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Cleansed & Clothed

If Christianity isn’t primarily about our performance for God, then what is it about? It’s about substitution. It’s about Jesus being for us what we could never be for ourselves. But what did this substitution involve? If you were to ask many if not most Christians today, “What did Jesus Christ do for you?” there is a good chance they might s...

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Week 17 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #17 Q. What is idolatry?A. Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance...

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Week 16 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #16 Q. What is sin?A. Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference ...

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Week 15 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #15 Q. Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?A. That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful natu...

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Week 14 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #14 Q. Did God create us unable to keep his law?A. No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of ...

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Preaching at Willow Creek, Part 2

Simply stated, a sermon should ultimately be about Jesus Christ. It should be Christ-centered. That’s not to say that a good sermon won’t have a lot to say about you or the world around us. It will, but only in the light of Jesus and His finished work. Today, many sermons are long on you, and short on Jesus. They are filled with moral motivators - the things ...

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Week 13 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #13 Q. Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly? A. Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfe...

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Preaching at Willow Creek, Part 1

Willow Creek Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. We are a Reformed and Presbyterian congregation, one affirming the creeds of historic, orthodox Christianity as well as the Westminster Confession of Faith. As a Reformed and Presbyterian congregation, we believe that the ministry of the Word is central to the mission and ministry of Christ’...

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What is the Grace Encounter Conference?

Willow Creek Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. We are a Reformed and Presbyterian church, one affirming the historic, orthodox creeds of Christianity, as well as the Westminster Confession of Faith. Our partner and co-sponsor for the Grace Encounter Conference, Christian Family Worship Center, is a Full Gospel Baptist church. Needless to say, ...

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Week 12 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #12 Q. What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments? A. Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the tru...

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Week 11 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below:New City Catechism #11Q. What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eighth commandments?A. Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile...

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Join Us for the Grace Encounter Conference!

As you might already know, Pastor Jerry Parries of the Christian Family Worship Center and I, along with our churches, are coming together to host the Grace Encounter Conference (March 15-17, 2017), at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, FL. We’d love for you to be part of this inaugural conference! The Grace Encounter Conference will be a unique gathering. Jer...

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Week 10 | New City Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #10 Q. What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments? A. Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in publi...

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Week 9 | New City Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #9 Q. What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments? A. First, that we know and trust God as the only t...

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Connect Groups at Willow Creek

As some of you know, Drew Taylor, our Director of Children’s Ministries, is completing the ordination process. Soon, as the Lord wills, we’ll be officially calling him Pastor Drew! Keeping pace with his growth and development, the elders are delighted to call Drew as Assistant Pastor of Families and Connections, pending his ordination, at Willow Creek Church. ...

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Week 8 | New City Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below:New City Catechism #8Q. What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?A. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for you...

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Week 7 | New City Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #7 Q. What does the law of God require?A. Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, m...

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Volunteer at the Grace Encounter Conference!

Willow Creek Family: we need you! We're looking for volunteers for our upcoming Grace Encounter Conference, hosted in partnership with Christian Family Worship Center and Pastor Jerry Parries. Volunteer spaces are limited so sign up soon! Once we confirm your spot, you'll be able to attend the conference for free! Apply to be a Grace Encounter Conference volunteer here...

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What is Christianity Ultimately About? Part 1

If you were to ask many people today “What is Christianity?” they would probably say something along the lines of “getting right with God.” And by “getting right with God” they would mean some sort of moral performance – thinking the right things, saying the right things, and doing the right things. Christianity, to many people in ...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek - February 5, 2017!

Want to know what's happening this Sunday at Willow Creek Church? You can view our latest email update here! Not getting weekly emails from Willow Creek Church? Sign up here!...

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An Invitation to the Grace Encounter Conference

Dear Friends: It’s very easy to view our nation’s current ideological and cultural divisions as occasions for hopelessness, not opportunities for healing. The seemingly endless stream of bad news flowing over social media and through our televisions threatens to overwhelm us like a torrent. Mean-spirited and polarizing rhetoric pushes at us like waves and pul...

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Steve Brown to Preach at Willow Creek on February 12th!

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Steve Brown to the pulpit of Willow Creek Church several times a year. His next visit with us will be on Sunday, February 12th! Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us. Willow Creek Church worships at 10AM every Sunday.  About Dr. Steve Brown Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Received a B.A. in Philosophy an...

