Just Trust and Obey

Saturday, December 15, 2018 by Patty Waters The year – 2014. The decision to be made – Retirement? I hadn’t planned to stay with the company for so long. It just happened. Year after year came and went, and before I knew it 37½ years had passed. That was a big chunk of my life. …

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Never Changing God

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Nancy Englebright “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31 I have never called myself a writer, so this is a “change” for …

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Full Of Changes

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by Barbara Dick Have you ever noticed how many changes are present in the Christmas story? Zechariah was changed from an influential priest of Israel to a man who could not speak until the day Jesus was born. (Luke 1:5-24) Joseph changed his mind about Mary’s surprising pregnancy. (Matthew 1:19-25) Joseph …

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Changes At the Right Time

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by Linda Driver A few years ago I challenged you to put CHRIST back into Christmas – one greeting at a time, by changing the way we pronounce CHRISTmas, being good sowers because mighty things can grow from small seeds planted in good soil. A lot has changed since then. I …

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Christmas Is A Celebration of the Greatest Change For Mankind

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Carolyn Lanker “Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and He shines forever without change or shadow.” ~ James 1:17 History is a record of change – both good and bad. As Christians, we believe that the greatest change for good occurred …

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Finding Beauty In Change

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Kevin Woods Change is not a word that everybody loves. Many have trouble with change because it might mean uncertainty for them. Others fear change because they assume they will fail when faced with doing something a different way. How do we move forward when things change? It should be …

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Growing From Change

Sunday, December 9, 2018 by Don McGee How do you face changes in your life? Changes present each of us opportunities for growth. Changes can sometimes be painful, or they may be joyful. The Christmas season represents an excellent time of the year for each of us to face possible changes in our lives, and …

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Changing Times

Saturday, December 8, 2018 by Cathy Melendez How many times have you heard the phrase, “Times they are a-changing”? People say it all the time. But what happens when someone is suddenly faced with an actual change in their lives? Especially a big change that directly affects them, how do they respond? How do they …

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Grandma’s Message

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Jenny McMahan This Fall has been a difficult one with the death of my Grandma Eileen at the beginning of October. After her funeral, I was asked what I would like to take from the house before everything was given away or sold. My first thought was, “I don’t want …

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A Good Work Ethic

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Dwight Robinson Having been born into a large family, each child was expected to contribute to the family business. As my older brothers left home, younger children were expected to step up and fill spots for manual labor. No child labor laws were ever enforced in farm families. The 1950s …

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Advent Devotional 2018

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

This is our seventeenth 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 2nd, 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 “How Do We Move Forward in the Midst of Change?” and others refer, hint, reveal experiences of change in life and at Christmas. 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 Kim Woods) 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 “How Do We Move Forward in the Midst of Change?” this holiday season and beyond.