Pray First

--by Trudy Zarling-- Sunday morning I pulled up into a parking space at Christ Church, put my shoulder bag over my right arm, pressed the lock button inside the car, stepped out and closed the door—on my purse trapping the zipper pull, where my keys were, inside the door.  I hurried to the front desk inside the atrium and requested a 

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Impact of Sharing

--by Trudy Zarling-- During our orchestra rehearsal Thursday a sign-up sheet circulated to bake cookies for a reception at the end of our Saturday afternoon concert. I held it in my hand pondering how I could possibly do this since I was going to Don’sfuneral onFriday, discipling a young woman for First Steps, and had to prepare my crock pot chicken 

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Life In The Trenches

--by Greg Johnson-- A while ago I had the chance to meet a brand new shiny Christian. Only three weeks in. I was awestruck by the glow about her and the new future she found in Christ. Yet I knew it likely would not always be so shiny. I often come back to the thought that faith is easier when we are on the mountaintop. It is much tougher to 

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Trust And Hold On

--by Renee Andrews-- For two decades, I wanted to be called as a Deacon in our church before I was finally invited to pray over it and give my decision to accept or not. It was a period of stress in my family, with both my mother and mother-in-law battling major medical issues; having two teenagers to keep up with; our jobs; and my back issues that 

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Reaching Out To Others

--by Trudy Zarling-- Sunday at our condo association Christmas party I received a pink magnetic Countdown to Christmas toy. I thought of re-gifting it toourgrandson Gabe, but we wouldn’t see him until Dec. 24. It would be too late for him to use it this year--- plus it’s pink. I remembered Harmonee who lives in the new habitat house on the other 

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Glory Awaits Us

--by Fred Timm-- The first thing I see every morning, and the last I see each night, is a cross-stitched sampler my wife gave me for our twentieth wedding anniversary. It refers to Jesus going to His father to prepare a place for us, and that He will come back again. This gives me such peace. When life gets me down, or I’m he

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Word And Sacrament

--by Greg Johnson-- So what is this “word and sacrament church” stuff? For me, I’ve found great blessings in the messages of our pastors and their connection always to God’s great story in the Bible.  In the waters of baptism we are claimed as reborn children of God and inheritors of eternal life. Awesome stuff. And Jesus offers us the most intimate

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Divine Intervention

--by Trudy Zarling-- A couple weeks ago I noticed more rust on the prongs in our dishwasher after a prong broke off in the upper rack. I researched dishwashers at the library then called Scheunemann’s to order the selected model. It was no longer made, so I followed their advice and gave my credit card number to order the dishwasher they 

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Meeting God in the Quiet

--by Fred Timm-- Life today seems to be moving at breakneck speed. We are exposed to more information daily than it seems possible to process. God wants us to be still, to be quiet, to be with Him. Even His son, Jesus, took time away to pray and spend time with His Father. My family is blessed to own seasonal property in 

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God Responds to Prayer

--by Trudy Zarling-- Early in our marriage David planted a big vegetable garden in the back of our yard on Riverview Dr. That afternoon I peeled bunches of Kohlrabi putting the waxy peelings down our garbage disposal. Just before dinner I noticed the kitchen drain was plugged. When we sat at our kitchen table to eat, I told David the problem. Immediately 

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The Power of Prayer

--by Lisa Smith-- My husband and I went in for our 20-week ultrasound appointment. We both couldn’t wait as we were hoping to find out the gender of our baby. The nurse came in and did the ultrasound. She told us we were having a baby boy. Then, the doctor came in about 10 minutes later. He told us baby has 10 fingers and 10 toes, all organs 

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Scripture Reading

--by Sandi Chowaniak-- When my son was in second grade, I decided to read through the Bible again. I was challenged upon hearing from a friend that she read through the Bible each year. I had read through the Bible once in college, and once more in my early twenties. It had been years since I felt led to this incredible undertaking. This time I had 

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Answered Prayers

It was a beautiful Sunday morning; we went to church and heard a wonderful message, can home and started to read the paper when my husband noticed one of our dogs licking her paw passionately. So we stopped everything to investigate. Long story short, I ended up taking her to the emergency animal hospital nearby. I began praying while...

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Be Still

--by Louise Meyer-- Yesterday we picked up our grand dog Max (an 84 pound puppy) from 2 weeks of Puppy training. The trainer Sonny, told us that Max is anxious about everything and what he needs most is to be taught to be still and quiet. When that happens, he will be happy and obedient. Today I am sitting here feeling anxious about everything. I should be 

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Pray About Everything

--by Trudy Zarling-- Praise God the HY T and Green Bay Rd. intersection is now open. For two months we’ve been doubling our time to get to Christ Church by traveling through Cedarburg. A few days ago I complained about the inconvenience. My friend replied she just drives through the subdivision. She thought the access street is High Noll. Sure enough

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Our Faith Journey

One of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible is Hebrews 11. I refer to it as the “faith chapter.” Paul gives us what I believe is one of the greatest challenges that we as Christians have as followers of Christ. It is the call to believe in something we have not yet seen. As we look forward to the upcoming year here at Christ Church, we will be called on to “have faith” as...

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God Is On The Move!

--by Chris Lear-- The missional church, one that is committed to living out God’s calling, provides many opportunities to see God at work through us, Christ Church. Serving on the Mission Support Team, I am blessed to see monthly reminders of this dynamic of Christ. We regularly see the power of the Holy Spirit active and alive in our many ministries.

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Extending God's Care

--by Trudy Zarling-- On Thursday I was searching for Bible verses to include in my valentines, a promise to pray over each loved one in the coming year. I found Psalm 73: 23-26. I thought this would be good for someone who has cancer and marked it with my crocheted cross. Friday Ann asked me to pray for her friend Diane from church who has 

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