Devotions and Bible Study

Special Readings of the Bible

Brad Mangan provides a reading of the Book of Hebrews as well as the Book of Philippians. Take a moment to explore the Bible through this special video recording.

Devotions for Advent: Praying the Jesse Tree

What is the Jesse Tree? The symbol of the Jesse Tree.

Each branch – each leaf on the tree – is a story deeply rooted in Scripture that tells of the relationship between God and God’s people. The symbols on the Jesse Tree represent a Biblical “Family Tree,” and Jesus is grafted onto the family tree of Jesse, the father of King David. The branches of the Jesse Tree stretch all the way back to the Garden of Eden, and in those branches are familiar names like David and Ruth, and Abraham and Jacob.

As we have been studying Old Testament stories through our Sunday School curriculum and Wednesday night Bible study of The Jesus Storybook Bible, continuing these stories through Advent devotionals is a reminder of how we are all part of this “family tree” and the powerful love of Christ for this – our – family!

December 26, 2020

December 26, 2020 – Luke 2:1-20 The Birth of Jesus In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should

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December 25, 2020

December 25, 2020 – Matthew 2:1-6 The Visit of the Wise Men In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of

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December 24, 2020

December 24, 2020 – Luke 2:8-14 The Shepherds and the Angels In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their

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December 23, 2020

December 23, 2020 – Hebrews 13:1-2 Service Well-Pleasing to God 13 Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing

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December 22, 2020

December 22, 2020 – Matthew 3:1-11 The Proclamation of John the Baptist 3 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 

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OUTDOOR WORSHIP CANCELLED
DUE TO PEORIA HEALTH ADVISORY
In response to the recent Health Advisory issued by Peoria City/County Health Department describing rising levels of COVID cases and concerns, the planned outdoor worship service has been cancelled. Worship will still take place live at 6pm, but with worship leadership only. It will be recorded and available for viewing by 8am on Sunday, July 26.
 
This decision is not taken lightly but very seriously as we strive to follow health officials recommendations and cautions. We do this because we love one another and want what’s best for one another. In this time of pandemic, that means refraining from indoor as well as outdoor gatherings of larger sized groups.

The drive by farewell for Kristen will still take place on Sunday beginning at 10:30am as we will remain in our cars. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Pastor Craig
Craig Swenson, Senior Pastor