A Word from the Pastor: September 2019

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Evangelism Starting September 8th, I will be preaching a six-week series on the first six chapters of Daniel. The series is titled Daniel: Conviction in a Culture of Compromise. We, as Christians, live in a world that is ever changing and we are challenged in our faith to stand strong in our beliefs. Too often we find it easy to compromise our faith and follow the ways of our culture. Come hear how Daniel and his fellow friends remained faithful even while living in a world so different from their homeland and culture. September 8, 2019 Daniel 1 And the Winner is… September 15, 2019 Daniel 2 The Dream for the Oppressed September 22, 2019 Daniel 3 The Fiery Furnace September 29, 2019 Daniel 4 The Great Tree and the Holy Watcher October 6, 2019 Daniel 5 The Handwriting on the Wall October 13, 2019 Daniel 6 The Lion’s Den … Read More

A Word from the Pastor: August 2019

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Where are We? A group of church leaders gathered around a table with their pastor after about 20 in attendance had worshipped one Sunday. The youngest person sitting in the room was around mid-50, the oldest over 90. The congregation had not been a vibrant church in decades and continued to decline, especially over the last decade due to many of their members laid to rest or unable to physically attend. The pastor was fairly new to the congregation and wanted to hear the hopes and dreams as a church. When the pastor popped the question to them, there was dead silence. Finally, one gentleman spoke up saying, “Don’t everyone talk at once.” One lady in her mid-80s spoke up saying she just wanted to keep the doors open. Another got up from the table and saying under her breath she’s got too many health problems to do anything. Another … Read More

A Word from the Pastor: July 2019

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Generations to Come! Our vision statement says our goal is to sustain faithful disciples for generations to come. To continue to make disciples, we can look to some of the Biblical stories to help us prepare for the next generation. Moses spent years training and mentoring Joshua as Joshua worked as his helper. Upon on the event of Moses’ passing, Moses placed his hands upon Joshua and Joshua was acknowledged as the one to lead the Israelites into the promised land. (Deuteronomy 34) Generations later, in 1 Kings 19, we find the story of Elijah where Elijah throws over his mantle upon Elisha, giving Elisha the authority to be a prophet and spends years training under Elijah. As Elijah is taken up into heaven (2 Kings 2), drops his mantle to Elisha, passing on his authority as a prophet of God to him. For all of us who have leadership … Read More

A Word from the Pastor: June 2019

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Gung Ho! Earlier this year, I invited the leaders of our congregation to read a book titled Gung Ho! by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles. (There are copies still available at the church if you are interested in reading the book.) It’s not a book about church and ministry, but a book about empowering people. Gung Ho is Chinese, which means “working together” You may think of the term to mean boundless enthusiasm, energy, and dedication to a task. We, as a church, are called to work together towards a mission. One of the principles laid out in the book is the Spirit of the Squirrel. As you know how diligently squirrels work to prepare for the winter, the principle teaches us that our work is worthwhile that we do in the church. We are called to fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of … Read More

A Word from the Pastor: March 2019

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The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus During the season of Lent, we will be using Adam Hamilton’s book, The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus, for sermon series and study group. The study group will be on Monday nights during Lent, beginning March 11, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. Part of the time will be spent watching a video filmed with Adam Hamilton in the Holy Lands. The study will last an hour in length. Also, I will be using this book as a guide for my sermon series along with my own experience with the Holy Lands during Lent. March 10th – Baptism and Temptation: The Jordan River and the Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13, Mark 1:9-13) March 17th – The Healing Ministry: Capernaum (Luke 13:31-35, Mark 1:29-32) March 24th – Proclaiming the Kingdom: The Mountains (Matthew 5:1-2, Matthew 7:24-29) March 31st – Calming the Storm: The Sea Of Galilee … Read More

A Word from the Pastor: February 2019

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“I Love My Church” Sermon Series During this series, you will have the opportunity to learn why God designed the Church and you can find fulfillment and spiritual growth through loving God and the Church. February 3rd – Love in Community February 10th – Love by Serving (Wear your t-shirt or wear red this Sunday.) February 17th – Love by Giving February 24th – Love in Sharing (Love in Telling) When February rolls around, I think of the word “love” since it’s a time of the year we celebrate Valentine’s Day. In John 13:34-35, the disciples were given a commandment to love one another. The word for “love” in Greek in this scripture reference is “agape.” Agape love involves faithfulness and commitment. It describes the love that is of and from God, whose very nature is love. God’s love is displayed clearly at the cross. God’s love is unmerited, gracious, … Read More

A Word from the Pastor: December 2018

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A Silent Night is Here! “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping their watch over their flocks at night.” Luke 2:6 When you hear the phrase “Silent Night,” what comes to mind? I would think you would recall the Christmas carol, and not only that, but maybe it floods your being with emotion. That’s the beauty of a song for all of us. Most of us love a song because we have some emotional attachment to it. I have many favorite songs or hymns, and I can recall either hearing the song for the first time, or whatever the occasion that formed a memory for me or created in me an emotional response. I’m sure you can speak as well to songs making a difference in your life. The hymn or carol, “Silent Night, Holy Night” was written 200 years ago but it still speaks to … Read More