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Hypocrisy

  This fall at ACC, we are studying the New Testament book of Galatians. In Galatians 2:11-21, the Apostle Paul discusses his response to something heart-breaking that took place in the early church. As the gospel spread throughout the world, it moved from its original monocultural context in Jerusalem into more multicultural settings in the Greek-speaking world. As...

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Life is Short

I began tutoring Louis* at the Variety Boys and Girls Club during the spring of 2016.  What a joy it has been to watch him grow and progress academically, socially and spiritually in the last 1 ½ years!  He didn’t know his multiplication tables in the beginning, and now he knows them almost perfectly.  His writing and spelling have consistently ...

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NOMINATION PROCESS FOR PROSPECTIVE CHURCH LEADERS

  Until the end of September 2017, the ACC Session will be receiving nominations for potential new elders and potential new members of the Diaconal Ministry. Nominees for these positions will be invited to participate in a thorough training program. They will also be interviewed carefully by the Session before being presented to the congregation for approval to mini...

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

  Church, We wanted to provide some avenues through which you can help the people in Texas and Louisiana: MNA Disaster Relief - This is our denominational arm that deals with disaster relief Christ Church (PCA) - This is a PCA church in Houston that's on the ground helping City Church Houston (PCA) - This is a PCA church in Houston that's on the ground hel...

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Faith Alone

  500 years ago, this fall, a Roman Catholic priest, named Martin Luther, produced a list of theological statements that addressed doctrinal concerns facing the church of his day. He reportedly posted the list on the door of a prominent church in Wittenberg, Germany to make its contents available to the public. Translations of Luther’s famous “95 Theses&r...

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Vacation Bible Club Recap - 2017

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We walked into Dutch Kills playground that first day not knowing if any kids and parents would join us.  We left Friday evening knowing that 170 children and many parents/adults heard the Good News of the saving work of Jesus Christ!  Each evening we sang songs, listened to a Biblical Character share the Gospel, helped anywhere from 40-75 kids make a craft relate...

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Genesis: In the beginning

I know several individuals who have had their DNA analyzed by genetic testing services. It is fascinating to hear them report the findings – the ethnic and regional backgrounds of their long-forgotten ancestors. Some of the results are predictable; some are unexpected. (My daughters were surprised to learn they have Jewish roots.) It’s easy to understand why pe...

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Why I Volunteer

  There is something about the prospect of volunteering that can be intimidating. It’s a commitment, yes, yet also an infringement.  Here I am, whoever and whatever I am, going to you, whoever and whatever you are, and deciding to share. I will share myself, and you, perhaps unaware of the connection that this transaction entails, will receive, willingly o...

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Pentecost Sunday

  We celebrate Pentecost this Sunday. The day of Pentecost came ten days after Jesus' ascension into heaven and fifty days after his resurrection, during the Jewish festival known as the Feast of Weeks, when people from many nations returned to Jerusalem. It is connected to and fulfills the worship of the Old Testament, when God commanded his people to celebrate the ...

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Deliver Us

  The final petition of the Lord’s Prayer is, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” The Heidelberg Catechism teaches that, in praying this part of the Lord’s Prayer, we are saying, “By ourselves we are too weak to hold our own even for a moment.  And our sworn enemies— the devil, the world, and our...

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