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Week 5 | New City Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #5 Q. What else did God create?A. God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flou...

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Discover Resource | Overview of the Old Testament

DISCOVER is our guest welcome class at Willow Creek Church! This past Sunday, during DISCOVER, we completed an overview of the Old Testament. As promised, here is a brief video review of some of the events we discussed.  ...

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Giving to Willow Creek Church

We're excited! Our elders held their annual planning retreat this past weekend. It was an encouraging time of prayerful planning. We're excited about God's plans for us in 2017! Opportunities abound! Thank you for your generosity! God's faithfulness through your generosity keeps us moving toward the fuller realization of God's plans for Willow Creek Church. Thank you for ...

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Week 3 | New City Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below:New City Catechism #3Q. How many persons are there in God?A. There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spi...

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Join us for Scout Sunday on February 5th!

The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. With that in mind, Willow Creek Church will observe Scout Sunday during worship on February 5th (10AM). Several of our scouts will assist in worship, servin...

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Pastor Jerry Parries to Preach at Willow Creek on February 26!

Pastor Jerry Q. Parries is a dynamic leader with an ability to present God’s Word with encouragement and empowerment. Ordained under the leadership of Bishop Paul S Morton, he delivers God’s truth with an exceptional blend of inspiration, humor, and promotion of love. Along with me, Pastor Jerry will be hosting the Grace Encounter Conference at Willow Creek Ch...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! God's blessings to you and yours as we enter 2017 together! It's the start of a new year at Willow Creek Church! We love you and are exceedingly grateful that God led you to Willow Creek! Thank you for being a part of our church family! Please join me in earnest prayer for our ministry in 2017! Exciting opportunities abound - opportunities to invite all ...

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Week 1 | New City Catechism and Scripture

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #1 Q. What is our only hope in life and death?A. That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to ...

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The Failure of Adam, the Faithfulness of Jesus - Part 1

This winter, we’re offering an expanded version of DISCOVER, our guest welcome class. It’s been pure joy to welcome many more people to this gathering, some new to Willow Creek and others long time members and friends - some even from the early “storefront” days of our church. DISCOVER begins with an overview of the Christian faith and the good new...

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The Failure of Adam, the Faithfulness of Jesus - Part 2

The first part of this two part series described how Adam (and Eve with him) disobeyed the entire moral law of God by eating “forbidden fruit” from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This sin brought the curse of God’s covenant upon them, ushering humanity into an estate of sin and misery. The writer of Genesis describes this act of disobedience ...

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Sermon Review | The Highest: Renewing Your Strength, Part I

If you were to ask many people today “What is Christianity?” they would probably say something along the lines of “getting right with God.” And by “getting right with God” they would mean some sort of moral performance - thinking the right things, saying the right things, and doing the right things. Christianity, to many people in our cu...

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Recommended | The Heidelcast

This week, I'd like to recommend one of my favorite theology podcasts: the Heidelcast.  Who is Dr. R. Scott Clark?* Dr. Clark was educated at the University of Nebraska (BA), Westminster Seminary California (MDiv), and St Anne’s College, Oxford University (DPhil). He was a minister in the Reformed Church in the United States (1988–1998) and has been a mi...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek! (12/18/2016)

Would you like to know what's scheduled for Sunday morning? Be sure to sign up for my weekly email! Click here to do so! So that you don't miss a thing, here is the email from this week!...

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Week 50 | Scripture and Catechism

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #49Q. What does Christ's resurrection mean for us?A. Christ triumphed over sin and death by being physically resurrected, so that all...

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Sermon Review | The Highest: Renewing Your Mind

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,”Romans 12:2a My grandmother was a great cook. Every holiday, we looked forward to elaborate feasts. At Easter, we would celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with hot cross buns, ham with pineapple glaze, and other delectable traditions. At the center of our feast table sat anoth...

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Meet David McCulloch, Ministry Apprentice

We're so excited and grateful to welcome two new ministry apprentices to Willow Creek Church. Last week, we introduced you to Benjamin Schultz. This week, allow me to introduce my old friend from Pittsburgh, David McCulloch. David was part of my youth ministry years ago, and I could not be more thankful to God for leading him, his wife, and daughters to Willow Creek. ...

