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Today in History

Posted on March 21, 2021 at 5:40 PM


I used to listen to a program called “Today in History” on the radio. It was just a short daily program that, as the name would imply, talked about the events in history that had taken place on that very date. I’m not sure if the program still runs on the radio, but various versions of it are available on the internet. As I was thinking about this, this morning, my mind traveled to the book of Esther when Mordecai reminds Esther of the possibility that she had p...

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Life has its Interruptions

Posted on March 14, 2021 at 11:30 AM

With this past year of Covid, we have all been reminded of the reality that life is filled with interruptions.  We make our best plans; we try to take all things into consideration and then the unexpected happens. Life throws us a curve. Out of the blue we get hit by something that no one was expecting. What we do and how we respond to these unexpected occurrences is what makes all the difference in not only the outcome, but also in who we become. It has been said t...

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My Pastor

Posted on October 20, 2019 at 8:25 AM

October is Pastor Appreciation Month and I would like to take a moment (unbeknownst to Tim) and tell you what I love about ‘my’ Pastor!

He is truly a man of God. He absolutely loves to study the Word of God and share with all of us at New Journey Fellowship what God lays on his heart.

He loves his family...

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America: An Anti-Christian Nation?

Posted on October 13, 2019 at 8:20 AM

Is America becoming an anti-Christian Nation? You know, it seems rather ironic that we would be asking this question when only a few years ago we would have asked questions like: “Is America still a Christian Nation?” or “Is America Truly a Christian Nation?” We had begun to ask these questions because many, if not most, considered our nation to be a “Christian Nation”. After all, many of ou...

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Hotter Than Hell

Posted on October 6, 2019 at 8:20 AM

Thankfully, beginning with yesterday, we have had a break in the weather, but before yesterday, as you know, it was unseasonably hot around here. It has been so hot that, the other day, one of my co-workers, after coming back inside the building, announced as he was walking past my work station: “Man, it’s hotter than hell out there!’ To which I responded: “ if it is hotter than hell out there, t...

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Posted on September 29, 2019 at 5:50 PM

Friday night I had the opportunity to go and see the the latest move written, directed and produced by the Kendrick Brothers. I was first introduced to their films back in 2006 when I went with my wife to a low budget Christian film called “Facing the Giants”. I must confess that at that time my expectations were not very high. You know, “low budget Christian film” - Need I say more? I remem...

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The Fall

Posted on September 22, 2019 at 9:55 AM

Well, it looks like we are going to make it to the end of another summer being that Tomorrow is the first day of Fall. Once again we have, for the most part, made it through those hot summer days and if you are like me, you are now ready for the cooler weather of the Fall. The end of summer and the beginning of the Fall always brings about a lot of changes, not only in the weather, but also in our daily lives. It ma...

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A Beautiful Day?

Posted on September 15, 2019 at 9:55 AM

This morning is absolutely beautiful, the sun is shinning and the current outdoor temperature is 70 degrees. The sky is blue and clear, but all is not well in the world. As I looked at my phone this morning I see that there has been an attack on the Saudi Arabian oil supply, which the US has blamed on Iran and, of course, Iran has denied. But in any case, it tells us that the price of fuel will be going up and that will put a s...

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Our Future

Posted on September 8, 2019 at 7:15 PM

This past week I wrote about gazing into the woods behind my house and wondering what was there, but just out of site. So yesterday I went out and did some work in the edge of the woods. I trimmed a few tree limbs, cut a few bushes and tried to make things a bit more visible and as I sit here this morning I realize that I did have some level of success. I can now see an additional 15 to 20 feet, and in some pla...

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What Lies Beyond

Posted on September 1, 2019 at 9:50 AM

As I sit here this morning, gazing into the woods behind my house, I find myself wondering what is out there that I cannot see. I see the rays of the sun piercing into the shadows, but the thick green foliage at the edge of the woods veils the secrets that are hidden just beyond my view. You know, life is very much that way, as we travel down the road of life we can never know with any level of certainty what is wa...

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The World In Which We Live

Posted on August 25, 2019 at 9:50 AM

The World today is a very different place than the world in which I, and many of you grew up in, but then it is also true that the world into which I was born, was a very different place than the world that my Father grew up in. I remember as a small child asking my Daddy to tell me about the “old timey days” back when he was a little boy. Now I have grandchildren and the days of my childhood, no doubt, ...

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A Sad Day for America

Posted on August 11, 2019 at 2:50 PM

With the two mass shootings last weekend and so many having their lives senselessly ended, so many wounded, so many devastated and broken, it is no wonder that these terrible events have captivated the attention of all America. We grieve with those who have suffered such unimaginable loss. We pray for those recovering in the hospital and at home. We know that their lives will never be the same.

Of course, ...

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Is Global Warming Real?

Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:45 PM

Is Global Warming real, or is it just something that has become a political football? Will Global warming truly have a dramatic impact upon the future of the earth and those who call it home? Will the future praise those who have tried to warn those of us who live on this wayward planet as we head down a path of destruction as certain as met the ill-fated Titanic, or will this simply prove to be just another Y2K? T...

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So, what do you believe about God?

Posted on July 28, 2019 at 2:45 PM

In our series “What do you Believe?” this morning, we ask the question: What do you believe about God? You will notice that we are not asking the question: “Do you believe that there is a God?”, but rather what do you believe about Him? Now I realize that in the world that we live in, there is a very large percentage of the population that simply deny the reality of “God”. As we...

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Is There Such a Thing as 'Sin'?

Posted on July 21, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Today as we continue our series “What do you believe?” we will be discussing “SIN”. A subject that we are all far to familiar with, both through practice and through observation. But, in today’s world things have become a bit confusing. Things that were once considered to be an “anathema”, have now been given political status and those who participate in those ...

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What Do You Believe?

Posted on July 14, 2019 at 9:40 AM

This past Sunday morning I began a series of messages entitled “What do you believe?”. Let’s think about that, what does it matter what you believe? After all, don’t we all have the right to pick and choose what we believe? Isn’t “my truth” just as real as anyone else's “truth”? After all, truth is relative, isn’t it?


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The Declaration of Independence

Posted on June 30, 2019 at 9:25 AM

In just a few short days, we as citizens, of what I believe to be the greatest nation on earth, will celebrate our nations birthday. The Forth of July was chosen because it was the date on which the congress of the original states unanimously adopted, what we know as the Declaration of Independence.

In this grand document, they explained both their reasons, and their justi...

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The Pursuit of Perfection in an Imperfect World

Posted on June 23, 2019 at 9:20 AM

I must confess that I am a very flawed individual. Yet I find myself, far to often, being critical of others and their imperfections. Yes, I am more than willing to make allowances, or at least excuses for my own mistakes, but when it comes to others, well that’s a different story. It is so easy to see their foolish decisions. The answers to their problems seem so obvious. I can’t help bu...

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The Perfect Dad

Posted on June 16, 2019 at 9:20 AM

Last year for Father’s Day I wrote “An Open letter to my Children”. But to be perfectly honest I never finished it. I simply wrote till I ran out of time and space. So today I thought that I would try to pick up where I left off. Last year, I spoke about how blessed that I had been to have had the father that I had, and what a powerful impact that he had upon my life. He truly...

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Posted on June 9, 2019 at 9:15 AM

Some say that change is constant, others say that change is good, but constant change can lead to a state of disorder and confusion. Here recently, I have mentioned my youngest daughter several times in my Pastor’s Pen as she has now graduated from high school and is beginning a new part of her life. Just last night we were discussing some of the changes that she has been experiencing ove...

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