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Christ Before Christmas

John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” As wonderful and miraculous as Christ’s birth was, I think sometimes we forget that Christ did not come into existence on that day. In fact, the Bible says that all things were created through Him, and…

The Seasons of the Christian Life

Winter has officially come to Glenwood Springs. I really cannot complain about the timing. I moved over in mid-October in order to get here before the snow. But I was completely spoiled by weeks of beautiful, mild weather. “We usually have snow by Thanksgiving,” people told me. And I woke up that Thursday morning to…

Why So Many Churches are Small by Karl Vaters

Hello!  Thanks for taking a moment to stop by. The following is an article that shed some light and clarity upon our situation in a rural mountain town of under ten-thousand people.  We are always going to be a small gathering of believers.  I love living here in Glenwood Springs and enjoy the mountains.  That’s probably why God called me to plant…

The Kind of Thanksgiving That Never Ends

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was great! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. But it goes by too fast, doesn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great day full of celebration. But how can you really fit the Thanksgiving of a year into one day? The truth is a close walk with God…

Investment

Investment never meant much to me as a child. I liked beautiful things, delicious food, and well-planned adventures. But I didn’t understand much about how these things were produced. They were like the grass that sprouted up from the earth or the rain that fell down from heaven. They were the fruits of life, there…

Triumph in Christ

Where would we be without Christ?  We are each in desperate need of His grace, whether for salvation, or to grow and serve the Lord as a Christian. The body of Christ is so diverse, yet we all are daily recipients of His grace. I am always touched by the stories of people who were saved…

Vision for Ministry

A few weeks ago, when we were talking about our powerful freedom in Christ (Romans 6:16), and the concept of being slaves to righteousness, I took the opportunity to explain the fresh works of faith that are on the horizon for this church. I want to take a moment to touch on those again for any…

The Importance of Unity

What is unity and is it important for Christians? To answer that question, let’s take a look at the first church. “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled…

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

It is my prayer for you that Thanksgiving will be a time of celebration and thanksgiving.  May you be surrounded by loved ones, warmth and good food.  As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to remind you in this post that it was originally centered on God.  Much of the culture has forgotten about God. Some would…