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Christmas Eve Offering | Deacon Fund

Every Christmas Eve, we take a special offering in our worship services, with all funds going toward our Deacon Fund. Through the Deacon Fund, our deacons are able to assist needy families in our church and community, offering material assistance and spiritual encouragement. Join us for worship on Christmas Eve at either 3PM or 5PM, and look for the special offering envel...

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Meet Ben Schultz, Willow Creek Ministry Apprentice

Hey there, my name is Benjamin Schultz! My wife Heather and I moved from Tampa so that I could attend Reformed Theological Seminary here in Orlando. I was raised in the church and accepted the grace of God at an early age. I was homeschooled K-12 and played hockey for Brandon High School. I then graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Philosophy and ...

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Statement Regarding Tullian Tchividjian

We are deeply grieved by these latest allegations, and have profound gratitude for the courageous individuals who shared them, as well as those who worked tirelessly to chronicle their stories. I read their accounts multiple times through tears. My prayer is that they will receive the necessary care to move forward, and toward that end we continue to offer earnest prayers ...

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Steve Brown Preaches December 4th!

Join us on Sunday, December 4th (10AM), for our own beloved teacher and professor, Steve Brown! Steve will preach this second Sunday of Advent, and it's always a joy to welcome him.  After teaching practical ministry courses for almost two decades, Dr. Steve Brown retired from RTS and remains Emeritus Professor of Preaching. Dr. Brown served as the senior pastor of ...

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Christian HELP Dove Tree

When I was a kid, growing up in the Rust Belt, we had a few "lean" times. One year, Christmas was especially difficult. We didn't anticipate too many presents under the tree.  What an amazing surprise when, returning home from Christmas Eve worship, we found two bags full of gifts from anonymous friends waiting on our front porch! It was an amazing blessing, and a te...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek - November 20, 2016!

We can't wait to see you tomorrow!Join us at 10:00AM for worship! We will conclude the first part of our series in Acts! November is the month when churches around the world set aside a special time to remember their persecuted sisters and brothers in prayer. We'll take time to do so tomorrow, looking at the conversion of Saul - one of the earliest persecutors of the Chur...

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New Sunday Seminar - DISCOVER 2.0

For the past few years, we’ve offered a Sunday seminar for those new and newer to Willow Creek. We first called it FUSION, but then later rebranded to its present name: DISCOVER. DISCOVER has been a very popular opportunity for our guests to discover and deepen their relationship with Jesus and the Willow Creek Church family. Some have even attended multiple times, ...

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Week of November 13, 2016 | Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #46Q. What is the Lord's Supper?A. Christ commanded all Christians to eat bread and to drink from the cup in thankful remembrance of ...

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The ONE Who Is Making Us One

Yesterday was a special day in the life of Willow Creek Church. We welcomed Pastor Jerry Parries of the Christian Family Worship Center to our pulpit. And what an amazing message we received from the Lord through his messenger! As you might already know, Jerry and I, along with our churches, are coming together to host the Grace Encounter Conference (March 15-17, 2017), r...

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REGISTER NOW! Grace Encounter Conference!

Hey! My friend, Jerry Q Parries, and I are coming together with our congregations to host a celebration of the grace of God in early 2017! I would LOVE FOR YOU TO JOIN US! Jerry and I are different in some respects, and so are our congregations. However, we believe that what unites us is infinitely greater than whatever might differentiate us: the grace of God in the gospe...

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Week of October 16, 2016 | Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below: New City Catechism #42 Q. How is the Word of God to be read and heard?  A. With diligence, preparation, and prayer; so that we may accept it with fait...

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Sermon Review - Advancing through Adversity (10/9/2016)

One of the marks of the early Christian Church was its unity. Several times in Luke’s account of the gospel’s spread (i.e. the book of Acts), he notes that Jerusalem’s first century believers were united in love for God and one another. It was a beautiful thing, but it had an ugly and at least somewhat unexpected consequence. Peace with God and one anothe...

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Week of October 2, 2016 | Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below:New City Catechism #40Q. Why should we pray?The whole Word of God directs and inspires us in what we should pray, including the prayer Jesus himself taught us....

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Week of October 9, 2016 | Catechism and Scripture Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below:New City Catechism #41Q. What is the Lord's Prayer?A. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, 
your will be done, on earth as it is i...

