A blog worth considering.
Acts 17:11 says the People in Berea received the message of Jesus with great eagerness. They considered what Paul was telling them. They examined it every day to see if it was the truth. They were being shaped into disciples. We hope, in small measure, you will consider this blog and that it might spur you onward.
If the title makes you smile, you’re not alone. If it’s a bit confusing, you’re also in good company. For most of us, if we think of any bird that symbolizes the Holy Spirit, it’s a dove. As Christians, we know that God is three in one: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Hear from the supportive community of youth leaders that crafts Breakaway weekend, helping high school and middle school students to draw close to God and to each other.
“We run great risk if we avoid spiritual disciplines,” writes Virginia Watson (age 95) who shares some ideas that shaped her long life. She includes a reading list of Christian biographies that encouraged her through the years.
Virginia Watson, a longtime member of The Falls Church Anglican, provides three ways to contend for the Persecuted Church. She shares her story of how God gave her a series of “nudges” to begin praying in earnest.
While our church campus is clearly visible, and we can see new beams and parts of the roof being added to the church building almost daily, the relationships the Lord is building through our church with the local community are becoming more and more prominent too.
Stella Butala led those who attended the Women’s Advent Fellowship on December 6 in a closing prayer. “When we wait for God, we wait; let’s not rush Him to work right in this moment,” she encouraged, based on Ecclesiastes 3:11: “The Lord makes everything beautiful in its time.”
When asked what surprised him most after moving from Azerbaijan to the United States, one of our English learners' eyes lit up as he described the unexpected calm he felt when he heard birds singing.
Do you ever feel like you know the Christmas story backwards and forwards, and while it’s wonderful, it’s so incredibly familiar? Want a fresh perspective? If you’re one who enjoys being in control (let me just raise my hand here), this one’s for you.
Abri Nelson tells about seeing the Advent of Christ through the narratives of the Old Testament. She reminds us that when Christ comes, when God’s actions are seen in the circumstances of our lives, we catch a glimpse of the way the world is supposed to be, the way it will be .
Christmas can be a trial for many. Here is a list of encouraging verses – verses like, “ When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul” (Psalm 94:19). We hope they’ll help all of us along the journey.
At our recent Women’s Advent & Dessert night, Erin Clifford reminded us to place ourselves in the same spiritual space as many who have come before us. Waiting is not easy but, from beginning to end of Scripture, we see stories of people who are compelled to wait.
We asked Cheryl McKeon, our new Children and Family Ministry Director, to share her heart for children and her vision for discipleship. She expressed three of her hopes and prayers as she steps into the role of shepherding the next generation and providing support for families.
December is a surprising month for an al fresco barbecue lunch on a concrete slab, but that is exactly how part of our church family enjoyed a midday break last Wednesday to celebrate “topping out” with the construction crew.
The genius of C.S. Lewis’ often-quoted conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, Lucy and Susan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is that it so cleverly captures the unguessable, out-of-the-box, awful goodness of God. Likewise, the manger scene could also lead us to this same question.
After meeting four days a week since September in Learning Center classrooms organized by For the Nations, a nonprofit ministry to refugees, asylees, and immigrants, the students’ reading comprehension is growing, as is their familiarity with conversations about God.
To his mother Mary, a Son and Savior (Luke 1:47;2:16). For the wise men, the king that has come (Matthew 2:11). Salvation seen for Simeon (Luke 2:30). The redemption of Jerusalem for Anna (Luke 2:36).
Many of us may not have grown up in a Church tradition that really celebrated the season of Advent, but it is one of the gifts that the Church has passed down to us from centuries past. Advent is about two different anticipations.
Here is a glimpse into a unique, behind-the-scenes ministry at The Falls Church Anglican – a guild of artists who quietly bless our congregation during the Christmas season (and throughout the year) with an eye for beauty and a desire to create a sacred space.
Enjoy this series of sermons from 2014 that talk on the questions that Jesus asks in the Gospels. It’s a great refresher as we go into the Advent season.
The Christmas season poses a heightened challenge to us: can we look beyond ourselves and into the divinity that has come down from heaven in the person of Jesus? Not that alone, but can we embrace the uncertainty that comes from total surrender?
If you sit on the edge of the mountainous terrain of southern Jerusalem, you can see Herodium in the distance as it hovers over the particular lowly city of Bethlehem, just three miles away. …where God came down and was born of a common Jewish woman, in a messy stable.
As we approach Thanksgiving Day and this season of noticing God's goodness to us, including taking notice of how His love is made complete through one another (1 John 4:12), we want to hear from YOU. How do you cultivate a grateful heart? Here is what some of our staff had to say.
Giver of all, another day is ended and I take my place beneath my great redeemer's cross, where healing streams continually descend, where balm is poured into every wound, where I wash anew in the all-cleansing blood, assured that Thou seest in me no spots of sin. Yet a little while and I shall go to Thy home and be no more seen; help me to gird up the loins of my mind, to quicken my step, to speed as if each moment were my last, that my life be joy, my death glory.
Enjoy this series of sermons from 2016 taken from Philippians. In it we learn timeless truths like, “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (1:6), and the instruction to, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God” (2:14).
In 1746, as the title says, Charles Wesley printed a booklet of hymns for a public thanksgiving day. Granted, this is not the American day, which was not formally made a holiday until Abraham Lincoln signed it into law in April 1863. Nevertheless, we hope this selection from Wesley’s booklet will help you have a spirit of thanksgiving this season.
Here are a few ideas that we found that might help as your family gathers together for the Thanksgiving holiday… and a suggestion to begin preparation for Advent, since it starts Dec. 2!
Giving thanks is part of life. It’s not always the easiest thing to do - to show our sincere gratitude to one another or to God. Humility is part of surrendering ourselves to a heart that is warmed by thankfulness. Here are 10 verses that will help give us context.