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worship, connect, SERVE, give

We grow in Christ when we Worship, Connect, Serve and Give. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. I Cor. 12:7 The Greek word for "common Good" (above) is 'sym-phero', where get our word 'symphony'. The idea being that you can have several people playing instrument solos, but when they all play together, it is even more beautiful. Th...

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worship, CONNECT, serve, give

Spiritual growth happens when we worship, connect, serve and give. When it comes to 'connecting', unfortunately, we have today what I call 'cotton candy' relationships. These are relationships that are just connected enough to make you feel full, but not enough to be healthy. Our relationships need to be deep, biblical connections where we are vulne...

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WORSHIP, Connect, Serve, Give

We just had a GREAT Come and Consider class last weekend, and you will be so excited to meet the dozen or so people that will be joining Rockland over the next month! I remember another Come and Consider classwe had about yearand a half ago, and a question came up that I (embarrassingly) couldn't answer very well. The question was: "What do members of Rockland do...

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First-Hand Info

Have you ever read the gospels in chronological order?This website has an example of a reading plan you could follow, but there are many more on the web. Why is this a good idea? In "Four Portraits, One Jesus: A Survey of Jesus and the Gospels", Mark Strauss says: "To Christian believers, the Gospels record the "greatest story ever told," the events of the life, d...

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Meet Lauren

Beencouraged by this email from Lauren Miller, our new (awesome) student ministry associate at Rockland! One truthI have learned in my lifeis that it iscrucialto understand who Jesus is and why He came to Earth. Followers of Christ recognize that Jesus was the perfect example and teacher of how to live our lives during our time here on Earth.But if Christ is called "perfe...

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Why Goals Fail

How are your New Years Resolution coming? Are you like me in that you areclaiming the grace of God a littleearly thisyear? Two of the reason why our resolutions and goalsfail is that they are:1) unspecific in their desired outcomes,and2) unclear in their next steps. For example: "I'd like to lose some (unspecific) weight(unclear how to do that)." Here is a better way of...

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You Don't Want to Miss This!

TheChristmas story is the most remarkable story of aperfect Savior coming to rescue an undeserving, unappreciative world. But one of the things that makes Christmas so remarkable is that it is just the beginning of what happened next. When we onlyfocus on Christmas and Easter, we don't get a full picture of Jesus.If we just see the birth, death and resurrection of Christ, ...

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What would YOU ask?

This Sunday evening (remember: NO MORNING SERVICES) at our Christmas Eve Services,I am going to share some answers I have received from people of all agesto this simple question: "If you could ask Mary or Joseph one question, what would it be?" (I'm dying to tell you what some of the responses are, but I don't want to ruin the surprise of sharing it together this Chris...

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Worst news ever ...

I was reading my adventdevotional this morning by Paul David Tripp, "Come, Let Us Adore Him". It started with the line... "The baby in the manger came to tell us the worst news ever..." You can imagine my surprise. I swallowed hard and wondered if I needed to throw this book out and stop recommending it. I held my breath and read the rest of the line... "The baby in the ...

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The Second Adam

This Christmas will be made even richerif we think about Adam. (Wait...what?!)Did you know that the Biblelikens Adam to Jesus, while at the same timedifferentiating the two? Observe Paul's letter to the Corinthians. (Parentheses mine.)21For as by a man (Adam) came death, by a man (Jesus) has come also the resurrection of the dead.22For as in Adam all die, so also in Chris...

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