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Hurricane Matthew Post Storm Update

Following Hurricane Matthew's departure from our region, we wanted to pass along two quick updates. First, Willow Creek Church will hold Sunday morning worship services as scheduled:10:00AM | Worship9:00AM | Sunday GatheringsSecond, if you or your family requires assistance following Hurricane Matthew, please contact me at klabby@willowcreekchurch.org. My assistant, Kelly ...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek!

We have a wonderful Sunday morning of worship planned! Click here to read our weekly email and find out all about it!...

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We Have a Brand New App!

We just launched our brand new app! That's right - Willow Creek Church of Winter Springs, FL now has an app for your smartphone available on the App Store and Google Play. Visit either to download the Willow Creek PCA app.  You can now complete your weekly Connect Card, read your Bible, forward prayer requests, visit our Facebook page, listen to sermons, watch sermon...

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Week of September 25, 2016 | Catechism and Bible Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week's Q&A, memory verse, and explanatory video are below:New City Catechism #39Q. With what attitude should we pray?A. With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God's will, knowing that, for ...

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Current Sunday Seminars at Willow Creek!

Willow Creek offers Sunday morning gatherings for all ages at 9AM, with worship following at 10AM. Right now, we have two great offerings for adults and high school students. In the video below, I talk with Curt Moore, our Pastor of Discipleship, about them.   ...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek!

We have a great Sunday planned for the Willow Creek Church family! Click here to read our weekly email!...

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Don't miss #GraceEncounter2017 in Orlando, March 15-17th!

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Your Generosity Makes a Difference!

Hello, Willow Creek Family!First, I want to thank you for your continued and generous support of the ministry at Willow Creek Church. There are many exciting things happening in our congregation, and through our congregation.Whether it's our disaster relief team heading to Louisiana this weekend, our partners at True Life Choice opening up a new facility in Orlando, our fr...

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Willow Creek Church Ministry Apprenticeship

Are you training for ministry? Let us help you!Willow Creek Church is so privileged to have a geographically and ministerially close relationship with the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS). Over the years, many of our members and friends have attended and even graduated from RTS-Orlando. Some RTS professors and staff even call Willow Creek their church ...

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Week of September 11, 2016 | Catechism and Bible Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week’s Q&A addresses a little bit of what we believe about the Holy Spirit. New City Catechism #37 Q. How does the Holy Spirit help us? A. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us...

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We're Off! Our New Sermon Series Is Underway!

I'll admit it. Sometimes, I struggle with doubt.Sometimes, I’m tempted to believe that some people are off limits to the power of God. They’re too hardened. They’re too militant in their opposition to even the idea of God and things of faith. They’re too resistant to ever respond. Can God's love transform even them? Theologically, I know what I...

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This Sunday at Willow Creek!

Hello, Willow Creek Family!I hope you’re planning to join us for our fall kick-off Sunday at Willow Creek this weekend, September 11, 2016. We have a great slate of things planned for the entire church family. You won’t want to miss it.9:00AMGATHERINGSOur Sunday gatherings for all ages begin again this Sunday. We have the following available for you:NurseryWill...

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September Partner Spotlight | Sterling Park Elementary

Willow Creek Church is committed to declaring and demonstrating the liberating power of the gospel, inviting everyone to discover and deepen their relationship with Jesus. One of the ways we express this commitment is by coming alongside organizations to promote the flourishing of our communities. This month, our featured partnership is with the food pantry of n...

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Week of September 4, 2016 | PK's Sermon Note

On Sunday, I shared a story from a wonderful book entitled, Mission without Conquest: An Alternative Missionary Practice. It described a man from the Argentine Chaco region, one who came to faith through the peaceful efforts of some Mennonite missionaries during the 20th century. Along with many of his people, he became a follower of Jesus.We recounted that as this discipl...

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Week of September 4, 2016 | Catechism and Bible Memory

Every week, our worship bulletin includes a Q&A from the New City Catechism, along with a supporting Bible verse that we invite you to memorize. This week’s Q&A addresses a little bit of what we believe about the Holy Spirit.New City Catechism #36Q. What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God gr...

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Join Us for the RAPID Bowl-a-Thon!

As some of you know, Willow Creek Church enjoys a special partnership with an organization called RAPID, or Reliable Advocacy for People with Intellectual Disabilities. RAPID clients spend several hours at Willow Creek throughout the week, enjoying classes, special activities, service projects, and more. Through this relationship, some RAPID individuals and families have g...

