How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!

We’ve all come across people in our lives who inspire us, provoking us to “step up.” Learning about the life of Fanny Crosby, one of history’s most prolific hymn writers, has been one of those inspirational people for me. She accomplished more in her first fifteen years than I have...

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Be Mine

In case you haven’t heard, today is Valentine’s Day. I have to admit, this is not one of my favorite ‘holidays.’ I think that started in grade school when we had to make and decorate our Valentine folder where hopefully, all of our classmates would deposit a cute card. I...

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Change in Routine

On my drive to work each morning as I turn onto Coeur d’Alene Avenue from Third Street, I slow my car to observe an interesting group of creatures. On top of the building housed by a fitness business resides a rather large group of seagulls. They perch along the edge...

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From Your Furiously Bailing Brother

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. John 13:20 When we cry out to God for a word of hope, or direction, or consolation – sometimes we hear, sometimes we don’t – but...

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Riders on the Bus

With every election and new president it seems like there comes a wave of hysteria and predictions of the end of America, and humanities imminent demise. But this time around it does seem that things are a little different – more intense, more scary. It seems like some people are...

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Hello, Emily: It’s Me, God!

Do you ever get the feeling that the Lord is trying to reach you, but you’re not really hearing Him? Recently, I thought I could hear God calling out to me, but I wasn’t grasping His message. Many of the daily Bible verses I recently received from www.biblegateway.com were taking...

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Did She Know?

Like most people, one of my favorite things about Christmas is the music. I like the old favorites but it seems like every year I find a new favorite to add to my list. A couple of years ago I heard “Mary Did You Know” for the first time and...

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Behind the Scenes

Four years ago when I was offered the position of Office Manager, I had no idea what really went on “behind the scenes” in a church. Boy, has the past four years been an eye opener for me. I grew up in this church and know so many of you...

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Christmas Blessings

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with too much food, lots of good loot, and family and friends galore. I sure did. In fact, when I finally managed to get up from the dinner table Christmas Day, all I could do was pat my belly and exclaim, “Now...

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Update from Emily Branch

Dear Downtown First Presbyterian family, I am so excited to finally write out this update and fill you in on what has been happening over the past 6 months. There are multiple aspects of life to update on- health, missions, Tacoma happenings, and my current work situation with TEAM. As...

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