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Online Communion Guide

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Some of the sweetest times for small groups/gatherings or families are when they can participate in the Lord’s Supper together. The Bible stresses the importance of unity in Communion, which is why taking Communion with those you do life with on a regular basis can be powerful....

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Good Friday Communion Guide

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Some of the sweetest times for small groups/gatherings or families are when they can participate in the Lord’s Supper together. The Bible stresses the importance of unity in Communion, which is why taking Communion with those you do life with on a regular basis can be powerful....

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Equipped to Respond

Our Churchs Response To Covid 19 Red Shapes

It can be easy to say "be on mission" or "love your neighbor" at times like this, scripture tells us to be ready to give a "defense for our faith" (I Peter 3:15), but where might we even consider staring? Here are some practical ways you can be equipped to respond when most helpful, it's a "round-up of resources" so to speak. Let's begin with Prayer......

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COVID-19 our next steps - caring for our community

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One thing has become clear, we are running low on adjectives to describe what is happening around us. I sense the groanings of creation all the more and my own personal desire for our Savior to Lord over the earth in all His perfection because: “He who promised is faithful”. ...

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COVID-19 - navigating our response to a growing national concern.

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Last week we posted some increased safety measures that we should all consider in times of illness around our facility. However, it seems that it is time for some follow up to that for us as a local church....

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The Beauty of Scripture

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A deeper look into the biblical connections of Hebrews 10:19-25 to 10 other verses in Hebrews and 11 through the rest of scripture including the references....

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Ephesians Series Lobby Art Installation

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A behind the scenes look to see and understand some of the work of our design team and process in putting together resources for our series. I’m grateful for a church that values creativity as a part of the way that we display the Glory of God, our creator!...

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Coming Soon: Work as Worship, 1 Day Retreat

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God has a purpose for us on this earth. That calling is to be on mission for God where He has placed us. And since many people spend the majority of their waking hours on the job, we have to stop compartmentalizing life into “spiritual activities” and “work activities.” How are we living examples of the gospel while we work? ...

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Worship Songs for Sunday, January 14th, 2018

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Like the sun keeping planets in orbit, God is at the center of existence and our lives are meant to center on Him. The truth is that our lives often don't center on Him. Most of us go each day unaware of the unimaginable power of God. The grand narrative of scripture began with God and all of history centers around God. But we constantly fail to center our lives on Him an...

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Worship Songs from Sunday, January 7th, 2018

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We are grateful that the resolve that God has for His own Glory is far greater than our resolutions will ever be! Here are the songs that we sang on Sunday to reflect on that truth......

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Cancellation of all weekend services and activities

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As we have continued to monitor the weather for the weekend as well as be in contact with local authorities, we think it best to go ahead and cancel all weekend services and activities through Monday. Many are already recommending that individuals be in place by 5p on Saturday. We will assess any further scheduling updates as needed beyond that. More than any of these det...

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The Dangerous Call of the World - Follow Up Resources

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Here's a collection of resources for further study on rejection of worldliness and the blessing of repentance...

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Alive Camp 2017: ONE - behind the summer plans

The past several summers have been a great time fellowshipping together, spending time in God's Word and going all out transforming whatever location we were going to for our teens to have an experience they'll never forget. As we were praying through plans for this year one thing we considered was how we can best minister to teens based on where they were at in life. We...

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Meeting a specific need in Haiti

For years we have enjoyed a partnership with our friends in Haiti, recently they made us aware of a need and made a specific request and we're working to serve them... find out how you can help here!...

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For the good of our City - 2017 Egg Hunt

We love our city and we're grateful for the opportunity to make this a better place, our annual Egg Hunt is a very visible way that we're able to accomplish this together as a church. This is the location that we’ve set down roots as a church family and we want to serve our community well. More than that we have a vision for something far greater than the name of one chu...

