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The Neighborhood Prayer Challenge

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The Church Mobilized When we emerge from this time of quarantine, I wonder what the new normal will look like for us.Many questions come to mind as we think about what our new rhythm of life will look like post-contagion, and as we reboot our jobs or job searches, investment gains and losses, health protocols, and hygiene behaviors, etc. One thing is for sure, a major res...

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Video Update - March 30, 2020

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Hey church! Watch as Pastor Jon Merkling gives us a recap on last week and an encouragement for the week ahead. One thing mentioned in the video is how to stay connected with us on social media. Like, follow or join our pages below: facebook.com/citadelsquareinstagram.com/citadelsquare facebook.com/citadelsquarestudentsinstagram.com/citadelsquarestudents facebook.c...

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Controlling The Chaos

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I've always thought that I perform pretty well under pressure. In fact, during times of trial in the lives of my friends and family, I find myself drawn to the chaos, hoping to make myself useful. This is part of how God made me, but underneath an honorable desire, I am also discovering there is a subtle but powerful temptation. This week, I have read many reflections fro...

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How Do We Worship Online At Home?

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Some Thoughts on How to Worship At Home As we look toward another Sunday of meeting in our homes, we wanted to share a few thoughts on how we can best do this together: Pick a time. The worship guide and pre-recorded sermon video will always be posted online by 8 am on Sunday morning. So pick a time and make that your consistent "service time" each week for as long as ...

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Jesus As A Child

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Jesus As A Child - Matthew 2, Luke 2 Jesus came to earth to do God's plan, and even as a boy, Jesus knew that. Jesus got ready to do what God sent Him to do. God sent Jesus into the world to die on the cross and rescue people from sin. Key Passage "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." - John 1:1 In The (Put hands together b...

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Hope in Hardship: How To Respond Courageously

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"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation,or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,'For your sake we are being killed all the day long;we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.'No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."- Romans 8:35-37 A Time of Distress Does ...

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Sovereign Over Every Season

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A Conversation with My Daughters Me: "Girls, what do you think about this whole Coronavirus situation that is going on all over the world?" Greta: (4 years old) "Well, I miss preschool but really only the playground. Maybe I can go back to school when everyone's fevers, coughs, and stitches feel better." Lola: (7 years old) "I miss my teacher and my friends. And I am re...

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Hard Is Not Bad, But Hard Is Still Hard

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To put it in simplistic terms, this past week has been hard. It has been hard not connecting with my community in person. It has been hard giving up some means of comfort due to stores and restaurants being closed. It has been hard hearing from friends about how this crisis is going to destroy them financially. And for a fast-moving, high output person like me, it has been...

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Video Update - March 23, 2020

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Hey church! Watch as Pastor Steve Lindenmeyer gives us a recap on last week and an encouragement for the week ahead.Regarding the two ways to get involved - see below about the specific ways you can help with our Hispanic Outreach and Charleston Hope. We are praying for you all as we face this crisis together. Please let us know how we can serve you by emailing us, comme...

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A Message To Parents

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Hey Parents! I know that this strange time has been challenging for us all, including our kids. I know many of your kids are already missing their friends and don't quite understand why they're not allowed to go anywhere. Other kids may be viewingthis as an extended break, but soon I thinkthey will struggle with the uncertainty of it all and the reality that things aren't...

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Engaging With Others During This Unique Time

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In the Gospels, Jesus spends time with all kinds of people, and in vastly different contexts. He ministered from the seashore, at the watering well, in the temple courts, and inside the dining rooms of ordinary people's homes. In the last few days, you likely have entered into a unique context, where you are around your families, roommates, or neighbors more frequently. B...

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Jesus Was Dedicated

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Jesus Was Dedicated - Luke 2 God had promised His people that a Savior was coming. When Simeon and Anna saw Jesus, they knew He was the Savior. Jesus came to save people from sin. We can trust Jesus to save us from our sins; and like Simeon and Anna, we get to tell others the good news. Bible Story Video Jesus Was Dedicated(Luke 2) Bible Story Summary Mary and Josep...

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Leaning In and Loving One Another

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We are only a few days into this journey, and if you are like me, you are starting to feel a little constrained by all the new limitations that we are learning to live within. Knowing that we have a long road ahead of us, I am tempted to give in to anxiety and despair. I need you to remind me of God's absolute sovereignty and goodness. The good news is that pressing times...

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Two Reminders of God's Sovereignty

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If you're anything like me, you have been checking the news every five minutes for the last week or more. I'm typically not one who checks things that often, but since the Coronavirus news began to break in the US, I have followed it closely, alternating between local and national news sites, wanting to know more about where it is spreading, what is closing, and what our l...

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Anxiety and the Word of God

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Wow!What a crazy week across the globe.One new phrase introduced to our vocabulary is "social distancing".So how do we interpret this in the context of the church? Social distancing and a healthy church seem to be a contradiction in terms.But as we follow the precautionary measures of our government and health officials, we will strive to reconcile the two. Under the curre...

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A Word From Pastor Steve Heron

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In light of CDC recommendations and direction from our state and city officials,we will not be meeting as a church on Sundays until further notice. All other events will be postponed, and we are also suggesting that our groups don't meet in any formal capacity until we better know how to move forward Our church offices will be closed with our staff working to provide spec...

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