Seasons and Cycles

Pastoral Reflections I recall my first winter in the US. I should say, late Autumn. We lived in a town home and Becky was insulating the windows against draft.   I asked, “Why all that trouble, isn’t shutting the windows enough?” [Remember that I grew up in Nigeria, i.e., without winters.] She tried to explain

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Grief and the Holidays

Kelly Poag, a member of our congregation and a Christian counselor, wrote the attached article for Westwoods Community Church members, and wanted to also make it available to TLC members. It’s a simple, but helpful article that is aimed at helping people who are grieving this holiday season, or, for those who care for someone

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TLC News Updates

TLC publishes a News Update most Wednesdays.  Click on a linked recent date. December 4 November 27 November 20 November 13 November 6

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O Come Immanuel

A quiet moment in the house on my kindergartner’s school day during my toddler’s nap time.  Breathing in the last Advent season in this little home of ours…wondering if we’ll be here on Christmas morning or in our new house.  It almost seems, at this point, that it doesn’t matter. We have been learning hard

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Advent

Pastoral Reflections One of my favorite images of Advent is that of pregnancy. No single image can cover the extents of the radical message of Advent, but I think pregnancy gives it a pretty good try. Advent is its own full season, but one that looks toward another. It is anticipatory. Expectation in action! One

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Thankful for You

Pastoral Reflections Thanksgiving Day, Nov 2019 God blesses us with uncountable gifts for which we are thankful. This Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for each one of the TLC family.   I am thankful for the warmth of this family And for the big hearts of these saints. I am thankful for burdens shared together

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So I Send You

Pastoral Reflections We have a saying in my land of origin, “When a child is given something greater than them, they ask who the message is for.” This week, I have reflected on the words of Christ to His disciples, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” (John 20:21b). There is,

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Overcoming Fear

Pastoral Reflections I had always wanted to go to Israel, but the truth is I was afraid. That is until our son planned a trip and insisted that we go. I do not feel that any other location I have visited will have as great an impact on my life as this one. However, this

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Politics of the Kingdom (III)

Pastoral Reflections I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior. (1 Tim. 2:1-3)   These words were penned by

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Politics of the Kingdom (II)

Pastoral Reflections One of the controversial moments in Apostle Paul’s ministry came at the beginning of Acts 16 when he took young Timothy and circumcised him. (Acts 16:1-3)   Anyone who has spent any time reading Paul will pause with surprise at that move. No one knew more passion than Paul when it came to

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