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You’re ‘More than a Conquerer’

This past Sunday we considered what it meant to be a conquerer, but I wanted to share this helpful resource with you all to help us consider this more deeply from a Theological standpoint. I trust this will be helpful for your personal Bible study and encouragement this week. -Chris ...

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Save The Date in 2017

Perhaps your family is like mine, enjoying the break but making plans for the year ahead... there's family, school, vacations, budgets and a list of other things to consider. It can get overwhelming and at times we find our calendars full before we've even considered the things that God would want us to engage in through His church. This year, we've put together what we ho...

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3 ways to get involved in the Community Funtober Fest

Chris takes a moment to update us on the Casselberry Community Funtober Fest and how over the past several years we have had the opportunity to serve our community outside of the four walls of our church building or the 9 acres of our church property....

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Alive Middle School Update: God's Glory on Display

The point this past Sunday was for our students to understand the role Jesus played in physically demonstrating God’s glory on this earth, and that they would evaluate what effect truly “seeing” Jesus’ glory has or could have on their relationship with Christ. Read more from our latest Alive Middle School Meting Here...

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Alive Update: 16 Verses ~ Justification

Through Jesus and the work of the Spirit, God would establish a new covenant and give lasting life to his people in the new heavens and new earth. Jesus is the One through whom all of these promises find fulfillment, first in his sacrificial death as a necessary and just payment for sin and then in his victorious resurrection and reign as King....

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Alive Middle School Update: God's Glory Defined

God’s glory can be one of those “church” words students think they understand. Until they actually try to define it. Then, they realize they really don’t have a good grasp on what God’s glory is. After this study, they won’t have any problem knowing what God’s glory is, and how it affects their lives....

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Alive Update: 16 Verses ~ The Cross

God created a kingdom, and he is the King, but he made human beings to represent him in that kingdom. Adam and Eve rejected this call, which led to sin and death. But God promised to defeat the Serpent through the seed of the woman, who is also the seed of Abraham. Through Abraham’s family, and specifically Judah’s royal seed, David, the covenant blessings would com...

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Alive Update: 16 Verses ~ New Creation

THE STORY SO FAR God created a kingdom, and he is the King, but he made human beings to represent him in that kingdom. Adam and Eve rejected this call, which led to sin and death. But God promised to defeat the Serpent through the seed of the woman, who is also the seed of Abraham. Through Abraham’s family, and specifically Judah’s royal seed, David, the covenant bless...

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[Alive Update] 16 Verses: Resurrection Promsed

THE STORY SO FAR God created a kingdom, and he is the King, but he made human beings to represent him in that kingdom. Adam and Eve rejected this call, which led to sin and death. But God promised to defeat the Serpent through the seed of the woman, who is also the seed of Abraham. Through Abraham’s family, and specifically Judah’s royal seed, David, the covenant bless...

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Alive Update: The Suffering Servant

In order to finally defeat sin God would not send an animal sacrifice. Instead He would send a suffering servant and the Lord would lay on this servant the sin of all his people....

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Alive Update: King David

We are halfway through our 16 verses series and our 8th stop brings us to King David. While there are many things about his life that are commonly recalled such as his days as a shepherd, triumph over Goliath, Kingship, sin and repentance there is one aspect of his life that can commonly be overlooked. His desire was to build a temple as a permanent place for the presenc...

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Alive Update: Summer Schedule

We are working on summer plans for Alive and I’ve included a calendar for your family to help you all stay informed of what’s coming up. Our hope is to give opportunities for fellowship while schedules are a bit more flexible with school being out for the summer, to create environments where we seek to be more identified as in Christ than we do by our school, sport, ac...

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Alive Update: 16 Verses ~ The Passover Lamb

God created a kingdom, and he is the King, but he made human beings to represent him in that kingdom. Adam and Eve rejected this call, which led to sin and death. But God promised to defeat the Serpent through the seed of the woman, who is also the seed of Abraham. Through Abraham’s family, and specifically Judah’s royal seed, the covenant blessings would come to the w...

