First Presbyterian Church – Cedar Rapids

From the Pastor

December 2017

One of the Advent traditions at our house is the purchasing of a Christmas-themed book for each child each year. As the girls have grown and the collection expanded, we have discovered a variety of little known stories. After all, you can only own so many versions of the Nutcracker. Among the countless Christmas legends, […]

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November 2017

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 118:24,29 Throughout the Psalms you will find a wide range of human emotions, from sadness to rage, from wonder to joy; but throughout those […]

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October 2017

On October 31,1517, a Catholic priest named Martin Luther posted an invitation to a debate on his church door at Wittenberg. The invitation, entitled “Ninety-Five Theses or Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” listed 95 statements about some quite basic issues Luther had with the way salvation and forgiveness were being taught to […]

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September 2017

Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, […]

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August 2017

Dear Friends, First, let us celebrate what we have accomplished so far. On July 23rd, in what can only be called a Spirit-filled, joyous jazz worship, we dedicated our pledges to date of 1.5 million dollars to the restoration and renovation project. It was just last fall that we first became aware of how quickly […]

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July 2017

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:4-5 The month of June was a full one for me, […]

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June 2017

“I will rejoice in doing good to them, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.” Jeremiah 32:41 The city of Jerusalem is crumbling. King Nebuchadnezzar has taken notice of the tiny, but strategically placed, kingdom of Israel and the armies of Babylon are encroaching. The best […]

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