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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March, 2017

Pastor’s Column             Are you as bewildered as I am by the world in which we live? How did our country get to the place where we are? This country has experienced successive waves of godly spiritual renewal for centuries. We’ve known the First and Second Great Awakenings. Jonathan Edwards, Asahel Nettleton, Dwight Moody, and Billy Graham are among the many evangelists who have preached with...
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February, 2017

Pastor’s Column             I read a Bible verse this morning I had never read before. It was Genesis 23:2. Here’s what it says: Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. For the first time in my life I realized that Abraham cried when Sarah died. It touched my heart; tears welled up in my eyes.             In ...
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January, 2017

Pastor’s Column             Denise Kulp is our Executive Office Boss, that is, she runs things in the office. She is efficient. She gets things done. She does so in a cheerful, expectant fashion. In other words, she’s got it under control, under the control of the Lord.             A year ago I began bugging her about ordering the new hymnals for the new church. A decision had been made regardin...
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