A Little Bit of Heaven

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December 24, 2017. Where is Jesus now? How can we trust in him if we can’t see him? In her sermon this Christmas Eve, Pastor Penny tells us that indeed we can see Jesus. He shows us a little bit of Heaven very quietly, sometimes only one or two people at a time. In this season of gift giving, we stop to celebrate the real gift we’ve been given: the joy, forgiveness, and life we have through Christ.

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