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Alive Update: Judah the King

God created a kingdom, and he is the King, but he made human beings to represent him in that kingdom. Adam and Eve rejected this call, which led to sin and death. But God promised to defeat the Serpent through the seed of the woman, who is also the seed of Abraham. Through Abraham’s family, and specifically Judah’s royal seed, the covenant blessings would come to the ...

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Easter Sunday participation: The Flowering of the Cross

We’d like to introduce you to celebrating Christ’s Resurrection by Flowering the Cross. During the corporate singing in the Easter Sunday morning service, you will see a wire-covered, wooden cross at the front. Place your flowers in the wire frame or around the foot of the cross. The old rugged cross is transformed with life and beauty before our eyes. Children and a...

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Alive Update: 16 Verses ~ Redemption Promised

Even as He concluded His condemning words to the serpent, God gave a hint at what He planned to do for the human race. He would not leave then without hope. And, in these words of hope, we find a pattern for the conflict that will continue until the new creation comes....

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Alive Update: 16 Verses ~ The Fall

Genesis 3 is one of the most heartbreaking chapters in the entire Bible, because in it, we see God’s good creation turn rotten. In it, we see Adam and Eve, whom God made to love and trust Him, and to rule on His behalf, turn their backs on Him. And the saddest part of all is that every one of us can see ourselves reflected in Adam and Eve....

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A Vision for Our Community - the 2016 Easter Egg Hunt

We want to see the Kingdom of God built in Casselberry and surrounding areas. This is the location that we’ve set down roots as a church family and we want to serve our community well. More than that we have a vision for something far greater than the name of one church in the area, to that end Metro Life Church, Church Together, Willow Creek PCA, New Covenant Assembly o...

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Alive Update: 16 Verses ~ Human Beings

John Calvin wrote that almost all of our wisdom consists of knowledge or God and knowledge of self. Last week we learned something about God and His creation and rule of the world. As we move to the second week in our series, we will get a glimpse of some truths we must know about ourselves. So, before we leave the creation week behind, we need to back up just a bit to loo...

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Alive Update: 16 Verses Series ~ Creation

As a follow up to our post earlier this week on our new serues: 16 Verses, we wanted to let you know how our discussion on the topic of creation went. We've included Key Themes and The Story so far so you can keep up with where we're at. We've also provided some of the questions from our discussion groups to aide your discussions at home. Theme: Creation Verse: Gen 1:31 ...

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[Alive Update] New Series: 16 Verses

There’s a popular turn of phrase: You can’t see the forest for the trees! How often this can be true for each one of us. In our new series in Alive however, we’re going to turn that phrase around: we’re going to understand the forest, one tree at a time. 16 trees to be precise....

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Alive Update: Where has all the Reverence Gone?

We wanted to give you all a way to know what's been happening in our Alive meetings, here's a recap from our time together last night....

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3 ways to get involved in your community in the next 2 weeks

We are excited for the opportunity to host several tents at the upcoming "Halloween Spooktoberfest" with the city of Casselberry. We need your help and here's how!...

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How you can participate in the City of Casselberry Halloween Spooktoberfest

Throughout our history we’ve enjoyed celebrating the Autumnal season together through events like Fall festivals, community outreaches, etc. This year was shaping up to be like so many we’ve previously enjoyed as we were planning for a Trunk-or-Treat style event. That was, until a few weeks ago when I had the opportunity to meet with the event planners for the City ...

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Christmas Choirs 2015

This Christmas we're going to celebrate the Advent season together (read more about Advent here) and we're putting together a couple of opportunities for your family to participate in choirs to add your voice to the declaration of Emmanuel, God with us!...

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5 Things You Need to Know: ReNEW 2015

As I type this it’s late into the evening the night before a youth retreat and this is one of my favorite nights of the year! There’s great anticipation and our group of leaders met this afternoon for a time of training as well as buttoning up the final details preparing for your teens tomorrow morning. It was like Christmas morning seeing all of the details coming tog...

