From the monthly archives: January 2017

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Totally Devoted: Three Ways to Breathe New Life into Your Time with God


The way you approach devotional times might change based on your season of life. And that's OK.


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You Belong with Me: Stories about Faith, Loneliness and Small Groups


 


Loving and obeying God, loving and serving one another, growing in maturity and bearing fruit can’t be done alone. Loneliness saps our faith of all creativity and flourishing. As T.S. Eliot observed, hell is “oneself . . . always alone.” Yet the church is a family (Ephesians 2:19) with a hope “laid up” for us in heaven (Colossians 1:5). If we find ourselves alone in our faith, something is off.

The stories below show how “thick” communities within the church can bring newfound joy and meaning to our lives. If this is your desire, check out our Small Groups Fair after the service on January 29. You’ll be able to meet group leaders and find the space that’s right for you (and enjoy Gunter’s Bavarian Grill for lunch).


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Human Life Is Sacred


 


It is providential that Sanctity of Life Sunday lands on the Sunday following Martin Luther King Day. God has seen it fit to arrange the American calendar in such a way to give the church opportunities to proclaim the value of human life. In the span of one week, we are able to affirm that all of us—the marginalized and oppressed, the widow and orphan, the unborn and unwanted—have worth in God’s eyes.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Moralistic Bootstraps or Effective Means of Grace?


Do you like to make resolutions? Or are you more jazzy in your approach to plans for the new year? Here, four ATN writers offer their perspectives on New Year’s resolutions.

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