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Pastor’s Perspective 06-30-2020

I really don’t like meetings. It’s kind of a running joke among the staff. I’ve wasted far too much of my life in meetings that didn’t concern me or didn’t accomplish anything. Sunday night’s meeting with the deacons was not one of those meetings. Even though it lasted two hours. It was a conversation we’ve […]

Pastor’s Perspective 06-23-2020

Father’s Day has come and gone. I continue to cherish my role as a dad to our three adult children and as “Pops” to our seven grandchildren. Second only to my biblical responsibility to be the husband God wants me to be to Gaye, there is no more significant role I will fulfill in my […]

Pastor’s Perspective 06-16-2020

If there were ever a time we need to be praying, it is now. I have been waiting to share a beautiful piece on prayer by Anne Graham Lotz. I trust it will bless you as it has me. ~ John PRAY FOR MORE OF: His consistency in my devotion, His fervency in my prayers, […]

Pastor’s Perspective 06-09-2020

During my visit to Israel in 1998, I was like a kid in a candy store. There was so much to see and experience. To this day, I am able to put a visual image with a number of specific Bible texts. One of the places we visited stirred me to the core of my […]

Pastor’s Perspective 06-02-2020

By the time you read these words my son and his family will be gone for at least the next 18 months. He will be attending the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. It is a great opportunity for him professionally. And everyone who has been there tells us the location and weather is beautiful. […]

Pastor’s Perspective 05-26-2020

If you’ve ever stood on the shore with your feet in the water, you know how quickly the sand can shift under your feet. That’s how it feels to many of us as this life-changing pandemic continues to unfold. Two weeks ago in this column, I shared our plan for services once we entered Phase […]

Pastor’s Perspective 05-19-2020

I made my first trip of the year to the beach this past weekend. We weren’t sure we were going until we confirmed the beach would be “open.” Our son is waiting on the Army’s approval to move his family to California for his next assignment. We wanted to share some time with them before […]

Pastor’s Perspective 05-12-2020

I learned a long time ago I am not going to have all the answers to the questions people ask me, but that it is helpful to be honest about what I do and don’t know. My six-year-old grandson asked me this past weekend if we grow in heaven. I know where the grow part […]

Pastor’s Perspective 05-05-2020

We continue to live through a once-in-a-lifetime season of disruption and uncertainty. I never would have believed the extensive impact of a virus over the lives and livelihood of millions unless I had lived through it myself. Three months ago, no one would have predicted that high school and college graduates would not be able […]

Pastor’s Perspective 04-28-2020

     One of my neighbors has a sign in their front yard that says, “My teacher misses me. My parents miss my teacher more.” I have talked to several parents in recent weeks who have a much greater appreciation for teachers in general and their children’s teachers specifically. Let’s just say home-schooling isn’t every parent’s […]