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Where Did we Get the Chapters and Verses?

Wheredid the chapters andverses our Bible come from? A man named Stephen Langton (ca. 11501228), atheology professor and archbishop of Canterbury, is generally credited as the creator of chapters in our Bible as we have them today. He did this in the 12th century ina popular Latin version of the Bible called the 'Vulgate'. His reason for doing so,as a professor and scholar...

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Blizzards in August?

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Click here to see information about the new worship service times and formats starting September 10! I have a confession to make:I love the snow!Truth be told, I always become a bit melancholy at the last snowfall of the spring.So why do I like the snow?Because I think it is so beautiful and I can always get myself warmer (that is, I can turn up the...

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Starting 9/10/2017: New Worship Times and Formats

Starting September 10th, Rockland is shifting our current worship service times (8:30 am 10:00 am) by a half hour. Our new worship service times beginning September 10, 2017, will be at 9:00 am 10:30 am. Our 9:00 am worship service time will be a more traditional Rockland service and our 10:30 am worship service time will be a contemporary service.Both services will hav...

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All. Out. Joy

If you are new to Rockland, let me lay some groundwork for you on how we work. On Sunday mornings, we like to open a bookof the Bible, preach it, and when we finish that book...open another book. We are constantly in awe of the fact that God spoke ages ago through the Scripturesand yet they still speakto us even today. It always amazesme how God's ancient words are also...

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Finally FINDING Meaning

No secrethere: I am a goal-setter. I get great joy in checking things off my to-do list. In fact, I will sometimes do something, then put it on my list, just to get the pleasure of checking it off. It's a disease, I know. One of my goals this year has been to do an in-depth dive into different books of the Bible, with my goal being to get through all 66 in the next 20yea...

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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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