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June 12, 2017

You Might Not See the End, but God Will Lead You Step by Step

You Might Not See the End, but God Will Lead You Step by Step

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have every week of the rest of my life planned out. (I’m lucky if I can remember what’s coming next week!) Some people seem to be able to peer all the way into their future, though, and it makes me jealous. I’ve known many folks who were confident of God’s specific calling on them forever, or always knew what job they would have when they grew up and have continued full steam ahead in their successful career path. I don’t know how they got that inside scoop, or if they made the plans all themselves, but God never laid out to me the full track of my life, with all its twists and turns. What I did feel God showing me was which step to take next, and then providing assurance when I stepped in a good direction.

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April 8, 2017

How to Get People to Listen to You

How to Get People to Listen to You

As much as we’d like to shout out the cold hard “truth” and tell mean people how terrible they are, we have to ask ourselves, “Do I want to improve things, or just yell my angry guts out for spite?” (Sure, sometimes you just want to choose the second option.) But let’s say we do want to help our friend, family member, spouse, whoever understand better. Here’s what we do…

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February 23, 2017

Word from the Pastor – A Wake-Up Song

A few months ago I was fascinated to learn the history of the Doxology that we–and churches around the world–sing in worship every Sunday. I had always assumed that the words and lyrics were ancient, coming from the earliest centuries of the Christian church. But not so. Actually, they were published in 1709 by Thomas […]

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January 11, 2017

Huddle Up

Huddle Up

If churches were football teams, the congregation would be the players, and the huddle would be regular in-church activities like weekly Sunday worship. (I guess that makes Jesus the coach, God the general manager, and the Holy Spirit the quarterback? Or something like that.) I was reminded how important that Sunday huddle is this week since… we couldn’t have worship because of snow and ice! No worship, no huddle. So I’ve been figuring out how to be my best self all week on the fly. Football teams can speed up their play if the clock’s ticking by skipping the huddle, but you only do that if necessary. You play better when you huddle and prepare.

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October 12, 2016

Word from the Pastor – Report Card Time

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to get the first report cards of the school year. At church before the school year began, we collected school supplies and promoted the kids in Sunday School. For the kids in my house, we finished up summer homework with one >:-{ and prepared for Kindergarten with the other 8-O.

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October 12, 2016

Are Church Kids Not as Nice?

Are Church Kids Not as Nice?

I was troubled to learn about a survey study in 2015 showing that “kids raised in religious homes were less generous and kind than those raised in non-religious homes.” They “tended to be more judgmental, less altruistic, and more punitive than kids raised without religion.” Yikes!

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July 26, 2016

Word from the Pastor – Life’s Changing Seasons

I remember how lovely the weather was back in May. Spring was in full swing as the flowers bloomed and the grass grew. It would’ve been nice if the weather stayed that perfect forever, but we know that it doesn’t. The grueling heat of summer is now upon us. I start sweating just thinking about it. But thankfully, the seasons change…

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July 20, 2016

A Spiritual Fitness Tracker

A Spiritual Fitness Tracker

Everybody wants strong muscles, right? Well, your physical muscles aren’t the only ones you have. People shouldn’t just exercise their physical muscles but also their intellectual, emotional, and definitely their spiritual muscles. Just like lifting weights, doing sit-ups, and going for runs make us physically stronger and fit, we should also monitor and exercise our faith…

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March 16, 2016

Word from the Pastor – Easter Stuff

There are some things in life that, no matter how many times I read them, hear them, look them up, or google them, I still can’t remember it the next time I need to. They aren’t important, of course. Else I would be sure to remember. They are simply random factual tidbits that pop up […]

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February 18, 2016

What to Say & What Not to When Someone Is Grieving

What to Say & What Not to When Someone Is Grieving

When a friend, loved one, or even just an acquaintance, is grieving, it’s hard to know what to say to them. You hate to see them hurting, so you try to come up with something comforting to say. But some things are better than others. Here 5 good things to say, and 5 to avoid.

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