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Pastor’s Perspective 12-07-2022

It is hard to pick a favorite – like the best cookie in the world. What is your favorite part? The cookie part or the chocolate chip part? If you miss one piece, it ceases to be the best cookie. So, it seems with my first Singing Christmas Tree. I cannot pick a favorite part. […]

Take It With You 12.4.2022

Years ago, we sang “Wonderful Counselor” in The Singing Christmas Tree. “Tell me who do you call, Wonderful Counselor…glory hallelujah to the new born King!” I can still see Bob Haynes, our Minister of Music at the time, swinging (slightly!) with his director’s baton and with a big grin on his face! I confess maybe […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-29-2022

Grant sat beside me for a moment last night and queried me, “Have you ever experienced anything like this?” as he nodded to the tree. We spoke in reverent and hushed tones as the youth choir sang a beautiful piece, “Come Emmanuel”. I replied, “No, I have not.” Grant is proud of this music, this […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-22-2022

Making the Most of this Week On Sunday we talked about our uniquely American holiday, Thanksgiving. We spoke about how it was born out of one of the most pivotal moments in our history, The Civil War. The author of the famous song “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, Sarah J. Hale, lobbied President Lincoln for […]

Take It With You 11.20.2022

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT Situations that we do not understand happen all the time. Disasters, poverty, crime, and diseases are part of everyday life. Yet, God is with us in all these circumstances, especially the hardest ones that […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-15-2022

Yesterday was unforgettable. Never have we been more genuinely and warmly welcomed to a new church. Thank you for putting a hole in your Sunday afternoon to come back to church and individually say, “Welcome to Snyder!”. Thank you for all the thoughtful notes and letters. Thank you for all the generous gifts. We are […]

Take It With You 11.13.2022

“You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe, and shudder.”- James 2:19 Why does this warning affect us so much? Could it be that, with all of our focus on the sufficiency of faith alone, we make the mistake of believing that our faith should be alone? “I believe in God” you […]

Pastor’s Perspective 11-08-2022

Last Sunday afternoon would be my last bike ride in Pensacola, and I knew it, so as the end of the route on Scenic 90 came near, I departed from my typical course and peddled in an old neighborhood. A very old neighborhood. Historians say that this could be the first neighborhood in America. Hence […]

Take It With You 11.06.2022

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine O what a foretaste of glory divine Heir of salvation, purchase of God Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood This is my story, this is my song Praising my Savior all the day long This is my story, this is my song Praising my Savior all the day […]

A Pastor’s Perspective 11-01-2022

What a privilege and a blessing it has been to serve as your interim pastor for the past 16 months! You have been so welcoming and responsive, and you have made it a joy to preach and to worship with you each Sunday. I will miss being with you, even as I rejoice with you […]