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The Gospel & My Remaining Sin

May we be less consumed with the diagnosis of our heart and more overwhelmed at the triumphant prognosis that Christ brings to our human condition as we consider these things, pray through them, asking God to change our hearts....

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Vacation Bible School 2015: Bible Blast to the Past Recap

Here's your way to review everything that we learned and did at this year's Vacation Bible School: Bible Blast to the Past. Take a step back in time, all the way to last week, and discover the INCREDIBLE, FAITHFUL, INVINCIBLE, UNCONDITIONAL and REAL love of God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ....

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Alive Recap: Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd

A recap of the recent Death Valley series in Alive emphasizing the words LORD, MY, and SHEPHERD from Psalm 23, detailing how God takes care of his children....

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The Gospel and Good Works

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify...

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Alive Update: God's Glory Through Us

Last night was the last lesson of our study on God’s glory. Entitled “Glory To God Through Us.” The point of the lesson was that our students would understand that God is given glory as they live out their everyday lives, especially during tough times, and that they would accept the challenge to be more identified with Christ through their daily actions and interacti...

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The Gospel and Trust

Did you notice what was embedded in the questions Chris asked this past Sunday? Explore something that was in each one of them and serves as our friendly signpost for life as Milton Vincent would say...

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2015 Community Easter Egg Hunt

We want to see the Kingdom of God built in Casselberry and surrounding areas. This is the location that we’ve set down roots as a church family and we want to serve our community well. More than that we have a vision for something far greater than the name of one church in the area, to that end Metro Life Church and Church Together are partnering with one another for our...

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Meet the Alive D-Group Leaders

In this update on Alive, our ministry to students in middle and high school, Chris introduces us to a group of individuals who are seeking to make a difference in the life of our teens. D-Group (short for Discipleship Group) leaders want to break down walls as students walk in so they don’t have a chance to feel lonely, scared, or bored. Our goal in Alive is an engagem...

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The Rich Ruler: Where Do You Invest Hope?

I was watching the Lorax by Dr Seuss the other night with my daughter and an interesting scene played out, it went something like this: The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall? The Once-ler: Uh, down? The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean....

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Why Celebrate Advent?

While celebrating Advent isn’t on par with the Sacraments in the church, such as celebrating communion, it is a tool to help us pause and remember the anticipation of the Messiah. This anticipation then informs our waiting for the second coming....

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What is involved in Advent?

We want our eager anticipation to be well informed by the scriptures as well as tradition. We’ll do this over the four Sundays leading up to Christmas and on Christmas Eve. Here’s what will be involved each week: We’ll make use of the simple advent wreath as a visual aid in our celebration which includes an evergreen wreath and 5 candles....

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What is Advent?

In this new series from Chris we are going to explore the Advent season together. We are called to be salt and light to the world around us, radically different than the world we live in because of the Kingdom we’re now a part of. Can this be accomplished while still enjoying the holidays? Absolutely, but let’s have our joy informed by the Gospel, our salvat...

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Find Metro Life Church on Amazon Smile

Recently, Metro Life Church became listed as one of the non-profit organizations that can benefit from your shopping on amazon.com with Amazon Smile. Here's a little more information on the service...

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Alive Update: The Roles of the Holy Spirit

In God’s awesome plan, only after Jesus’ purpose on this earth was fulfilled would the Holy Spirit permanently come to live in all Believers. We took look at how Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit’s new role in the lives of all those who would come to a saving faith in Christ. Jesus gave a ton of insight into this new way of interacting with the Spirit...

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Alive Update: The Spirit’s Promise

This week begins our series on the Holy Spirit. The lesson was entitled “The Spirit’s Promise,” and its purpose was to help students understand who the Holy Spirit is and what His presence in their life signifies, and to help them begin to express how His presence makes them feel....

