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Cowards Like Us?

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever heard of a thing called peer pressure? Well, of course you have. If you are a teenager you have probably heard your parents give a few “hundred” lectures about the subject. If you are a parent, then you have probably given a few of those lectures yourself. So, why are those lectures so important? Why are we so concerned about that subject? Well, I think tha...

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Why Did Jesus Die?

Posted on March 25, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Today marks the beginning of Passion Week, the week of Jesus’ betrayal and crucifixion. It is a week that is a vivid reminder of just how much Jesus loves us and the extent that He was willing to go to in order to rescue, redeem and restore mankind.

Today is also known as Palm Sunday, the day of Jesus’ Triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Now to some this seems a bit confusing, the fac...

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Spring is on the Way

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Yes, in just two ways, spring will be here and I couldn't be happier. 

As I sit here this morning and look out at my freshly mowed lawn (Yes, I broke down and mowed it for the first time yesterday) and I see our cat, still in her winter coat, I am reminded of the changing of the seasons and how they affect us. I, like most people, love the spring. I love the feel ...

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Saying Good-bye to Our Heroes (Part 2)

Posted on February 25, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Last week, as I wrote “Saying Goodbye to our Heroes”, I had no Idea that this week our nation would be saying goodbye to one of the most influential men of the 20th century. Yes, the evangelist Billy Graham has also gone on to his eternal reward. According to throughout his ministry he preached to more than 80 million people (not counting the countless millions h...

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Saying Good-bye to Our Heroes

Posted on February 18, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Death is one of the few certainties in life. It has been said that we live, we pay taxes and we die. Well, if we live, we may or may not pay taxes, but statistics prove that 100 out of every 100 people die and unless the rapture takes place, both we and everybody that we know will die. 

This past week the mother of two of our ladies, an aunt of one of our men, a great missionary ...

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The State of Our Unions

Posted on February 11, 2018 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Last week’s Pastor’s Pen was about the “ The State of the Union” and it was suggested by someone that I should have saved that title until this week as Valentines Day is quickly approaching, and to be perfectly honest they had a really good point. The truth is, the “Union”, that is the Marriage Union, in this country is in really big trouble. But, why? Why have we seen such a decline in marriage, Why are divorce rates so high, even among Chri...

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The State of the Union

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

This past week the President gave his State of the Union Address to Congress. This is a tradition which goes all the way back to the first President of the United States, George Washington. Through the years this address has been given as a speech or as a written document to the members of the Congress of These United States. During the Johnson administration this speech has been shifted to a prime time spot on national TV and of course, in doing so has become a bit more politi...

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Satan???s Dirty Little Secret

Posted on January 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Ready? His secret is…… that he uses the “truth” to deceive. Now I realize that this topic is not new, but none the less it is an important one. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” In fact, in John 8:44 Jesus said of Satan that “ ...He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth i...

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Facing a New Year

Posted on January 7, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

As I sat down this morning I realized that this is the first Sunday of 2018. As I considered that reality, I could not help but think about how quickly 2017 had passed and all the years before as well. Now I realize that I have talked and even preached about the passing of time before, but once again I found myself gripped with the reality of the brevity of life. The scriptures tell us that life is but a “vapor” which quickly passes away. The passage where this is f...

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Saying Goodbye (Our Loss is Heaven's Gain)

Posted on December 24, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This being the last Sunday before Christmas and especially falling on Christmas Eve, I would usually use my Pastor’s Pen to talk about the “real” meaning of Christmas, or about spending time with family and friends during the Holidays. You know, something happy and Christmasy. Well, today, I have chosen to do something just a little bit different. I would like to take this opportunity to honor one of God’s Saints. As I am sure that you all know by now, w...

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The Power of Light (The Truth about Christmas)

Posted on December 17, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Last Sunday morning with temperatures well below freezing,  I looked out and saw the beautiful sunshine glistening upon the wondrous white snow. Later, as I took the dog out for a walk I found that the sky was clear and blue, there was still quite a bite in the air and as I listened, I could hear the water falling from the trees as it was being melted by the sun light. Yes, even with temperatures well below freezing, the sun can still do its job of melting away the snow. B...

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But What If It's Not True?

Posted on December 3, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Last week, after I wrote my Pastor’s Pen I could not help but think about the millions and millions of people who celebrate Christmas each year, but do not believe that it is true. They do not believe that God sent His Son into the world to save us, they do not believe that Jesus is God revealed to us in human flesh, they do not believe that He took our sins upon Himself, died in our place and rose again on the third day. They do not believe, yet they celebrate.

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Countdown to Christmas

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

It seems like every year it’s the same thing. We get Thanksgiving out of the way and the push is own towards Christmas. There are decorations to be hung, parties to be planned, and gifts to be purchased. It is the madding race towards Christmas as we seek to somehow create that perfect “Christmas” experience. But what if things don’t work out? What if there weren’t any Christmas parties? What if there weren't any Christmas decorations? What if ther...

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A Little Spoke in a Big Wheel

Posted on November 5, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

As you know, this past Tuesday marked the 500th anniversary of the iconic moment when a relatively unknown priest nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. No, it was not an act of vandalism, but rather more similar to pinning an announcement to a bulletin board in our day.  And no, from the accounts that I’ve heard, he wasn’t trying to start a revolution. No, he was simply raising some issues (these 95 points) that he felt needed to be discuss...

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Too Much to Write About

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As I thought about things to write about this week, I, of course, considered the shooting in Las Vegas. Such a tragedy. So much death and destruction. So much suffering. So many lives taken senselessly. So many wounded. The physical, mental and emotional damage will take a very long time to heal. Now is the time to pray for the people who have been both directly and indirectly impacted by this shooting, not just merely talk about them. I’m sure that I will have ample time...

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Posted on October 2, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

First of all, I would like to thank each of those who took part in the work day yesterday. I truly appreciate each of you for taking this time out of your busy schedule and being a part. Days like this are not only beneficial to maintaining the facilities, but also beneficial to the church body itself. Working together with a common goal is always a good thing.

The simple truth is, that maintaining the church building and grounds ...

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What is a Shadow?

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you ever heard the expression “He is afraid of his own shadow”? Of course, people usually use that expression to indicate a person who is easily frightened. A person who is afraid of most anything. Well, the reason this expression works is that everyone knows that a shadow cannot hurt you, it only indicates that there is something else there. In this case, the shadow is from the person that is seeing it. So since he is not likely to hurt himself, there is no ne...

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2 x Hurricane  = God???s Judgment ?

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This past week one of our church folk asked me about a post that was going around Facebook. Evidently, Kirk Cameron created quite a bit of controversy with his Facebook post about the two hurricanes hitting the US. In his post he has said that the two hurricanes might be more than a coincidence, that it might be more than “mother nature having a bad day”. Of course, these comments were greeted with a fire storm of ridicule, but the question is, does he have a point?...

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Irma Moves Toward Florida

Posted on September 11, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

As I sit here this morning it is hard to pull myself away from the news reports concerning Hurricane Irma as it steadily moves towards the Florida coastline. This massive storm has already left a path of destruction and death in its wake and now it appears to be heading up Florida’s western coast. It is hard to imagine that just one week ago our nation’s attention was focused upon the folks down in Texas and Louisiana as we held a National Day of prayer for the vict...

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National Day of Prayer

Posted on September 4, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

On September 1st the President declared that today, September the 3rd, is a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts. Within this proclamation he says, “ I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey, including people who have lost family members or been injured, those who have lost homes or other propert...

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