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Category: The Pastor’s Pen

Lessons from Trees

12 Yes, you will go out with celebration, and you will be brought back in peace. even the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you; all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 In place of the thorn the cypress will grow; in place of the nettle the myrtle…
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broken hearts

Broken Hearts

This is an excerpt from the sermon I preached on February 18, 2018. Friends, have you heard the news? Yet again, we have news headlines about tragic and violent loss of young life that breaks our hearts. How many more do we have to hear about before we do something? How long before those headlines…
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Lent and Valentine’s Day

9 God didn’t intend for us to suffer his wrath but rather to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 Jesus died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with him. 11 So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing…
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Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do…
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Christmas Wishes

Luke 1:68-79 68 “Bless the Lord God of Israel because he has come to help and has delivered his people. 69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David’s house, 70     just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago. 71 He has brought salvation from our enemies and from…
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Especially in today’s world of extreme absolutes, we must keep in mind that we cannot negate the good work of imperfect people who make mistakes. We keep elevating people to the level of idols, then are disappointed when we find out they are human after all. Poor actions must have consequences, but that does not…
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Give Thanks

Psalm 100 A psalm of thanks. Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Serve the Lord with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy! 3 Know that the Lord is God— he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture. 4 Enter his gates…
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Observations in Tragedy

26 In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. 27 The one who searches hearts knows how the Spirit thinks, because he pleads for the saints, consistent with God’s will. 28 We know that God…
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4 Therefore, as a prisoner for the Lord, I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God. 2 Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love, 3 and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you…
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Summer is Here

Easter is over, school is out, and summer is here.  Now what? As we take time this summer for family, vacations, and relaxation, let us not forget that the work of the church in our community continues. The mission arm through the Upper Room keeps going. The weekly Sunday School and worship times march onward,…
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