Louis TammingaIsolated People

“Is it true?” he asked, “that in American streets one sees houses without people around, talking together?” I answered that was mostly so. He said, “There must be much loneliness in America…” 

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If summer mission trips are so life changing for the young people, what do those they are going to “serve” get out of it? Might we be using the community for our own transformation?

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IN: Prayer

I challenged them to recite the Apostle's Creed without letting their mind wander. As it was, I actually promised them a million dollars if they could report the next morning that they had been completely successful...

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Harry had been coming to church for months, but I didn’t really know him. When he said he was thinking about playing guitar with the worship team, I hope my face did not reveal my incredulity. 

July 6, 2015 2 3 comments
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When they arrived in India, they discovered that many of the missionaries were discouraged. It is often difficult on the frontier of ministry. Find out how Coffee Break brought encouragement and renewed focus! 

July 3, 2015 0 0 comments
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The Korean Coffee Break conference in Southern California is being attended by Coffee Break leaders from many interesting places! This post features Coffee Break leaders in Mexico. 

July 2, 2015 0 0 comments
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There is one space that makes me nervous. I can’t rearrange it or make sure it’s painted my favorite colors. I’m just asked to trust that it will be perfect, with no weeping or sorrow or pain.

July 2, 2015 1 0 comments
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Elmhurst CRC would like to donate their old Psalter Hymnals to a needy church or organization. The church has somewhere between 400-500 books, printed in 1988. 

July 2, 2015 0 0 comments
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He said it with such conviction: “High schoolers don’t need another reason to feel like they’re the best thing this world has to offer.” I’ll never forget the way my jaw hit the floor. Where was this coming from?

July 2, 2015 0 0 comments
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As a roving reporter at the Korean Coffee Break Conference near Los Angeles, I'm meeting with Coffee Break champions from around the world. Let me introduce you to one of these champions named Hannah.

July 2, 2015 0 0 comments
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One thing that has struck me after working for more than a decade to connect churches in the U.S. with churches that World Renew works with overseas is the similarity between them.

July 1, 2015 0 0 comments
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Over the last ten years classis Chatham has conducted more than fifteen exams. My overall impression is that one exam is pretty much like another, even though the purpose of each exam is different.

June 30, 2015 1 0 comments
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Years ago I was a delegate to a CRC Synod. It turned out that I was the youngest member there.

June 29, 2015 0 0 comments
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In this issue, college students with disabilities describe how they’re being engaged to grow in their faith and discipleship.

June 29, 2015 0 0 comments
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We wanted to provide leaders with great ideas for inviting people to Coffee Break and for creating a Coffee Break culture that was inviting. So we went to the experts...

June 29, 2015 0 0 comments
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"The God I serve is a God of presence, not a God of protection."

June 27, 2015 1 8 comments
Discussion Topic

School's out for the summer! One option for entertainment is to go to the movie theater. But how do you determine which movies are appropriate for YOUR child? 

June 26, 2015 2 2 comments
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“Why do we not invite?” At first, answers came easily to the group of Coffee Break leaders. But then we dug deeper. The answers became more personal. There were times of silence between responses...

June 25, 2015 1 0 comments
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At the CRC Synod, as usual, a raft of new candidates for the ministry was approved. This year there were 44 names on the list. I do pray they will all get a call someday soon...

June 25, 2015 2 3 comments
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The German poet-philosopher, Gotthold Lessing (1729-1781), became the spokesman for Germany's intellectuals whose religion focused on human goodness. Do we have a bit of "Lessing" in us?

June 25, 2015 0 1 comments
Resource, Job Opening

Immanuel CRC in Ripon, CA, is seeking a full time Worship Director to help us implement our vision for worship. 

June 24, 2015 0 0 comments