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September Pastor's Pen

Posted on September 8, 2022 at 12:35 AM

Do you hear Him calling?

I Could

I Might

I Can

I Should

I Will!

(Thom Rainer)

 

What is your response to anything God asks of you? One of the amazing truths of Christianity is that we love and serve a God who is not far away but personal and intimately involved with every part of our life. He has pledged Himself to us by way of covenant. He provides,...

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Attitude and Caring

Posted on August 11, 2022 at 12:00 AM

Attitude and Caring

All of us are surrounded by and benefit for the results of someone’s’ perseverance.

Above my head is a bright electric light. Thanks, Tom

On my nose are eyeglasses that enable me to focus. Thanks, Ben

In my driveway is a car ready to take me wherever I choose to steer it. Thanks, Henry.

There are many shelves of books full of interesting pages, Thanks, authors.

This list can go on and on. Because someone ...

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Riches from God

Posted on July 13, 2022 at 10:10 AM

Riches from God

“Money can buy medicine, but not health.

Money can buy a house, but not a home.

Money can buy companionship, but not friends.

Money can buy entertainment, but not happiness.

Money can buy food, but not an appetite.

Money can buy a bed, but not sleep.

Money can buy a crucifix, but not a Savior.

Money can buy the good life, but not eternal life

God (alone) is abl...

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What are you doing with your hyphen?

Posted on June 16, 2022 at 9:45 AM

What are you doing with your hyphen?

Joyce and I attended a Memorial Service for the brother of one of her friends who had died suddenly at the age of 58. The American Legion did a service, since the man was a veteran and in the service was a poem about the hyphen. It was a very vivid illustration about our beginning or our birth, and our ending on earth, our death. Two very important numbers! But even more important was the hyphen between the numbers. How we spent the days between our...

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Tale of Two Wolves

Posted on May 4, 2022 at 10:20 AM

A Cherokee elder was teaching his young grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil- he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt and ego. The other is good- he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. This same fight i...

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The Awesomeness of Easter!

Posted on April 6, 2022 at 1:50 PM

The Paschal candle is one of the most sacred and enduring elements in Christianity. Made of beeswax to represent the purity of Christ, the candle’s wick signifies Christ’s humanity, and the flame His Divine Nature. It is adorned with one or more Christian symbols, often the cross to represent His redemptive sacrifice; the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet - Alpha and Omega – to signify that He is the beginning and the end; symbols of wheat and grapes, or a chalice...

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March 2022 Pastor's Pen

Posted on March 10, 2022 at 1:15 PM

Love is a choice, not a matter of destiny. It is a choice renewed each day!

-Dean Francis Alfar

We are starting into our journey of Lent. Lent is definitely a journey but as humans I sometime get the feeling that we work towards the completion of Lent rather than working on the journey through Lent to change our lives. Jesus’ life was predetermined. He knew what his purpo...

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The Story of St. Valentine

Posted on February 16, 2022 at 1:40 PM

Story of St. Valentine

The story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus.

 

Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ; not even the threat of death could keep hi...

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January 2022 Pastor's Pen

Posted on January 12, 2022 at 11:20 AM

Well, we have made it through another year. We are all making New Year hopes and wishes. I hope starting to attend church is one of them. If you already attend church l hope one of your wishes is to become more dedicated in your spiritual life and more dedicated to your church life. We start a New Year looking ahead to all the possibilities. It can also be a deep cleansing breath of making it through a tough past year. A year where you felt darkness all around you. A new year can make you bel...

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December Pastor's Pen

Posted on January 12, 2022 at 11:20 AM

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Believing in what God demands from us, knowing that it is right and true!

As I get older I realize that God knows my heart before my feelings get there. I know that God expects certain things from all of us. There are rules to live by and if you live by those rules your life will be better on earth and magnificent with our God in heaven. So why is there a problem? Why is it s...

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