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Exciting News from True Life Choice

One of our ministry partners, True Life Choice and Choices Women's Clinic, is experiencing remarkable growth and fruitfulness. By God's grace, they're now realizing one of their greatest strategic aims: moving into their new headquarters. Here is a note from them: We are thrilled to announce BIG news that the Lord has provided for us immeasurably more than we could ask or...

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Sterling Park Food Pantry

Great news! We met with a representative of the Sterling Park Elementary PTA earlier today. She reported that the food pantry at Sterling Park was able to provide assistance for children over the summer, and even has some starter funds available for this school year, because of your generosity last school year! Thank you!We will continue our food pantry partnership this ye...

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The Lights Are On and the Pressure Is Off

I hate paying bills. It’s not spending the money. It’s the administrative act of paying bills. I hate getting the envelope. I hate opening it. I hate unfolding the papers inside. I hate reading and reviewing the itemized charges. I hate getting out my checkbook; filling a check out by hand (what is this, 1876?); tearing the check out of the book; tucking it in...

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Seeking Some Shalom, Here and Now

The gospel is not only good news for individuals. It’s not only good news for their souls. It’s good news for every aspect of the cosmos and every dimension of our humanity, spiritual and physical. Through Jesus Christ, God is reconciling all things to himself, things of the spirit and heaven and things of the physical and of earth (Colossians 1:19-20). He is m...

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It's a New School Year! Pray and Serve!

As residents of Seminole County, we are very blessed to have so many great teachers, schools, and other educational opportunities for our children. Within a stone’s throw of Willow Creek Church, we have scores of “A” rated public elementary, middle, and senior high schools. We have private Christian schools like the Geneva School, the Master’s Acade...

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Pray for Our Team and Friends in Oaxaca

Willow Creek Church enjoys a longstanding, fruitful, and warm partnership with our friends at Armonia - a multifaceted ministry to the poor of Mexico promoting Christian transformation, empowerment, and a better life. You can learn more about Armonia's ministry here. This week, our team will be visiting students in Armonia's AIMS program. From the Armonia website:Started ...

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Certain Comfort for Uncertain Times

Is it just me or is there an almost tangible sense of uncertainty out there? Many have the sense that our world is changing not only in profound ways, but also at a very hectic pace. It can be very disorienting, leaving people feeling a variety of things - from anger to apathy, from adrenaline to angst.  I read yesterday that there is now one ISIS attack in Euro...

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An Invitation to Prayer

Friends -Like many of you, I am in a mixture of shock, disbelief, and sadness over the shootings at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. Early this morning, many of our neighbors, people created in the image of God, were murdered or critically injured.We must stand against hatred and violence. Jesus taught us to love our neighbors, even our enemies, as ourselves. As Christians...

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The Gallery at Willow Creek: Faye Tambrino

The purpose of The Gallery at Willow Creek is to praise God, share His followers talents, and enrich and inspire the cultural life of Willow Creek Church and the community. We are so thankful to Jeff Leimbach and others for their tremendous work in orchestrating and launching this new offering! Our second exhibit features the beautiful work of our own Faye Tambrino! Fay...

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An Invitation to the Men of Willow Creek

Dear Willow Creek Men - I know you’re busy. I know that you have a ton to do. I know that, after a long day of work or other obligations, the last thing you might want to endure is another meeting or take on another obligation. I get that. However, I also know that your soul needs refreshment. You need rest. You need constant reminders that God is for you, not agai...

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Ministry Highlight: MOPS at Willow Creek!

This Sunday, we’re going to take a few moments to highlight one of the best ministries of Willow Creek Church: Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)!What is MOPS? Great question! MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers…We believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s wh...

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Five Steps for Welcoming Guests to Willow Creek

Two Sundays ago, we had a brief luncheon meeting with all of our guest care ministry staff. Our greeters, ushers, Crossroads Cafe staff, and Walking Tall team members gathered with others to walk through our guest welcome process - something we've developed by adapting insights from Nelson Searcey's great book, Fusion: Turning First Time Guests into Fully-engaged Members o...

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It's a Key Life Grace Party at Willow Creek!

