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A Journey for the New Year

Posted on January 11, 2023 at 10:55 AM

A Journey for the New Year

This New Years Joyce and I did something that we haven’t done in many years. We actually saw the clock turn from 2022 to 2023! Normally we are fast asleep when the years change. But with some of the activity that goes on it the world we may have the safer way of celebrating. Sleeping!! People start out the New Year doing things that they shouldn’t do, making promises that they don’t keep, and wonder why the...

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From Christmas to Easter

Posted on December 8, 2022 at 12:50 AM

From Christmas to Easter

Looking at the Christ child this Christmas Eve, we find ourselves beckoned to Easter, called to travel not to Bethlehem first but rather to Calvary, where God’s redemptive presence is most fully revealed. At the cross we see a birth like no other, as the death of Jesus leads ultimately to the resurrection of Christ. Christmas, traveling to Calvary, we find Christ in magnificent form. Christmas is a time to receive God’s gift of salvation. We...

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What Type of Fruit are You Bearing?

Posted on November 17, 2022 at 10:10 AM

What type of fruit are you bearing?

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law” (Galatians5:22-23)

We have been given access to these traits because they are the products of the Holy Spirit of Christ working in them. Every believer has access to these traits, because they are...

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The Fisherman and the Businessman

Posted on October 6, 2022 at 12:00 AM

The Fisherman and the Businessman

I came across a story I thought you would enjoy. Once upon a time there was a businessman who was sitting on the beach in a small Italian village. As he sat, taking a brief break from the stress of his daily schedule, he saw a fisherman rowing a small boat back into the harbor. In the boat were a few large fish. Impressed, the businessman asked the fisherman, “How long does it take you to catch so many f...

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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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