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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. -John 3:16 God is love. We hear this all the time, and Scripture affirms his character is the very essence of love. Yet we make the mistake of ignoring Scripture and instead defining God's love in terms of what we think it is, rather than first understanding what his love means and then measuring ours in the light

It’s life back to normal after the adrenaline rush of the holidays. Experts tell us that many now experience post-Christmas blues due to the return to our usual routines. The build-up of Christmas is followed by the let-down of what may or may not have happened. How do you beat the post-Christmas blues? The brief and simple answer is with thankfulness to God for the ultimate Christmas gift we could ever hope for—the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. One

Every Christian would agree that a man's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.  -C.S. Lewis This Week @ Starnberg Fellowship ~Join us @ 16:00 hrs for Worship~ Communion Sunday 7 November 2021 16:00 hrs at Christuskirche! Scripture: 2 Peter 1:12-21 Sermon: Things to Remember Pastor John Snyder, preaching Grace Street — Children's Church @16:10 hrs Rehearsals for our Christmas Pageant begin! ______  21 November '21 Harvest / Thanksgiving Potluck Supper at Christuskirche Suggested Menu Vegetarian Casseroles Herb Roasted Turkey with Gravy Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Winter Vegetables with Potatoes Dressing Cranberry Sauce Salads Rolls & Butter Desserts: Pumpkin Pie, Black Forest Cake,

So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1:21 For most of us, we are very aware of the joy of family and friends at Christmastime. I particularly enjoy attending worship services in places where winter days bring snow and freezing temperatures. The bleak weather outside makes for a startling contrast to

This Sunday, 13 December, we are excited to be celebrating our annual Christmas pageant—the reenactment of the “incarnation of God” in human form. In Luke 1:46-55, when we read the Song of Mary, we hear the amazing message that this story is not only about God’s mercy and love for Mary and Joseph, but for all whom God calls from generation to generation. The point that Luke wants us to learn from this passage is that Jesus is the star of

By Mike Page It’s not easy being Caesar you know, an emperor. Even if I wanted to be the good guy, there are still taxes to be brought in—the empire doesn’t run itself. And unfortunately, like the saying goes, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs! I hate having to threaten people to get the taxes in. Wouldn’t it be great if I just asked and people cheerfully gave? But no! You have to threaten to break a

I was out shopping, something I hate to do, and people seemed more grim than ever.  Anyone else feel that way? Instead of holiday cheer, it felt like despair and grumpiness was the new normal way to interact with each other. Unfortunately, it’s not just non-Christians, but many Christians are exhibiting unchristlike characteristics—bitterness, envy, jealousy, resentment, and mean-spiritedness. And for those facing very tough times—illness, heartbreak, financial loss—it’s difficult to feel the love and charity of Christmas. So here's an inspiring story

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! God is love. We hear this all the time whenever his name is mentioned. We are told in Scripture that his character is the very essence of love. Yet we make the mistake of defining his love in terms of what we habitually think it is, rather than first coming to an understanding what his love actually

I asked someone recently, “What’s your favorite memory or tradition of Christmas?” I was shocked by the reply, “None.” None. Not one. He went on to explain that Christmas was one of the worst times at his home. Anger, punctuated by moments of drunkenness on the part of the rest of the family were a living nightmare. He dreaded that time and couldn’t wait for it to be over. For him, there were no special Christmas worship services, no Christ-like behavior, no positive

…Finding the True Story Amidst All the Religious Fluff by Philipp Meinecke It’s Christmas season and, depending on your family’s traditions, you are probably in the midst of preparing for December 24 or 25 respectively. Cookies have been baked, the house has been decorated, candles have replaced regular LED lighting throughout the house, family pictures have been taken, ugly sweater contests have been won, and the debate on whether or not you should buy a “real” tree this year has probably also

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