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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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Thank-you!

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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War Against Statues

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As I sit here this morning considering my subject for today, I could not help thinking about the events of this past week and the media coverage. Of course, we are all familiar with the events which took place this past weekend in Charlottesville. Then on Monday night a statue of a Confederate soldier, which had been erected more than a hundred years ago, was destroyed as a result of a protest, which had been taking place in Durham. In Baltimore, under cover of night, the city ...

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Two are Better than One

Posted on August 13, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

     In the book of Genesis we find the story of the origin of man. The Bible tells us that “... the Lord God formed man out of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7 NASB) Then God took the man, whom He had created, and placed him in a garden and He gave the man a job: he was to take care of the garden. It was after this that something rather remarkable happened. God said ...

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Hope for a Lost World

Posted on August 6, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In the world that we live in, sin is a very present reality. Everyday we hear about murders, robberies, and of children who have been abused. We live in a world filled with evil, and evil people doing evil things, yet there are those who would want to deny the reality of sin and evil. They would argue that man is simply a product of evolution, that what we do is simply a result of our privative past, that we simply do the things which were once necessary for us to survive. If ...

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Posted on July 30, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

When you were a kid did anyone ever tell you "Do as I say not as I do"?  For example, did you ever have a smoker tell you never to start smoking? Or, did you ever try to argue with your parents when they told you that you couldn't do something that you knew that they were doing? Well, if you were like most of us, it probably didn't sit very well with you. Truth is, you probably were offended and considered it to be hypocritical of them. But, now th...

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Frustrated Perfectionist

Posted on July 23, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

  I consider myself a frustrated perfectionist. Now I’m sure that most of you know what a perfectionist is, but you may not fully understand what I'm talking about when I say “frustrated perfectionist”? According to my definition, a frustrated perfectionist is a person who is never satisfied with things because they are never quite good enough. In my case, when I am working on something, I know what I want to achieve, but I lack the skills and experience ...

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Coming Up Empty

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We all understand what it means to ‘run out of gas’. When this happen to an automobile (unless you have an electric car) this means you have a vehicle which weighs several thousand pounds and has the potential of some pretty remarkable things, yet it can do nothing. Sure you can play the radio, but even that is limited to the capacity of the battery. If you are riding down the road and you run out of gas, you may be able to coast for a little while because of moment...

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How Patriotic Should We Be?

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

This past Tuesday we celebrated the 4th of July. There were parades, fireworks, cookouts and all kinds of activities. Now I must confess that, with working on the house that we are trying to get ready to sell, I didn’t do much celebrating. None the less, I love America and am thankful to be able to call it my home.

Growing up in the house of a WWII veteran there was never any question about whether or not we should be patriotic...

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Is This the America of Our Fore-Fathers's Dreams?

Posted on July 2, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

This week we will once again celebrate the 4th of July. This is something that we do every year. It is truly an American tradition, as we celebrate the birth of our nation.

Have you ever wondered what our forefathers would say if they could could see the America that we live in today? Would they be proud of what we have become? 

There is little doubt that they would be impressed with ...

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God is Good!

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Today as I sat down and began to ponder as to what I would write about I must confess that I was coming up empty, I simply had nothing to say. Now I realize that many of you that know me might find that hard to believe, but for today it was the simple truth. The emotional strain of the past few weeks has simply drained me. As I considered those events and the need to write something for this mornings Paster’s Pen I was drawn to one reality, that is simply, that God is goo...

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We are at War!

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Today we are once again blessed to have our dear brother, Keith Patman, with us for the service. He, as you know has worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years and has been a friend of our church for most of those years. He will be sharing his heart and his ministry with us this morning and I hope that we all gain a greater understanding of the importance of getting God’s Word in the native tongue language of all the people in the world. Just t...

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Memorial Day 2017

Posted on May 28, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Every year we have the privilege of celebrating Memorial Day. Now I realize that the word ‘privilege’ may be a rather strange choice of words, but hear me out and perhaps you will agree with what I have to say.

First, let’s talk about what this holiday is all about. Originally known as Decoration Day, its roots go all the way back to the Civil War as a day when the graves of the fallen Civil War Soldiers were deco...

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Worship (part 6) Where do you worship?(part 2)

Posted on May 21, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since we were on our series about worship, so today I would like to once again return to that subject. The last time we were dealing with this subject we were talking about where you worship. As I hope you remember, we talked about the fact that many people talk about going to the mountains, beach or other places in nature to worship. We talked about the fact that all of God’s creation calls us to worship and in fact it all points to Hi...

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