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Merely Christian

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “Merely Christian” 1st Thessalonians 5: 16-24 12/10/17   Religious books are big business. In the United States, sales revenue has recently been around 500 million per year. About 50 million religious books are sold each year, both fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary. Maybe you’ll be getting one for Christmas in a couple of weeks. But with so many books to choose from, how do you know which ones have value? Which ones are good and which ones are great? Aside from the Bible, what would you say is the best Christian book of all time? Intervarsity Christian Fellowship tried to answer that question a few years ago. Their Emerging Scholars Network held a “Best Christian Book of All Time Tournament”, a single elimination tournament with brackets, sort of like the NCAA basketball tournament. The Final...

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First Presbyterian Church/Good News in Brief for December 14, 2017 – December 21, 2017

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 in News

Check here weekly for the news of First Presbyterian Church

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The Holiness of Waiting

Posted on Dec 6, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “The Holiness of Waiting” 2nd Peter 3: 8-15a 12/03/17   So you need to call customer service. You clear your schedule for an hour. You get comfortable in your favorite chair, put the TV on mute and gather all your account numbers and passwords. And you tap in the number. A voice answers, “All our operators are currently helping other customers. Please stay on the line and your call will be answered in the order that it was received.” And you wait… Then the voice comes back on, “Thank you for waiting. Your call is very important to us…” and on and on. And then you wait some more. As Tom Petty once said, “The waiting is the hardest part.” I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. Whether it’s on the phone, or in line...

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A Word from the Pastor by Rev. T.J. Parlette

Posted on Dec 4, 2017 in News

In recent days we have seen even more violence take place in our country. The shooting at a Baptist Church in Texas hits especially close to home because fellow Christians, gathered for Sunday morning worship were the targets.

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The Standard

Posted on Nov 27, 2017 in Sermons

Thomas J Parlette “The Standard” Matthew 25: 31-46 11/26/17   What comes to your mind when you think about standards? Perhaps you think about ethical standards, or maybe your dating standards. Maybe its educational standards. Or it could standards of measurement. Some standards of measurement we take for granted – an inch is an inch; a foot is a foot. But it actually took quite a long time to arrive at an agreed upon standard for even these common measurements. For instance, an inch was described as the width of a man’s thumb – but of course, everyone’s thumb is a little bit different. So in the 14th century, King Edward the II of England ruled that an inch equals three grains of barley placed end to end lengthwise. And that’s how we got an inch. A foot was...

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