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Alive Update: Our next Elements Study on The Holy Spirit

We will soon begin a new study called “elements: Holy Spirit” that I pray will make a big impact on your teenager’s understanding of the Holy Spirit and the impact having Him in us and with us each day makes on his or her lives. Over the course of this study, your teenager will understand who the Holy Spirit is and what His presence in his or her life si...

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Vacation Bible School 2014: Jungle Safari Recap

Here is a recap of the lessons we've learned this week as a part of our 2014 Vacation Bible School titled Jungle Safari. We hope this was a wonderful week for your family, we had a great time with all of the children that were able to participate and look forward to continuing to learn all about God in Truth Quest each Sunday as well...

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Alive Update: The Word And Us

From Chris: This week we wrapped up our Element’s study on God’s Word. This final sermon was entitled “The Word And Us.” Its purpose was to help our students would understand that as Christ-followers, God’s Word must be at the center of our lives. We were challenged to discover (or re-discover) a joy for encountering God in His Word....

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Music and Worship: June 15th, 2014

From Chris: Good morning, Here is a brief recap of the songs that we used to worship God through as well as some of the scriptures that inform them. I've also included an extended devotional based on the Matt Redman song: 10,000 Reasons. Enjoy the goodness of our Father God as you consider these passages and songs together...

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Music and Worship: June 8th, 2014

From Chris: I've been seeking to post the songs that we're singing corporately each week along with the scriptures that we see they are drawn from. I hope this is a helpful resource for you. This week I came across something that I thought was really cool and it goes along with one of our newer songs: 'Grace Alone' - here you'll see the author, Dustin Kensrue, putting th...

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Alive Update: An Open Letter to Parents

Malcom Gladwell says “it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.” (crazy when you think about it, that’s 5 years at a 40 hour per week pace). In a given week we’re each only given 168 hours, no matter what you do or who you are, President of the United States or a homeless man on the street. There are many opportunities be...

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Music and Worship: June 1st, 2014

Good morning, Here is a brief recap of the songs that we used to worship God through as well as some of the scriptures that inform them....

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Alive Update: The Word in the World

This week we continued our study on God’s Word. This message was entitled “The Word In The World,” and its purpose was to help our students see that Jesus’ person, ministry, and teachings represent the fullness of God’s word to us. We tried to help them see how they are to be communicating God’s Word in their day-to-day lives....

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Music and Worship for May 25th, 2014

Good morning, Here's a brief recap of the songs that we used to worship God through as well as some of the scriptures that inform them. I hope this encourages your personal worship throughout the week as well! - Chris...

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New Song: Jesus is Better

The story of Jesus healing a boy with an unclean spirit is one of the most powerful encounters recorded in Mark's Gospel. Found in chapter 9, the writer tells us about a violent spirit that has tormented a young boy since birth. The account is graphic, and it's difficult not to read the story and feel compassion for the disturbed boy....

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Sunday, April 27th: Music, Worship & Scriptures

Good morning, Here's a brief recap of the songs that we used to worship God through as well as some of the scriptures that inform them. I hope this encourages your personal worship throughout the week as well!...

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Alive Update: The Word At Work

Last night at ALIVE we started our three-lesson study on God’s Word. This first lesson was entitled “The Word At Work,” and its purpose was to help us gain a more full understanding of what we mean by God’s Word, as well as challenging us to evaluate our own attitudes toward the Bible and the role it plays in our lives....

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Easter Weekend 2014: Music & Worship

Good morning, What a full and wonderful Easter weekend we had celebrating our Risen Savior! I thought it might be helpful to reflect on some of the music and key themes we worshipped God through this past weekend. There were quite a few songs and stories told via the special music and elements that were brought together. Consider afresh today how God met you over t...

