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A Pastor’s Perspective 10-04-2022

Two very important Sundays are upon us.  You need to be here because both will affect YOUR future.   The first is on October 9th.    The Holy Spirit gifted each of us with gifts, talents, and passions to serve others including our church body.  October 9th is YOUR chance to learn about each mission the church […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 09-27-2022

Spiders Web.  Platform Balance.  Thread the Snake.  These are just a few of the team-building exercises we enjoyed at Camp Rockfish this past Thursday.  The tests required us to use our minds and brawn to “win” each challenge.   As a team, we survived and triumphed!  You would have been proud. Before heading out to the […]

Take It With You 09.25.2022

We spend a lot of time in church sharing prayer requests.  Part of every Sunday school class I can ever remember was a time for classmates to share prayer requests and prayers.  We spend time sharing with each other the concerns of our lives: health problems, family concerns, work issues, and the all-encompassing unspoken request.  […]

A Pastors’ Perspective 09-20-2022

TO: Our Church Family FROM: Your Church Staff Who Loves You RE: We Miss You It’s time. You’ve thought it. You’ve felt the nudge. The Holy Spirit poked ya’ a bit. It’s time. We know it’s easy to go to church in your pajamas…or sleep in. But isn’t it time? For you? For your family? […]

Take It With You 09.18.2022

On the way up to Jerusalem the Disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Eugene Peterson writes, “This is the only time in the Gospels that the disciples ask to be taught.” By now, the disciples seem to grasp that prayer means developing a relationship with God, not mere ritual or religious posturing, common among […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 09-14-2022

I remember hearing folks ask, “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” Everyone remembered…who lived in that era. I was 4 years old and watching Batman. It meant little to me at the time. Today the question is, “Where were you on 9/11?” For many of us, this is our “Kennedy” question for our era. […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 09-06-2022

As June was passing into July my sabbatical started with a personal retreat at a rustic cabin on a mountain outside of Bryson City, NC. I received very specific instructions on how to navigate the winding 1/2 mile gravel climb from the paved road to the cabin: Step 1) Put the vehicle in a low […]

Take It With You 09.04.2022

I’ll raise my hand high as a “Fixer” with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, I don’t think that’s listed in the spiritual gifts section! My guess is that many of us are “Fixers”, though some of us like to “fix” more than others. We try to fix our children, spouses, parents, teachers, politicians, co-workers, and […]

Take It With You 08.28.2022

What worthless idols do you have in your life? What do you mean?  None, of course!  I love the one true God and have no other gods before Him!  I don’t pray to any golden calves or marble statues.  I don’t worship Baal or Buddha or any other god.  Sure, I might wear a cross […]

Take It With You 08.21.2022

With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of His name. Hebrews 13:15 NLT Frequently sacrifice is mentioned in the Old Testament, usually relating to offerings at the Temple for atonement and thanksgiving. The Jewish people still celebrate Yom Kippur, the most holy of the Jewish […]