Studies have been done on the integrity of children when no one is looking. For instance, if they are given one marshmallow, but told that if they wait to eat it they will receive two, how many of them will wait? There are certainly many daily circumstances that tempt us to compromise our faith. This final story about Joseph speaks to that very question. What is your faith like when no one is looking? This question helps us in those times when we might be tempted to compromise.
Indeed, there are many temptations, but Jesus says we are to stand strong and not compromise. The result of such devotion is transformation into a new person. That’s a gift of God indeed! Do you hope to have the strength of a renewed way of thinking? We discuss that in worship on Sunday at 10:30. Adult Sunday School classes meet at 9:15 to study the gospel of John and the book of James. Great opportunities for all ages. I can’t wait to see you!
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On November 23, in the worship service Victoria Burnett performs “Healing Hands,” an adaptation of an old African tale called “The River that Gave Gifts.” She hopes to inspire, through storytelling and song, the use of our gifts and talents. This is an interactive performance between Ms. Burnett and the audience and is appropriate for all ages including children, youth, and adults from all walks of life.
Victoria is a nationally recognized storyteller and vocalist and has performed in major churches, corporations, museums and festivals throughout the world and in the US, including the Smithsonian, the Getty Museum, as a featured storyteller at the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, and has sung with the Sacramento Symphony, San Diego Symphony and many others.
We are privileged to have her in Duncanville on November 23. First Presbyterian Church is located at 543 E. Freeman Street, Duncanville, TX 75116. For more information please call the church office at 972 298-3043, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Can you recall a promise that someone made to you? Perhaps it was a simple thing, like, “I promise to let the dog out tonight.” Or maybe it was more serious. Whether small or great, promises are important. Just try breaking one you made to a child.
Christians are “children of the promise.” We are recipients of God’s promise which was first given to Abraham, and continues on to you. The promise is one of blessing, both here in this life, and in the life to come. At the same time, blessing brings responsibility. You are to bless others–in fact, Christians are called to bless all nations. We do this largely through the church. This Sunday is the first commitment Sunday. You will be asked to consider your part in pledge to the church. Together we can pool our resources to make our blessing of others a reality. Sunday School begins at 9:15, and worship at 10:30, with STORYTELLERS Jim & Janet Stahl. Also, practice for the DUNCANVILLE COMMUNITY CHORUS Christmas program begins Sunday night 11/9, at 6-7:30 pm. I’m looking forward to seeing you!
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How do you determine what your children are good at? Do you try different sports? Music? Dance? Is your child a cook or a budding entrepreneur who likes to sell things? Part of good parenting is helping your child develop his skills and talents. What about you? The Bible says there is a strong connection between your gifts and your faith. Joseph was a gifted man and God used his gifts to save many people. God does the same today, too, as you express your faith in your work.
We have just hired a new Youth Director and Jeff Thorpe is using his gifts for God. Not only that, he wants to grow and develop those gifts. You have an opportunity to get to know him, his wife Nyadia and their family this Sunday, at a reception right after worship. You don’t need to bring a thing; just be there! Sunday School is at 9:15 and Worship at 10:30. I can’t wait to see you!
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