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Important Notes this Week! (10/25)

A FEW QUICK NOTES FOR SUNDAY! You may have seen the court case this week in which two churches sued the State of Colorado. I'll take a few minutes and share what happened, what didn't happen, and what it means for Rockland.We will again be in 1 Peter this Sunday, specifically,1 Peter 4. Peter lays out 5 truths that can give us insight into why we are so divided today! G...

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The History of Marriage and Why it Matters

Interested in the early Church fathers' view of marriage? If you read that headerand you are still reading then like me you are someone who iscurious about how people in history viewed things. Chances are like me you have this idea in your head that when we look at people who are closer in time to the writings of the Bible and we look at their interpretation of those ...

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Quick Sunday (10/18) Notes!

A FEW QUICK NOTES FOR SUNDAY! We jump back into 1 Peter this Sunday, specifically,1 Peter 3:8-22.The message of the world right now is "BE AFRAID". The Bible says something quite different! Hopefully, this Sunday will offer answers and encouragement. There is still space for in-person worship! Click here on 'in-person' signup to let us know you are coming! How to wat...

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Your Marriage Questions, Answered: Parents Edition

Interview (Part 3) for Parents with Kids by Pastor Jim with Marriage Counselor, Sean Taylor Here is part 3 of our interview series with Sean Taylor, a marriage counselor and co-founder of Cornerstone Christian Counseling! This is the third installment ofanswers to questions from YOU, the Rockland congregation, about marriage. This video is specifically answering quest...

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Your Questions, Answered, pt 2! (VIDEO)

Interview (PART 2) by Pastor Jim with Marriage Counselor, Sean Taylor HUGE thanks AGAIN toSean Taylor, a marriage counselor and co-founder of Cornerstone Christian Counseling for being willing to sit down and do this video interview! This is the second installment ofanswers to questions from YOU, the Rockland congregation, about marriage.Questions include: What do w...

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Your Questions, Answered! (VIDEO)

Interview by Pastor Jim with Marriage Counselor, Sean Taylor HUGE thanks to Sean Taylor, a marriage counselor and co-founder of Cornerstone Christian Counseling for being willing to sit down and do this video interview! This is the first batch of answers to questions from YOU, the Rockland congregation, about marriage.Questions include: What effects have you seen t...

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Quick Sunday (9/26) Notes!

JUST A FEW QUICK NOTES FOR SUNDAY! -There is still space for Sunday! Click here on 'in-person' signup to let us know you are coming!This week, we are looking again at the first marriage ever (Genesis 2:15-25) and a Proverb that can help us get our life in order! -How to watch online Click here and look for the drop-down menu from "Watch Online" to watch on the websit...

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The Greatest Commandment...of Marriage

This Sunday, we are kicking off this series on marriage. (Plenty of room at two of the services! Go to our website to register or watch online.) Where do we begin with such a complex topic? We should probably address our biases first. Pastor Tim Keller says in "The Meaning of Marriage": "It is hard to get a good perspective on marriage. We all see it through the inevit...

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A Story to Tell

Spots are still open for this week's services!SIGNUP HERE We kicked off 1 Peter several weeks ago (even I don't remember how long ago), and he prayed for a very simple thing in his brief introduction. 1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2according to the foreknowledge of ...

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A Summer as a Kid!

There are still spots at the services this weekend, so go to our website to signup! If you have any problems getting signed up to be a part of the services, reach out to us and we'd be glad to help. As summer comes to a close and kids head back to school (sort of), another big 'thank you' to Shirley Johnson and the Kids Team for putting together this Digital...

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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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Why Church History Matters: New YouTube Series!

Check out our new YouTube series by Pastor David called "Our Legacy: Church History and Why it Matters". For the next several weeks, we will be uploading 7 unique teaching times, each about 10-15 minutes long on the history of the church and why we should care. Check back often!CLICK HERE Do you ever wonder what Jesus would say about the Church today? How do you think...

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He is Risen!

Thanks for the pics ofyou worshiping on Sundays!Hope you arelogging on at 9AM TODAY for our Easter service!CLICK HERE After the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on...

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Reading recommendations for quarantine! (+ Holy Week details)

AN FYI ABOUT OUR STREAMING FOR EASTER:This last Sunday, Palm Sunday,our internet feed was a little glitchy. We located the problem on our end and should be good to go for Maundy Thursday (tonight 7-8 PM), Good Friday (Friday 12-1 PM) and Easter Sunday (9-10 AM) for you and our guests. This is a great time to read some great books that can equip you in your faith! Lori F...

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Why Holy Week Matters

I remember as a child waving palm branches at a number of our Palm Sunday Worship Services at my home church in Sunnyvale, California.I well remember participating in our church's very meaningful Maundy Thursday Service 3 years running as a college student.I so remember, as a young married couple, Michelle and I experiencing Good Friday hiking and mediating on Scriptur...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Good Soldier of Christ

As we continue to go through Paul's second letter to Timothy and we talk about what it looks like to have unshakable faith in the midst of the storms, I'd like to take a step back and look at another major theme that runs throughout this letter. As I read 2 Timothy I always see Paul's focus on what it means to be "a good soldier ofChrist Jesus" (2:3).Right after a salutat...

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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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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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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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Video Greetings, From Tanzania

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