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Best.Advise.Ever

Periodically I'll remind you of some of the best advice I have ever received with regards to growing in my faith when I'm in a worship service or Bible study. My old Sunday routine was that I would show up to church on Sundays, still thinking about what was on my plate from last week that I didn't get finished or what was coming up in the weekahead. I found it hard to focu...

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In Case You Missed It...

In caseyou were not able to be here Sunday, the one-minute video I showed is below. But first...some background. What does it mean when the author of Ecclesiastes says, "He has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end."(Ecc. 3:11)?The best answer I could find, based on a study of the English translations...

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Independence Day

Did you know that one of our founding fathers, John Adams,almost 'missed' celebrating the Independence for which he strived?Here's the story:On June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress met, and the man with the most guts in human history (Jim's opinion - not actual fact perhaps)Richard Henry Lee, the delegate from Virginia,introduced a motion calling for the colonies' comple...

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An Undivided Heart

Enjoy this week's email fromGordon Steere, the elder who works with Discipleship. This year I will be celebrating a milestone, turning 65.I know for some of you 65 seems old and for some I am still a youngster, but hitting a major milestone like this has caused me to spend more time reflecting on my Christian life.One of the most challenging and convicting verses of scrip...

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Rockland Fire Evacuation

When we go to church, a fire evacuation of our Church on Sunday morning is likely the farthest thing from most people's minds. Yet, it is something that the Security Committee has thought about and for which we have planned. The forty or so Security Team Observers and Ushers are being trained in our Evacuation Procedures. Our mission is to protect life and property and to ...

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Take a Hike

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You are invited to join other Rocklanders on Saturday, July 8 at 8:30 am as we hike in God's great creation our mountains. We will hike for 1.5 miles (all downhill) on the M. Walter Pesman Trail on Mt. Goliath, a shoulder of the greater Mt. Evans massive, you'll be hiking from the upper trailhead at 12,152 ft. down to the lower trailhead at 11,540 ft. Amid breathtaking ...

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Is there a Point?

Last week we looked atEcclesiastes Chapter 1, where 'Qohelet'(the Hebrew word forthe "Preacher" in Ecclesiastes 1:1) lamented the pointlessness of finding meaning in life "under the sun" (apart from God). As we read the text you could feel the author's desperation and futility about how meaningless this life iswhen we leave God out. To say it in a more modern way, you ca...

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Chasing Meaning

Everyone I have ever met would benefit to know the answer to this question: "Where can I find meaning and significance in life?" We attempt to answer this question and find meaning and purpose for our lives in countless ways: Throughbraggingon social media, hoping that 'likes' and comments will make us feel important and valued By having short-term relationship after ...

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Mean Street: Sandy's Story

Mean Street

Mean Street received this amazing letterand wanted to share it with you: To The Mean Street Ministry: Thank you for bringing light into one of the darkest moments of my life. If you had not come to my motel door, my husband and I would probably not be here today. My name is Sandy Anderson and my husband and I are so grateful for the food, prayer and God's love that you ...

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Female Student Ministry Summer Intern

Purpose: To serve alongside the Student Ministry Director during summer months, develop and disciple female students, and set the ministry up for success in the fall. Qualifications: Be in agreement with Rockland's Values and Doctrinal Statement Be available from approximately June 12 to August 17, 2017 Have a passion to connect middle and high school students to J...

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