays and can't wait until this all passes so we can get back to whatever the new normal looks like! 3 very quick things I wanted to mention:1)Log on and watch with us Sunday at 9AM!I know it is not the same as being together in person,but it is the best we can do for now! God can still move in our hearts and minds even whilewe...

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One big lesson ...

The Book of Romans is a single letter that encompasses so many of the profound truths of our precious faith in one work. Can't make a service? Check it out online here!ROCKAND LIVE STREAM AND VIDEO ARCHIVE Think about it.... The righteous live by faith. God is the only, right Judge over all His creation. We are all accountable to Him whether we know it, like it, or ...

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The Coronavirus, Rockland’s plans, and King Jesus!

Rockland Online:ROCKLAND LIVESTREAM AND VIDEO ARCHIVE Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:5-7 Scriptures like these are a great comfort in confusin...

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Perseverance

And the Oscar for 'Most Obvious Statement of the Year' goes to... "It is easier, I find, tonotpersevere, rather thantopersevere."We get tired pretty quickly don't we? It is so difficult to die on every hill in the fallen world in which we find ourselves. We can't micromanage our kids, our spouses, our own lives even. It is just....exhausting.Think about what is on your to...

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It Starts with You

I still don't know why some people do the things they do, but one guy wanted to walk on a tightrope over Niagara Falls while pushing someone in a wheelbarrow. Apparently it is a true story.Yes, a man actually had the crazy idea thathe wanted to walk on a tightropeacross Niagara Fallswhile pushing a wheelbarrow with a man in it. Apparently, he put together a detailed, rigo...

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NO Condemnation (Seriously)

This Sunday I spent 25 minutes preaching on one whole verse. "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1) It may seem odd, but if I had to do it again - based largely on emails I have received and conversations I have had - I would preach this verse and this concept of living forgiven for an entire month.One of the things I am d...

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The First Musicians

You might think thatif someone came up to me after a worship servicewhere Ijust preacheda sermon and said, "I was really movedby the musictoday",it would bother me.But it doesn't. In fact, I love it.Does that make me weird?As we prepare for our Nativity Celebration this Sunday with all sorts of great music from all generations, I am reminded of how meaningful music has be...

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Ed's Announcement

In case you missed our worship services today, I made anannouncement on behalf of Pastor Ed (who is home sick so he was unable to do it in person - pray for him!)I'll let him tell you in his own words. (See below) To My Dear Rockland Community Church Friends,After much prayerful deliberation, Michelle and I believe that the Lord is leading me to retire from my professiona...

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O Come, All Ye Faithful

I would have Christmas tunes playing on the radio year-round if Nikki would let me. I love them. The songs we sing at Christmasare some of the finest pieces music known to man, and the classic hymn "O Come, All Ye Faithful" is certainly one of theuniversal favorites. It is a Christmas classic. It is a Latin hymn written in the 18th century and translated by Frederick Oak...

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Merry Christmas, Rockland

It has been said that the job of a preacher is both comforting the broken heart, andbreaking the hard heart. The story of Christmasis the story of bothcomfortfor those who are hurting,andjoyfor those whose hearts need to be quickened to Him. It encompasses both comfort and joy in perfect harmony.Like thesong says: God rest ye merry gentlemenLet nothing you dismayRemember...

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New Year

"By the time thenextdecade starts, we will be empty nesters" ...was the statement I un-advisedly made to my wife to ruin an otherwiseperfectly lovely evening we were having.Oops.[ NOTE: Please read to end of email for links to document for the annual meeting ]That realization shook us a bit. After all, we still have two kids in elementary school! It got me thinking in ter...

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What Now? (New Series!)

Have you ever met anyone who is living their life on cruisecontrol? Someone who is just 'coasting'? I guess that is the nice way to say it.Negatively, you would say,...they have given up trying hard in life...they have lost their enthusiasm...they are doing things the way they have always done them...they are living off fumes of successes that are now decades oldNo place ...

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Simple Challenge. Much Fruit.

I have a challenge for you. (Although technically, a challenge should...ya know...challenge you, and this really won't. Anyone can do it. Read the 4-chapter book of 2 Timothy in one sitting.That's it.I may sound like a broken record since I encourage that at the end of almost every worship service, but there is a reason.The Word of God is powerful today and has been for c...

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3 Simple Examples

I have the spiritual gift of making simple things really difficult. You're welcome. Let's try and reverse that, shall we? FollowingChrist is not meant to be complicated.Paul gives Timothy three simple, timeless examples of how to do that in 2 Timothy 2. Example #1: soldier 3Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.4No soldier gets entangled in civilian pur...

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Yes. You Matter.

I know it is difficult to be honest, but let's try for a moment. At some point, all of us have had a nagging question in the back of our mind: "Does my life even matter?" I assume you have wondered that.I have. Imagine the person whospends his entire life bettering society only to find out at the end that the needle was only moved a tiny bit. Or knowing that the next gene...

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The Best Book You've Never Read

I hear all the time from Christians how hard it is to be a believer in the times we now find ourselves. I am not disagreeing, but I am also wanting to keep perspective. Even when I was growing up (just a few short years ago since I am so very young), being a Christian was culturallynormal. In fact, in most churches and ministries where I served, wehad to fight something c...

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Those in philosophy, sociology, and academiaare uniformly fascinated by the answer to one question: "Who are we?" Why do all those differentgroups care to comprehendthis question of ouridentity?Simply put, if you do not know who you are, you have no idea what to do, who you are made to be, what is right and wrong, and what your role is in this big, crazy world. You will b...

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