Pastor’s Perspective 07-28-2020

   On the day I am writing this column, my dad is celebrating his 87th birthday. In fact, I’ve already received several birthday wishes from church members this morning who heard it was my birthday. It’s the other “John Cook” who is getting older today. I’m holding at 63 for now. But I’ve been thinking […]

Pastor’s Perspective 07-21-2020

If you’ve ever flown much into or out of some of the busier airports in our country, you may have gone into a holding pattern for a period of time while the pilot was waiting for clearance from air traffic control to land. Certain life events may force us into similar holding patterns in our […]

Pastor’s Perspective 07-15-2020

I have learned over the years that it is the simple things in life that mean the most. And I have experienced a lot more of the simple things since I became a grandfather. This has been a summer of major transitions for our family. Our one son and his family are now settled in […]

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 […]