Hosted by Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, FL, come celebrate the launch of Steve Brown's new book, "Hidden Agendas" and Executive Producer, Erik Guzman's first book, "The Seed". Willow Creek ChurchFriday, May 20th7:30PM Join our friends Buddy Greene and Dave Dillard, Peculiar People (Charlie & Ruth Jones), Josh Bales, The Steve Brown, Etc. team and more for ...

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The Gallery at Willow Creek

We now have some beautiful artwork adorning the main corridor just outside our Worship Center. The purpose of The Gallery at Willow Creek is to praise God, share His followers talents, and enrich and inspire the cultural life of Willow Creek Church and the community. We are so thankful to Jeff Leimbach and others for their tremendous work in orchestrating and launching thi...

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PK's Daily Devotional - Ephesians 1:3-4

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Today’s passage is Ephesians 1:3-4. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.   The human author of these divine words, the Apostle Paul, once h...

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PK's Daily Devotional - Ephesians 1:1-2

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Today’s passage is Ephesians 1:1-2. 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful[a] in Christ Jesus:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   The Apostle Paul was not always an apostle of Jesus Christ, nor was he always named Paul. Formerly, he was known as Saul, a...

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The Dead Ends of Religion and Irreligion

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     What gives us a sense of significance? What provides security? What will ultimately satisfy us? How can we enjoy peace of conscience? Why do we do what we do? What does our activity ultimately accomplish? Who are we, really? These are profound questions. They’re some of the ultimate questions of our existence. Are we left alone to ...

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Volunteer at Christ Hold Fast!

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Everyone! Join me, Kelly Hinkle, Curt Moore, Drew Taylor, Sabrina Beasley, Jeff Smith, and other members of the Willow Creek staff as we help host the Christ Hold Fast Conference (February 18-20, 2016)! You can volunteer by signing up for a spot here! Volunteers get free access to the conference. We would love to have as many of the Willow Creek family enjoy and cont...

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Observing Lent at Willow Creek Church

The Lenten season is almost upon us! Today, we typically plan our days around the seasons, school calendars, and a mixture of both sacred holidays and secular observances. Not so for the early Christians. They organized their calendars around the redemptive work of Christ. This approach to the calendar lives on today in popular observances like the four-week Advent sea...

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Willow Creek Church Picnic

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Save the Date!  Our annual Willow Creek Church Picnic is right around the corner, on Palm Sunday - March 20th! We'll gather again at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs. Make plans to worship with us that morning, and then come out to the park for delicious food and fun fellowship. It's going to be great! More information coming soon! Mark your calendar!...

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Willow Creek's Solar Bears Hockey Night!

Join me and a great group from Willow Creek for a night of hockey and fun at the Orlando Solar Bears game on February 26th! We're just going to meet up at the game, and enjoy it together. No fuss, no muss - just a simple night out together.  If you want to join us, click here to register! Once you've paid, we'll forward your ticket to you!  ...

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Willow Creek is partnering with New City Parramore!

Willow Creek and New City Parramore from Willow Creek Church on Vimeo. What a great privilege to partner with a growing church plant in the Parramore community of Orlando - New City Parramore, led by Pastor Eric Stites.  In this brief video, our Director of Children's Ministries, Drew Taylor, shares about an exciting opportunity for members and friends of Willow C...

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Christ Hold Fast Conference - Volunteers Needed!

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Willow Creek is pleased to host the upcoming Christ Hold Fast Conference, February 18-20, 2016! And we need your help!  Registered volunteers who fill a time slot are able to attend the conference free of charge! Grab a spot, help us offer an exciting event, and then enjoy some or all of the conference with us. You can see and register for one of the many ministry op...

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Women's Ministry Leadership Team

At Willow Creek, we're gradually building a women's ministry leadership team to help oversee the strengthening of our ministry to women of all ages, as well as to serve alongside our elders and deacons in caring for our church family. This team will help us offer great studies, times of fellowship, better integration with existing ministries (for instance, MOPS - Mothers o...

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Officer Nomination and Election Process

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On Sunday, February 7th, Willow Creek Church will elect its newest class of officers - specifically, elders and deacons. You might be wondering how a church like Willow Creek equips and entrusts its ordained leadership. Here is a brief outline of the process. Nomination Every year, Willow Creek will accept nominations for new elder and deacon candidates. All nominees wil...

