From External To Internal To Eternal

Christmas Day 2017 by Rev. Michael C. Dixon “I am for peace… they are for war!” ~ Psalm 120:7 I know there will always be wars. And so, there will always be a need for peace, and therefore, peace-making efforts. But the reality is, “Peace begins not at a Middle East table, but in a …

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God Never Changes

Christmas Eve 2017 by Elisabeth Johnson Through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross, I am a child of Yahweh. His promises are for me. Yahweh never changes. He is the same God today that He was when He made this promise of peace in Isaiah 54:10, “For the mountains may move and …

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Time Out!

Saturday, December 23, 2017 by Dennis Thiel During the game, the coach calls the players to the sidelines for a time-out. During those few minutes, he speaks to them, inspires them, slows them down, and helps them see a bigger picture. The team comes out of time-out mentally calmer and fitted with a revised plan …

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Can We Have Peace In Our Time?

Friday, December 22, 2017 by Peg Dixon from an article by John F. Valvoord, Dallas Theological Seminary The whole world is seeking peace; not only by Christians, but by adherents of every type of religion, every type of belief, and every type of political persuasion. But, in spite of the fact that we have suffered …

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This Old House . . . and Into the New

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by Dorothy McGee A decision was made this year to tear down the house my mother moved into when she was 5 years old. It was a relatively easy decision because the house was suffering from old age in many ways. Since my mother was happy to see it happen, the …

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Start At the End

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Steve Webb Have you ever had that feeling late in the day that you’re, well… running out of gas? Another example is the old country song, “Too Much Month at the End of the Money.” Sometimes it’s predictable to run out of steam. Late in the day, week, month and …

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Santa Drives a 1995 Astro Van

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 by Cody Vaughn “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1   Growing up, my parents always taught me to think for myself and come to my own conclusions instead of just letting someone tell me what I should …

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How Can You Celebrate Christmas Without Christ?

Monday, December 18, 2017 by Barbara Dick “Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way.” ~ I Peter 3:15 (The Living Bible)   Last December, we met friends (Marti and Mark Bramstedt) …

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My Thought for Today

Sunday, December 17, 2017 by Bea Mae Camp Have you ever held a new baby? Thinking of Mary holding Jesus, her thought might have been, “He is my baby, but God sent Him. He is so perfect. I will love Him forever.” This Christmas, remember Mary – a young mother who had a lot to …

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I Wasn’t Prepared For This

Saturday, December 16, 2017 by Dan Lynch Those who have switched jobs can understand the nervousness that comes with this life choice. Different surroundings, different responsibilities, and different co-workers can seem a little overwhelming at first. When I left the high school classroom to become an elementary principal, I felt that uncertainty, but thought, “Hey, …

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Advent Devotional 2017

Welcome to our own devotional – written by our own members of FCC– to lead us all the way to Christmas Day!

This is our sixteenth year of providing this resource, and we hope it will be as well received as the others. It is similar, yet unique with new authors – new theme – new inspiration!

Each morning, beginning on Sunday, December 3rd, the devotional for the day will appear on this page along with all the previous entries. If you wish, you can subscribe to our online devotional by using the “Subscribe” link at the bottom of this and every page. By doing so, you will receive a daily email linking you to the new devotional.

Many of the meditations deal with the theme “Peace in the Pandemonium,” and others refer, hint, reveal experiences of God’s Light. That was not a requirement, simply a way of focusing our efforts.

We do want to thank all the devotion contributors, church secretary, Cheryl Clark, for creating the booklet, and the Elders (specifically Joel Gleckler) for their sponsorship.

We trust you will enjoy and grow as you read these thoughts, share the scriptures, pray the prayers.

When you are finished, you may want to share this page with a friend, express your appreciation to the authors and thank God for a church that can share the faith and find ways to grow in it.

Our prayer is that you enjoy and appreciate “Peace in the Pandemonium” this holiday season and beyond.