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The Wonderfully Light Burden of Jesus

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30). As Jesus taught on the Kingdom of God, He brought in a new understanding of God’s Law and how He wants His people to live. In the verses preceding this well-known passage, Jesus has just rebuked some cities for their hardness of heart even in the midst of seeing great miracles from the His hand (20-24). He warns that their judgment will be severe. Then Jesus breaks into praise, confessing the sovereignty of the Father in all things. In perhap

Welcome to Steve and Marlene Shickley, Missionaries to China and Thailand

On a hot summer day in July, members of the Missions Committee and Pastor Gregg Hensel met with Steve and Marlene Shickley, EFC ReachGlobal missionaries, to discuss their ministry in China and Thailand. The connection with the Shickleys began nearly three years ago as members of the missions committee began corresponding with several EFC ReachGlobal missionary couples in hopes of finding missionaries who might be supported by the church in the future as current missionaries retire. The Shickleys regularly sent prayer letters and newsletters to the committee requesting prayer support for the family and ministry in Asia. As a result, when the Shickley family returned to the States for a bri

Your Christian School: A Culture of Grace?

This is the question our teachers were asked during our Fall in-service training. This year we watched the DVD series written by Dr. Paul Tripp that addressed this question. Our training began with addressing the fact that many times we ask the “law” to do what only grace can accomplish. What does that statement mean… it means we address the behavior rather than the heart issue of the behavior. Luke 6:43-45 says, “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the

NEWS from the AWANA CIRCLE...

Awana kicked-off the New Year with our Come Discover Awana family fun event. Many hot dogs were devoured, popcorn was munched on and snow cones were slurped. Kids bounced and hopped to the squeals of delight in the bounce house while others were getting wet slipping and sliding through the water slip and slide. Come Discover Awana allows an evening for families to come together to socialize and fellowship while their children are able to explore the kid friendly venues and food provided. The evening also allows parents to be introduced to our clubs and meet the Directors and Leaders who have dedicated their Wednesday nights to serve the families of Oroville and to share God's Word weekly wit

Make ‘God Talk’ an Everyday Part of Family Life

Julie Melilli an author and teacher wrote this article for The Gospel Coalition about being the main source of discipleship for our children. I hope you too find it encouraging. Make ‘God Talk’ an Everyday Part of Family Life The kitchen table was strewn with torn pages of notebook paper full of fractions and scribbles. Broken pencils, chewed-up erasers, and empty soda bottles were surrounded by crumpled snack wrappers; a low moan underscored it all. Had I stumbled upon a crime scene? No. I had stumbled upon my son amid the detritus of high-school geometry. Elbows on the table, blonde hair flopped between his hands, he said, “Argh! I don’t understand this! It’s impossible!” He explained what

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