Category: Church Resources

Christmas Video Service

Welcome to our online Christmas Service for 2016!

We hope you are enjoying the day with your family in joyful celebration. In lieu of a church service this Sunday Christmas morning, we’ve put together this Christmas Morning Service for you online. We hope you enjoy it!

May you be blessed abundantly today and in the coming year. Love you all!

Read The Bible In A Year

Read The Bible Medium

Last year, we read through (listened to) the New Testament in 40 Days as a church body — and it was great! This year, Pastor James issues a new challenge: let’s read through the entire Bible together, in a year, this year, 2016, chronologically.

Sound challenging? Well, it will take some intentional work and planning, but it’s not going to take more than 15 minutes a day to succeed. We can do this, right?

In fact, there are so many resources available to us these days! We have it easy. You can read or listen to any version you like. You can use an app on your phone, a website, a printed plan tucked in your Bible, or a special Bible designed for this purpose. Check it out:

Through The Bible In a Year, Chronologically

Option #1: Read or Listen with YouVersion.com

YouVersion has been around for many years. You can read online, or listen online, by going to the website and setting it up on your computer. Alternately, you can add the app to your smartphone–the app is simply called “Bible” and has an icon that looks like a brown square bible with the yellow words, “Holy Bible.”

To find the chronological plan, after setting up your account, browse the reading plans and search “chronological” and choose the one named just “Chronological.” This plan uses complete scripture passages and doesn’t summarize, condense, or combine anything, so similar passages are duplicated (ie, you read Matthew 1 and then you read Luke 2, and read about Christ’s birth.) The plan is “undated,” simply start today and complete 365 days from now. You can read ahead and catch up to today’s date and then “catch me up” and it will adjust the dates. When you login in and read through the app, YouVersion keeps track of what you have/haven’t read and keeps track of it for you.

Option #2: Chronological Daily Bible, NIV

There are multiple Chronological Bibles out there, but this one has one distinct advantage: this daily Bible combines like passages into one and gives scripture references to the side. You will read through one account of Jesus’ birth and find a list of all the scriptures referenced off to the side. This Bible is dated, January 1, January 2, etc., which makes it easy to find your place for the day, and, like a study Bible, includes some commentary at the beginning of the reading. It’s available in ebook, Hardback, and softcover ranging $10-20 at Christianbook.com.

Option #3: Read Online at Esv.org

The difference between reading online at ESV.org and at YouVersion.com is that this option is also dated, and when you go to the site it automatically takes you to the reading for today, though you can scroll back through to read previous days if you’ve missed one. It also includes an option to “listen” at the top of the page, and has the bonus of being our favorite Bible translation. This option doesn’t combine like passages into one either – again, you will read all of Matthew 1 and then all of Luke 2 to read about the birth of Christ.

Option #4: Use a printed plan and your own Bible

Maybe you prefer to read out of your own Bible that you already have? That’s great! You can pick up a copy of the printed plan at the church, or you can download your own copy to keep in your Bible, and check it off as you go!

Let’s Do This Together

When we do this together, we will grow together!

1.) Choose your plan of attack – read online? Listen on your phone? Read it in your hands?

2.) Choose your time of attack – where can you carve out 15-20 minutes every day? First thing in the morning, lunch break, just before bed?

3.) Consider an accountability partner, someone you can message and who can message you, “have you done your reading today?”

4.) Talk about it together – we WILL plan some regular “Coffee Talks” to get together and talk about what we have been reading. There will also be opportunity for discussions on Sunday mornings before class begins, you can join in discussions on our Facebook page, and you can share things that God points out to you on our FB wall or in our Facebook groups. It’s important to not only read the Word, but study it, discuss it, and let God show you new things from it.

We are excited to see what 2016 will hold for us, and we don’t even know what God may do in our body over the next year. But we know that we will be blessed by the reading of His Word and that is really exciting! May God bless you abundantly in 2016, and through the reading of the Bible together.

Free October 2015 Desktop Wallpaper Download

Can you believe it’s October already? Keep track of the date with this free scripture inspired wallpaper download. Right click on the smaller image below for the size you need and save the full sized image to your computer, it’s super easy. 

Widescreen:

(1900 x 1080 pixels)

CCF OCTOBER 1920X1080

Classic screen:

(1600 x 1200 pixels)

CCF OCTOBER 1600X1200

iPad or tablet:

(2048 x 1536 pixels)

CCF OCTOBER IPAD 2048X1536

Stay tuned for more monthly calendars.  Keep in touch: check out our upcoming events here.

Image Credit: Public Domain

Free September Calendar Desktop Background

Hello, September! The arrival of September brings with it many great things: the beginning of Fall, somewhat cooler weather, our annual Back to School Burger Bash, and this free scripture inspired wallpaper download. Right click on the smaller image below for the size you need and save the full sized image to your computer, it’s a piece of cake. 

Widescreen:

(1900 x 1080 pixels)

free september 2015 desktop calendar

Classic screen:

(1600 x 1200 pixels)

free september 2015 desktop wallpaper

iPad or tablet:

(2048 x 1536 pixels)

free ipad september 2015 calendar

 

Stay tuned for more monthly calendars.  Keep in touch: check out our upcoming events here.

Image Credit: Public Domain

Free August Calendar Desktop Background

August is less than a week away now, and we’re fully in the swing of Summer already. We can’t do anything about the heat, but we can make your workplace desktop a little more enjoyable with this free scripture inspired wallpaper download. Right click on the smaller image below for the size you need and save the full sized image to your computer, it’s easy peasy.

Widescreen:

(1900 x 1080 pixels)

CCF AUGUST 1920X1080

Classic screen:

(1600 x 1200 pixels)

CCF AUGUST 1600X1200

iPad or tablet:

(2048 x 1536 pixels)

CCF AUGUST IPAD 2048X1536

More monthly calendars coming soon. Keep in touch: check out our upcoming events here.

(Background Image Credit: Public Domain, Larisa Koshkina)

 

New Testament 40 Day Challenge

Join Us For 40 Days in the New Testament

Let’s spend the next 40 days together in God’s word! Join us as we read through the New Testament as a church family. You can use the audio links below to listen to the reading each day, or scroll to the bottom for a printable checklist or calendar.

In Matthew 4:4, Jesus reminds us that “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” (Deut.8:3)

Listen along with us:

You can click on these links below to listen to each day’s reading (about 30 minutes) or you can find these mp3’s on cd at the back of the sanctuary at church. 

Read along with us:

If you would like to read your way through New Testament, you can download the reading checklist or calendar by clicking on a link below and saving it to your computer. Print it off, keep it in your Bible and check it off as you go.

<<Click here to download a half page checklist that you can keep in your Bible.>>

<<Click here to download a calendar page that you can use to keep track of your reading.>>

 

New Testament 40 Day Challenge

The 40 days begin September 11th and end Saturday, October 20th! If you haven’t yet begun, it isn’t too late. Let us dig in to the feast of the Word of God.

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