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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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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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May 7, 2015

What the church can learn from AA

What the church can learn from AA

Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programs help turn people’s lives around and keep them pointed in the right direction. They try to help people to keep getting better, take responsibility for themselves, and work to help others change their lives too. That sounds a lot like what the church should be doing too.

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August 1, 2014

A Word from the Pastor

I’m especially excited about two things mentioned in the newsletter from this month. First is the Beginning Faith class, which will start this August. Second is the church’s 100th anniversary, which we’ll celebrate next August. I think the two are wonderfully connected. The Beginning Faith class is for new Christians and older kids who are interested […]

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February 5, 2014

“Can you hear me now, God?”

Having an always-online smartphone is great, but does that super-connectedness make us view life differently? Or even view God differently?? Do we expect God to answer our text messages as fast as we expect friends to?

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January 28, 2014

The results are in: “Church is Good for You”

A recent psychological study suggests that people “who are more actively religious are more likely to report low levels of anxiety, depression, and fatigue–and feel that they cope with stress better and that their lives have meaning.” This is one of those things that church-goers have known for a long time, but it’s just nice to have scientific proof of now. It supports a ministry motto I like to use: “Church is good for the soul.”

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October 23, 2013

Dear God, “Gimme, gimme!”

Dear God, "Gimme, gimme!"

While I usually don’t like to reduce the awesome, wondrous, mysterious ways that God works into a sound byte, there is one piece of such “bumper sticker theology” that is a good reminder of truth for us: “God is not an ATM machine.” So often we treat God solely as the Great Giver in the […]

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October 17, 2013

Following Jesus: Crazy, Hard

Our lives will be better the more we follow Jesus. We know that and we say it, but it’s actually hard to put it into practice because the way of Jesus is totally different from the rest of the world. For the first people who followed Jesus, his disciples, he called them to a life […]

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October 15, 2013

Living in Christ

The book of Colossians says, “Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him” (Col 2:6). Oh okay… but that means we need to know about how we “received” Jesus, and then figure out how to “live in him.” That is the lifelong process of growth and spiritual maturity […]

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