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Willow Creek 201 | Discover Spiritual Growth

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We're building four introductory Sunday morning seminars for those new and newer to Willow Creek Church, maybe even to the Christian faith. The first of these is called Willow Creek 101: Discover Willow Creek. We used to call this gathering "Fusion." It serves as a sort of guest orientation, while also equipping those who attend to make an informed decision concerning chu...

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Christ Hold Fast Conference coming to Willow Creek!

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Next month, Willow Creek Church will host the Christ Hold Fast Conference. This excellent gathering will feature our friends Steve Brown, Elyse Fitpatrick, Jessica Thompson, David Zahl, and many more - all devoted to the glorious and scandalous news of God’s grace to prodigals. It’s going to be a great time! I’d love to see as many Willow Creek members a...

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Making Willow Creek Your Church Home

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One of my hopes when coming to Willow Creek Church three years ago was to help build what I called a “clearly lit pathway” to connection at Willow Creek. My desire was to have our guests arrive on Sunday morning and always know the “next step” en route to membership and then consistent, grace-fueled and grace-multiplying connection. We still have wo...

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PK Recommends: "Saving Grace: Daily Devotions from Jack Miller"

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I had a meeting yesterday with two friends. Over coffee, we talked about the gospel and how desperately our exhausted world needs the good news of God's inexhaustible grace. More specifically, we spoke about how easily we can forget the newsness of life that is now ours in Christ by grace. We default to living in fear, out of our former identity - rather than resting in ou...

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"Live Connect" This Sunday!

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Connecting with others in a small group is one of the very best ways to experience the love and joy of being part of your church family. We encourage all members and friends of Willow Creek to join a Connect Group. This Sunday, January 17th, Pastor Curt and his team will offer a “Live Connect” event in our gymnasium. It will meet from 9:30-10:45AM. Anyone int...

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Michael Horton on Observing Lent

The following is an excerpt from an article appearing in Christianity Today entitled, Lent: Why Bother? (February 2010). It is by theologian Michael Horton. He provides a helpful explanation of the practice and possible benefit of Lenten observance within the Church, even a Presbyterian and Reformed congregation like Willow Creek.   While Israel's neighbors...

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Free to Be Real

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Several years ago, I crashed a wedding reception with two friends of mine. One was invited. Two of us weren’t. We decided that it would be fun to road trip to the wedding together, and then even more adventurous to crash the reception following. It was a grand affair at a country club of some sort. Lots of food. Lots of beverage. Lots of dancing. I dare say, we had ...

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Sermon Scribbles - January 10, 2016

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Every Sunday, we provide Sermon Scribbles for elementary-aged school children to use during worship. These provide a basic guide to the sermon, as well as a sheet where they can draw and write down notes from the morning message.  You can access this Sunday's copy here. ...

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Sermon Preview for Sunday, January 10th

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This Sunday, we'll be looking at one of the most familiar and often-quoted passages of Scripture. It's found in John 8:1-11, and features a woman caught in adultery.  The prevailing religious leaders have all made up their mind concerning Jesus. They’ve openly wondered if he’s possessed by a demon. They consider him a false teacher. They’re scheming...

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What is Epiphany?

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Today, January 6th, marks Epiphany on the Christian liturgical calendar. Our Roman Catholic and Orthodox friends are familiar with this day of celebration, but we Reformed Protestants are usually less so. The following is a brief description of the day from Joan Huyser-Honig at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: In Christian tradition, Epiphany marks the miraculou...

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PK Recommends: "Do More Better" by Tim Challies

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A while ago, Tim Challies wrote an excellent resource on the theology and practice of personal organization. I recommend it. You can grab a copy here for your Kindle for $5.99. Keep in mind that you can also download a free Kindle reader for your computer or mobile device. Although this time of the year occasions the launch and reinvigoration of many self-salvation projec...

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Sermon Scribbles - December 20, 2015

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With our return to two services on Sunday morning, we're also returning to the use of Sermon Scribbles for older children during our 8:30AM worship service. Here is a copy of the Sermon Scribble for December 20, 2015. ...

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Jesus and the Jelly of the Month Club

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I love National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Love it. I’ve seen it over 100 times. It never gets old. I watch it and laugh and laugh and laugh. Then I rewind it and laugh some more. One reason that I love it so much is the almost indomitable optimism of Clark W. Griswold. Standing like a lone poinsettia before a fireplace of cynical relatives, self-absorbed n...

