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"Supremacy in Christ"Stuart JonesPaul Carrier, who was a minister at First Christian Church during the 1960s, passed away recently. Paul was a forward-thinking church leader. He understood the importance of people making connections within the church. Recently much has been said about this topic and we are very pleased with how many people are joining life groups. Over 30 years ago, Paul returned to FCC for a revival. His sermon theme was “Alienation”. He noted the societal trend where people were becoming more mobile. He predicted that as people became less connected to families and places they would become more alienated. Since people were never meant to be left alone, they would seek ways to connect. If you question Paul’s prediction, think about Facebook. But personal relationships are only the tip of the alienation iceberg. Alienation from God is a far greater problem. And it’s nothing new. Another man named Paul wrote about alienation in his letter to the Colossians. “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” (Colossians 1:21 NIV) Christ did what no one else could do—not the greatest preacher or even the most successful internet mogul. “Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence.”  (Colossians 1:22 MSG) We reconnect with God and connect with each other through the power and authority of Jesus Christ.