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Take It With You 08.28.16

Tomorrow morning, thousands of excited kids will go back to school.  Many schools in our area have been back in session for some time, but tomorrow traditional Cumberland County Schools students head back to class.  As they come, people from our family here at Snyder will gather to pray: for the students, for their families, […]

Take It With You 08.21.16

Psalm 23:4-6: 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs […]

Take It With You 07.31.16

When reading over Psalm 37, I thought to myself, “Wow!  Was this written today?  This sounds just like our world today!”  No, it was written thousands of years ago.  This tells me a couple of things: 1-God knows what we need to hear; the encouragement and promises we need spoken into our lives and hearts.  […]

Take It With You 07.24.16

Reports of shootings and violence fill news headlines.  A political season that is as divisive and polarizing as I’ve ever seen weighs on my heart and mind. And this is right here within our own borders, let alone the accounts of unrest, war, and suffering present throughout the world. If I’m not careful, I find […]

Pastor’s Perspective 09-27-16

  Sunday was a particularly busy day for me. In addition to preaching in both services, I joined my Sunday School class in the fellowship hall right after church to pack Back Pack Buddies. I was back at 3:00 to watch the movie The Anonymous People as our church seeks to acknowledge the issue of […]

Pastor’s Perspective 09-20-16

           What if? What if God’s people were debt-free? How would that change the way we live and give? What if God’s people – all of us – handled God’s money God’s way? The speaker had my attention. I immediately began to think about the possibilities. Research shows that roughly 70% of Americans are living […]

Pastor’s Perspective 09-13-16

We’re off and running. After two full weeks back at work, two Sundays back in the pulpit, and three funerals in one week, my sabbatical already feels like a distant memory. Summer is officially over. The new school year is in full swing. So is the new church year with a wide variety of ministries […]

Pastor’s Perspective 09-06-16

So what do you lead off with after coming back from a nine-week sabbatical? What’s the first order of business for the recharged and refreshed pastor as he seeks to lead his congregation forward in our mission as God’s people? I thought a lot about this very question while on sabbatical. I read a lot […]

Pastor’s Perspective 08-30-16

I am writing these words on my first day back at work after my nine-week sabbatical. I need to begin this column with a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to my church family here at Snyder for this incredible gift, and to my fellow teammates on the staff for pulling together to cover all the […]

Pastor’s Perspective 08-23-16

So…how many weddings did you attend this summer? I enjoy presiding over a wedding, but especially enjoy being able to just be an observer now and then. Saturday Becky and I were able to attend a wedding at our prior church in Rose Hill, NC. The wedding was not your normal wedding. We often hear […]