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The Rescue

  What comes to mind when you think of a rescue? A firefighter rushing into a burning building? A Coast Guard ship aiding a raft of refugees? Perhaps you think of a child nursing a stray animal back to health, or of a woman walking her friend to his first A.A. meeting. Whatever picture comes to mind, rescues are always thrilling.  Someone with compassion acts t...

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Pastor David's Sabbatical

On January 9, I begin a sabbatical break from my active duties as pastor. I am extremely grateful to our elders for offering me this opportunity to devote time to rest, prayer, and spiritual renewal. For those interested in what I will be doing, here is some information. I intend to devote my time primarily to seeking the Lord in prayer. I’m indebted to coaching ad...

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The God Who Gives Joy

Joy from God...

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Peace in God's Arms

On the 2nd Sunday of Advent this year we will be reading Isaiah 40:1-11, a passage that promises peace and comfort to people in distress.  Isaiah was a prophet in the southern kingdom of Judah who ministered from approximately 745-695 B.C. In his preaching, Isaiah confronted the people over their sinful rebellion against God, warning them of the painful exile that wo...

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A Prayer for Hope

It has been said that humans can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, and about eight minutes without air, but that we cannot survive even one second without hope. I disagree with that statement. There are people who have been living without hope for years – if you can call that living. When you have no hope, you still get up in the mo...

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What Will People Think

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  Concern over the opinions of others is one of the strongest human motivators. We crave people’s esteem. We fear their disapproval. We long for their acceptance. The desire to be liked and respected is natural, but when it becomes too important it can enslave us. Proverbs 29:25 says, “Fear of man will prove to be a snare….” This coming Sund...

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Indirect Persecution

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  A couple of years ago, 21 Egyptian Christians were beheaded by ISIS after refusing, even under torture, to renounce their faith in Christ. The stalwart faith demonstrated by these men is inspiring. Every believer in Jesus should be prepared to resist the threat: “Deny Christ or die. ”But such situations are rare. If we brace ourselves only to face this ...

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God's Mysterious Ways

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  Years ago, I had a friend who felt called to ministry, so he moved away from home to attend seminary. Before he could complete his studies, however, he received news that his father was ill and that the family needed him to come back home to care for his dad. Of course, as a loving son, he was glad to do this for his father, but he felt deeply discouraged. How woul...

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Who am I?

  In my high school, back in the 1970’s, all the cool kids wore athletic letter jackets proclaiming the name of our school and the sport they played. I desperately wanted a letter jacket, because I desperately needed to be cool. The problem was I was small for my age and not very good at sports. A varsity letter in football or basketball was out of the questio...

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Diaconate Commissioning Church Luncheon Remarks

Thank you everyone, thank you Diaconal team, for being willing to step forward in faith as a community to further our calling and mission from God.  Our mission statement is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to our neighbors, to welcome them into loving community, and to equip them to glorify God.   I want to share some snippets from my personal history ...

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