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Alive Update: Elements | God's Word

We tend to hear “God’s Word” and think of our Bibles. Of course, we know that the Bible is indeed God’s Word. But a good understanding of God’s Word goes deeper than just the words on our favorite Bible app....

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Alive Youth Group Update: Selfless in a Selfie World

We’ve been studying God’s Love recently, more specifically God’s Love as a part of His Character, God’s Love in it’s greatest display through the cross and how we’re called to show or display God’s Love as those who have so generously received it. Would you consider today how you’re being called to show love to other...

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Volunteer Opportunity: Vacation Bible School

We are excited to announce that this Summer, June 23rd - 27th, we will host our annual Vacation Bible School titled: Jungle Safari! Putting an event like this together takes a lot of support from our church. We wanted to make you aware of openings for serving this year's Vacation Bible School...

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Service Opportunity: Alive Summer Intern

This summer, Alive Youth Group is looking for two interns! What does this mean? We're looking to get two individuals involved in all aspects of our youth ministry including studying and practicing what it means to be a leader. From fun to grunge, meeting or activities planning to cleaning up afterward this will be a great opportunity to study alongside Chris and Aro...

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Alive Update: God's Love

We’ve just completed our third lesson in our look at God’s Love. It’s been a great time of study and application for us. While it’s sometimes difficult to show love the way Christ did, we talked about how this plays a part in living out the gospel for others. This final message was entitled “Loving Outward,” and it focused on help...

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Service Opportunity: Social Media Coordinator

We are looking for someone to continue to develop and execute strategic plans for all of Metro Life Church social media and actively maintain digital content. If you are interested, please click here......

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Worship In Spirit and Truth

Be encouraged today to be a bold witness through the response of the Samaritan woman. She left the very jar she came to the well to fill so that she could go and tell of this man who is the promised Messiah [John 4:28-30] - what a wonderful portrait of preoccupation! ...

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Quotes & Thoughts for Application: Seize the Day to Share Jesus Christ!

We wanted to share a couple of the quotes from the sermon as well as some thoughts for application, the audio will be online for you to review as well... Seize the Day today to Share Jesus Christ Metro Life Church!...

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Easter Egg Hunt Recap

we wanted to share some of the pictures from the event with you all - our thanks to Leah VanCleve of LoveTree Photography for capturing our time together so wonderfully...

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From 'The Corner' - a Testimony by Jason VanLue

I’ve always been a healthy guy. I was an All-American swimmer, and growing up in a medical household meant we knew the aisles of the health food stores better than we knew our own neighborhood. The most I saw of hospitals was when I went with my dad to do rounds and eat cookies in the cafeteria....

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If Jesus Christ is your life, then live like Jesus Christ is your life!

Our vision is that Casselberry and beyond would see a display of the glory of God through us; through how we live, how we love, how we serve, how we give, how we hope, how we pray, how we do all that we do, whether eating or drinking or playing or anything else…that we would be a display of the glory of God that is powerful to draw others to God’s glorious lig...

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Songlist from Sunday, March 10th

Sunday morning, March 10th - our song-list included 'O For A Thousand' by Gateway Worship, 'Blessed Be Your Name' by Matt Redman, a new song for us titled 'Sovereign' by Chris Tomlin as well as '10,000 Reasons' by Matt Redman....

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Serving opportunities in our office

We are in need of assistance in our office in the areas specified in this post. Please let Chip Chew know if you're available to assist with anything listed here....

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A Healthy Church... eats at Tijuana Flats

"...that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery..." Colossians 2:2 ...

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Listening To God's Word in the Church

A helpful article posted recently to TableTalk on receiving messages given in the church...

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Top 10 of 2012

Review of the 10 posts on our 'life together' blog and sermons listened to in 2012...

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2012

Christmas Eve 2012 we gathered together to celebrate Emmanuel, God with us! Here are a few images that were captured thanks to Leah VanCleve (Lovetree photography) of our evening together. Delete 2012 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service ...

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