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2015 Greater and Refinance End-of-the-year Update

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Willow Creek Church has grown over the years. This necessitated a series of facility expansions. From member homes to a local storefront to a modest building on East Lake Drive to our present multi-building campus, God's been gracious through your faithful giving to expand our presence in Winter Springs and its surrounding communities.  Our goal now is to get free of...

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Back to Two Worship Services!

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On Sunday, we returned to a two service schedule on Sunday mornings. I loved it. For one, the attendance at our early service was way higher than I expected. That was very encouraging. It’s nice to see people willing to worship bright and early! That, along with everyone’s willingness to be seated in the two center sections of pews, maintained a warm, personal...

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Christ Frees Us to Dare, Not Just Do

When is the last time that you dared something great? Note that I didn’t ask when you tried to do something great. I want to know when you dared something great. Daring is more than doing. Dare involves risk. It invites danger. It threatens loss. Dare lays our pride on the altar, above the threatening flames of potential embarrassment, even humiliation. In short,...

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Christmas is for Ragamuffins - Our Advent Sermon Series

Join us for Advent at Willow Creek Church! It starts on Sunday, November 29th, and continues all the way through Christmas Eve, December 24th. Here is the worship and sermon schedule: November 29th (First Sunday of Advent) 10:00AM WorshipChristmas is for Ragamuffins: Zechariah and ElizabethLuke 1:5-25Kevin Labby, Senior Pastor December 6th (Second Sunday of Advent) ...

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Steve Brown Preaching December 6th

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We're so thrilled to have Steve Brown preach on Sunday morning, December 6th, at both our 8:30AM and 11:00AM worship services. Steve will be preaching the second message in our Advent series, Christmas is for Ragamuffins. He'll be sharing about Mary, the mother of Jesus. You're not going to want to miss this.  About Steve Brown Steve Brown is a radio broadcaste...

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Advent Devotional by Paul Tripp

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The Advent season is upon us (November 29th - December 24)! What is Advent? Great question! Here's an excellent answer from the Worship Sourcebook (Second Edition): "The season of Advent, a season of waiting, is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions—past, present, and future. In Advent we hear the prophecies of the Messiah's coming as addressed...

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Dessert Fellowship Fact Sheet

Hello, Willow Creek Church Family! On the past two Tuesday evenings, I’ve enjoyed dessert with some members and friends of Willow Creek Church. We’ve shared some important information, answered questions, and prayed for our ministry together. It’s been great! Since I know that not all of you were able to attend, I put this little fact sheet together to...

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Two service worship schedule begins December 6th, 2015!

As we shared earlier this year, we’ll be returning to two Sunday morning worship services during the Advent season. Beginning on Sunday, December 6th, our schedule will be: 8:30AM – Worship I9:45AM – Sunday Gatherings for all ages11:00AM – Worship II* * Children’s Worship Service for grades K-5th grade offered during 11:00AM service, beginni...

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The Gospel Doxology at Willow Creek

For the past several weeks, we've closed the opening musical portion of our service with the "Gospel Doxology." We plan to continue this for the foreseeable future, and so wanted to explain a little bit of the reason why.  Lyrics Your perfect Law exposes meI feel my sin and desperate needMy best good works are powerlessTo satisfy Your righteousness But there is One...

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An Apology and Clarification

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in the Lord – First, I want to apologize for creating confusion regarding the nature of Tullian Tchividjian’s employment at Willow Creek Church through a poorly chosen title for his position. That fault rests squarely with me. Please forgive me. We will be choosing another in due time, one better reflecting his limited role with ...

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Why I Like Being "One of" the Pastors at Willow Creek

I like to introduce myself as “one of the pastors of Willow Creek Church.” Even though I am uniquely privileged to hold the title of “senior pastor,” I don’t see myself as the true senior pastor of Willow Creek Church. I’ve learned over the years that I can’t bear the weight of that title and responsibility. Only Christ can.Our wor...

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Kaitlin's Legacy and Willow Creek Church

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As many of you know, I recently had the privilege of traveling to Uganda and Kenya with Compassion International. I got to see their work in those lands first hand, learning how Compassion is releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. It was an amazing trip. Next month, I plan to share a bit more about the experience as we host something called the Compassion E...

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