Gospel Living

“Sh’ma, Yisra’el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]; 5 and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.” Deut. 6:4-5 [Complete Jewish Bible] These verses are foundational to the Jewish way of life. They are memorized early in life and recited

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Fortress

The sound of the siren was persistent in the air, but you could tell it was not a fire truck or police car. It was late at night. My wife, Becky, patted my arm and said, “Let’s grab the kids and head downstairs.” Four of us huddled together in a spot under the stairs that she

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Unwrapped

What do sleepy shepherds and bright-eyed Magi have common? Epiphany. God reveals His Son to the world – Jews and Gentiles alike. The giving and receiving of gifts are a familiar feature of Christmas celebrations. On Christmas morning as our family gathered in the living room, Becky and I watched with such fascination at our children’s reaction

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Remembering Stephen

This week the church calendar celebrated Stephen, one of the pioneer deacons of the church from Acts 6 and the first martyr of the Christian faith. Since Stephen, Christians have suffered martyrdom through every generation in countless numbers. The possibility of dying for your faith in Christ is a basic understanding of what it means to

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Christmas Reflection #1: God’s Dilemma

For a long time in church history, heretics challenged the divinity of Jesus Christ. His humanity was less of a problem in the earliest days of Christianity. Eyewitnesses to the incarnation – Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection – were abundant. The question of the day was around his divine identity. To correct these heresies, the

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Advent Reflection #4

When we read the stories of women and men of great faith, we imagine there was no struggle—that they heard the word of God and rushed to obey right away. But the truth is, even when the word of the Lord is clear, obedience is challenging. In the readings for Advent, we have Zechariah who

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Advent Reflection #3

The third Sunday of Advent is often called “Rejoice Sunday.” Last week we remembered the prophet, John, whose message was repentance. Repentance clears out the obstacles, the boulders, and bumps, that block the work of God’s Spirit. The result is gratitude and joy. Repentance sets us free and reorients us to being the people God

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Advent Reflection #2

As we look to an “invasion of holiness this season,” let’s reflect on a prominent messenger in Advent. “See, I am sending a messenger to prepare the way before me.” Malachi 3:1-4. Messengers from God come to interpret the signs of the times for us. The prophet Malachi uses some strong words to describe the

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Updated COVID Guidance

Dear TLC Family,You may have heard the news about the reinstatement of a mask mandate in the Denver County for gatherings. This mask mandate affects church gatherings as well. Our COVID Response Team continues to do their job, which is to assess conditions in view of government guidance as well as our congregation’s safety. At this

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Pastoral Reflections: The Beginning of Advent

For unto us a child is born, a son is given. Isaiah (Is. 11:1-4a) predicted the divine child seven hundred years before he was born! Can you imagine? He was so immersed in God’s thought and counsel that he speaks of the future as though he had seen it already. A child is born for

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