February, 2018

Pastor’s Column             How are you at waiting for things to happen? Things you know are going to happen, but you’re not quite sure when. Good things, not bad things. I get happily excited and can almost feel the ends of my nerves jangling around under my skin. Sort of electric.             Here’s an example of what I mean. In my first year of seminary I went home to Evansville, Indiana, for...
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January, 2018

Pastor’s Column             As many of you are aware, my conversion was dramatic, that is, one minute I knew I was lost and bound for hell, and the next minute I knew I was redeemed by the Lord Jesus and bound for glory! My world was turned upside down. Within a year I was serving on the staff of the First Assembly of God church in Lafayette, Indiana.             That may sound impressive, but y...
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Pastor’s Column             I have some measurements for you. They have to do with the Saturn V [pronounced Saturn Five, not Saturn Vee] rocket. There were thirteen of those rockets launched, with the first lifting off from Florida on November 9, 1967. That was 50 years ago. It was a Saturn V rocket that launched us to the moon.             A three stage rocket, each Saturn V weighed in at 6 mil...
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November, 2017

Pastor’s Column             The Bible can be a disconcertingly abrupt and frank book. It says things we would not say in polite society. Pat and I experienced this recently during our morning devotional reading. One of the assigned texts to read that day was Ephesians 4:17-24. At verse 18 we stopped for a moment, stunned at what the verse said: . . . excluded from the life of God because of the i...
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October, 2017

Pastor’s Column             Let’s get on an academic high horse this month and try our hand at some Latin! Probably doesn’t sound particularly appealing to you, but trust me just a little bit and take a step or two down this path. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know Latin to consider what’s in this column.             There are two phrases I want to present to you. The first is reformata semper ...
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September, 2017

Pastor’s Column             Let’s talk about Donald Trump. He’s a lightning rod for just about everyone. He’s also the President of the United States. What meaning should we take from the fact that he is our President? What is God saying through this fact?             Also, let’s talk about the recent total solar eclipse. It was a phenomenon that suddenly burst on the scene and millions of folk ...
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July/August, 2017

Pastor’s Column             Have you ever been flummoxed when praying the Lord’s Prayer in public? I have been and you may have been as well. This happens when we pray the Lord’s Prayer aloud with a mixed group of people. Now, by “mixed group,” I mean there are some who say “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” while others say “forgive us our trespasses as we also forgive those who tr...
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June Newsletter

Pastor’s Column Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790. In the weeks leading to that day Franklin, knowing his death was imminent, had his nurse go into his attic and bring down a picture he had owned for years but kept stored in his attic. He had her place the picture at the foot of his bed. Thus, as he lay on what would become his deathbed he could keep the picture continually before his gaze...
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May 2017 Newsletter

Pastor’s Column             My dentist growing up was Dr. Chester A. Rycroft. He was a compassionate man. He didn’t like to hurt people. He had a tender place in his heart for little boys in pain. I liked him. Upon further reflection – just this week – I’ve determined Dr. Rycroft really was not a truly compassionate man. He was a sensitive and caring man, but not truly compassionate.            ...
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April, 2017

Pastor’s Column             It’s springtime, so let’s give a little consideration to gardens. I would like to direct your attention to three particular gardens. I also would like for us to give some consideration to the word suddenly. We’ll also throw into the mix some thoughts about two Greek words for time: chronos and kairos.             The first garden I want us to think about is the Garden...
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