Updated Information COVID-19
Posted on March 17th, 2020 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
We continue to update and plan in response to the changes in our communities regarding COVID-19. With the new restrictions closing restaurants and gathering places and the reduction in numbers of those gathered together we will be canceling all in-person gatherings for the next few weeks. We are committed to the safety of our congregation […]
Response to COVID-19
Posted on March 14th, 2020 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
Christ Community is committed to safe practices for worship gatherings. Out of an abundance of caution, our in-person worship gathering on 3/15 is canceled and will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Future gatherings will take place at Windy Hills Winery. See the full text of Pastor Eli’s letter to the congregation below…
What do Lutherans believe about Communion?
Posted on February 8th, 2020 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
Have you ever been to a church and either watched or participated as they celebrate the last supper? Maybe it seemed different than the way you grew up with it, or maybe you have forgotten exactly what it means. As a member of the LCMS, Christ Community practices Communion with a specific set of beliefs. […]
Lent and the Pursuit of Jesus
Posted on March 14th, 2019 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
It has been a while but Pastor Eli has a new blog post to share! Lent can be a challenge. What are the ashes for? Why do people give things up? How long is Lent? Check out the answer to these questions and take the Lent challenge! How is Jesus messing with you? Lent is […]
Eat and be Satisfied
Posted on May 9th, 2017 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
We can spend our whole lives pursuing happiness only to realize that it is forever out of our reach. Pastor Eli talks about satisfaction that truly matters in this CC MINUTE!
Posted on April 7th, 2017 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
“Lord, what is the greatest commandment?” The Disciples asked this of Jesus and we’re talkin’ about His answer in this CC Minute!
My Mistakes, God’s Grace
Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
We all make mistakes that should separate us from the love of God, but here is the good news: the mistakes of my life cannot overcome God’s grace.
Posted on February 3rd, 2017 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
Blessing is really in vogue in our society, but our definition of blessing and God’s definition of blessing have some real differences.
Creating A Humble Spirit
Posted on January 25th, 2017 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
When we experience victory in our lives our tendency is to hold it over the conquered. Our actions as followers of Christ are better reflective of His love when we deal with our neighbors out of the same mercy and compassion that the Father has shown us. Check out this week’s “3 Minute Wednesday” based […]
Whiter Than Snow
Posted on January 18th, 2017 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
Snow covers over everything, making it fresh and pure. God’s covering of our sins does more than just hide them, it washes them away. Check out this week’s “3 Minute Wednesday” as Pastor Eli looks at David’s plea to God in Psalm 51 that he be purged of his sins and created new.
You are my beloved child who brings me great joy.
Posted on January 14th, 2017 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
At Jesus’ baptism, God speaks over him identifying him as one who is not only Son but also a source of great joy. Check out Pastor Eli’s “3 Minute Wednesday” where he talks about our place as children of God.
In The Image of God
Preparing for November 8 by Pastor Eli Thomas I was born the year Jimmy Carter was elected president. I have seen 9 elections in the years since and I cannot recall a time when we approached November 8 with such fear or disgust. It is challenging as a pastor to walk that line between my personal […]
Standing In God’s Glory
Posted on August 23rd, 2016 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
Some thoughts from Pastor Eli following his vacation: Greetings Christ Community! While we had a great time on vacation, it is really good to be home! You were all in my prayers while we were traveling and I am grateful for all who prayed for our safe travels.
Posted on February 15th, 2016 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
I have grown up knowing the third Monday of February as President’s Day. Many of you may recall that at one time it was exclusively the celebration of George Washington’s birthday but in the 1960’s things started changing so that today, very few are even aware that today is still officially recognized as the birthday […]
The Mark of Ashes
Posted on February 5th, 2016 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
I grew up in a fairly traditional Lutheran church. As a child I sang in the choir and as a young adult, I carried the cross at the head of the procession that occurred at the beginning of each service. We wore robes when serving Communion, we stood to sing, knelt to pray, and repeated […]
Angels, Shepherds, and a Baby
Posted on December 17th, 2015 by Eli Thomas in Know Christ
In 1963, Andy Williams released the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Each year when I hear this song I am reminded that the Christmas season is a time that is truly special. I love the decorations, shopping for the perfect gifts, planning and celebrating with family and friends.