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Pastor’s Perspective 01-15-19

“Game day” is a familiar term for anyone connected to the sports world. Football fans are glued to their televisions this time of year as their season comes to a close. In college football, Alabama and Clemson have dominated the field in recent years with two national championships apiece. No one expected Clemson to beat […]

Pastor’s Perspective 01-08-19

When Saddam Hussein’s army invaded Kuwait on August 2, 1990, I was stationed here at Fort Bragg as the chaplain for one of the Army’s newest artillery battalions: the Multiple Launch Rocket System. My unit’s capabilities were perfectly suited for that environment so I found myself in the desert sand of Saudi Arabia later that […]

Pastor’s Perspective 01-02-19

  I have recently taken up the game hide-and-seek again. Our grandchildren have a ball playing with the adults in their lives. We adults might get a little too much pleasure from scaring them when they find us. The seekers count to a certain number and then shout “ready or not, here we come!” This […]

Pastor’s Perspective 12-18-18

My office holds a lot of pictures of the people closest to me. My wife. Our three children. Six adorable grandchildren. One of those pictures in particular evokes mixed emotions in me. My granddaughter, Ryleigh (2 at the time), lying on the floor next to their full-grown chocolate lab with her head resting on his. […]

Pastor’s Perspective 12-11-18

Christmas is the season we celebrate God’s indescribable gift to us in the birth of our Savior. I want to share even more reasons we can celebrate this year. Last week we sent a check to Missions of Hope International in Kenya for $40K. That completes our $200K commitment to finish building the permanent school […]

Pastor’s Perspective 12-04-18

The 40th annual Singing Christmas Tree was a huge success! A genuine team effort. Exactly the way God designed the church to work. Several people told me how much they felt God’s presence this year. We all did. I have said before, one of the greatest blessings of the Tree each year is the way […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-27-18

Monday’s paper heralded the good news that the catastrophic fire that has been raging in California is finally contained. The deadliest wildfire in over a century. Almost 19,000 buildings, most of them homes, are gone. Whole neighborhoods were leveled. At least 85 people confirmed dead. Approximately 250 are still unaccounted for. It is hard to […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-20-18

Of all of Jesus’ parables, the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 has been my favorite for many years. It reminds me that everything I have in this life is not mine. It has been given to me by a gracious God who expects me to be a faithful steward of all He has […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-13-18

The Singing Christmas Tree is being constructed in the sanctuary as I write these words. As we experience every year at this time, the excitement is palpable and building. Hundreds of members of our church are already investing heavily their time and talents to make this year’s Tree all it can be for Christ and […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-06-18

I got interrupted as I was putting this article together. Texting my son who is currently deployed to Afghanistan. It’s amazing what modern technology enables us to do nowadays. Using the WhatsApp app, I can text him in real time. It really is a blessing! When I was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq for […]