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 By Billy Holland    Religion    July 13, 2020 

On Purpose: Our grass is greener than we think

I really appreciate readers who send me emails and even hand-written letters, they are truly an encouragement. Actually, I received a wonderful letter the other day by a gentleman from South Carolina...

 
 By Billy Holland    Religion    July 6, 2020

Living on Purpose

And I know He watches me I was working out in the yard the other day and a tiny sparrow landed on the ground just a few feet from me. I watched as it moved its head around and then flew off with light...

 

Sermonette: Peace I Give to You

I’ve had several conversations with different people about anxiety lately. Last week I wrote about worry and stress, but I think anxiety can fall into an entirely different category. Yes, most of...

 

Sermonette: Be Still

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10 The Lord has been reminding me of the basics lately. He has been...

 

Sermonette: Love

1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” These last few weeks... no, months, have made 2020 one for the history books. Not only do we have a...

 

Sermonette: Make Your Life a Prayer

“Make your life a prayer.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 TPT The Lord has been teaching me about prayer, a lot, lately. Prayer is a subject I think we can become ambivalent or casual towards. We know the...

 

Living on Purpose: The victorious spirituall life

If our mind is filled with a world of thoughts that are contrary or even dishonorable to God, how can there be room for us to concentrate on His goodn...

 

Sermonette: May 25, 2020

What is the meaning and purpose of life? This is a question I would not have been able to answer a few years ago. At that point, my biggest worries were enjoying life and managing what other people...

 

Sermonette: Love for enemies

Something that God has been continuing to teach me lately is how to better love people. Simple, but far from easy. The other day, I read through Luke 6:27-36. This passage is quoted from one of...

 

Sermonette: May 11, 2020

Be still. It is said several times throughout the Bible, and is quite a popular phrase among the home décor section of Hobby Lobby. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted amo...

 

Sermonette: April 27, 2020

“The Centurion’s Faith” Over the course of his three years of ministry, Jesus interacts with many different people. Obviously, religious leaders, fishermen and his disciples; but also...

 

Sermonette: Walking the walk

Christians like to talk a good game. We love to brag about how this is a Christian nation. We champion conservative causes. We claim victories when abortion laws get passed. We’re proud of how in...

 
 By Amy Wobbema    Religion    April 13, 2020

Parishioners celebrate Palm Sunday with a parade

New Rockford church goers took to the streets to celebrate Palm Sunday. Whereas normally church parishioners, often youth, proceed through church...

 

Sermonette: April 13, 2020

These last couple of weeks have been tough for a lot of us. While few (if any) of us have actually been touched by COVID-19, we’ve seen our schedules go up in flames. High school events, church serv...

 

Sermonette: April 6, 2020

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day...

 

Sermonette: March 30, 2020

“I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, . . . then you shall know that I the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.” — (Ezekiel 37:14) There is a lot to unpack in this...

 

Sermonette: March 23, 2020

One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. — John 9:25 Time after time as I have visited with people, I have been told that sometimes an experience is so powerful that it supersedes al...

 

Updates on area church services

Please check back as changes will be updated here regularly. First Lutheran Church New Rockford Pastor Doug Nemitz No services, bible study, SMASH or ABC until further notice. Services are broadcast e...

 

Starke honored for musical contributions

On Sunday, March 1, Joyce (Mrs. Bill) Starke was recognized by the First Congregational Church. She began her musical career when she and her family...

 

Sermonette: March 16, 2020

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! ...

 

Living on Purpose: Keep your face to the sun

We all have problems occasionally and there are times when we feel like we’ve been punched in the gut. I felt like this a couple of months ago when...

 

Sermonette: March 9, 2020

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your...

 

Sermonette: March 2, 2020

“Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the...

 

Sermonette: Feb. 24, 2020

Division. No, I’m not speaking of a function of mathematics. And I am not speaking of a grouping of sports teams that get scheduled to play against each other. Neither am I talking about a large...

 

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