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January 13, 2015, 3:52 PM

Two become One

What a joyful celebration we've had these past two Sundays!  Our first service together with our brothers and sisters from the Presbyterian was filled with meaning and joy.  Over 150 people came to experience this new endeavor.   We had over 170 in worship last Sunday!  I have, to put it simply, been awe inspired by the the work of God in this new venture. On our first Sunday we began our worship in the Presbyterian Church with song and sermon.  We moved up the street to conclude our service with communion and symbolically combining two different colors of sand.  Our second service together we had two baptisms as we remembered the baptism of the Lord.  God's presence has been felt throughout the entire weeks and months leading up to these services.  We are so blessed.  Words fail me, and that's saying something for a pastor.  I don't know what God has in store for us in 2015 but I'm holding on waiting to find out.  It's going to be a wonderful ride.

This church is filled with God's people willing and happily ready to serve together.  I'm so honored to be a part of such a wonderful community of faith.




September 9, 2014, 2:04 PM

God's Not Dead

We recently had the opportunity to screen the movie God's Not Dead.  The movie has been out for some time but many people still haven't seen it.  It is a powerful movie and perfect for the whole family.  I was moved by the entire movie but especially by the final scenes. I hope if you haven't had the chance to watch it you'll rent it or come by the church and I'll gladly loan it out.  Invite your friends and family to your home to watch it with you.

We're just beginning a sermon series based on the movie.  I'm excited to explore the scenes more fully and I hope you'll enjoy the series as we move through September.

There has been a lot going on this summer with our church family and your own families as well.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone come back to church after all the fun trips.

God is good....all the time.



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07-14-2016 at 2:27 PM
Christy
LOVE that you have comment boxes with each sermon! What kind of comments do you get? and how do you respond?
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June 3, 2014, 4:17 PM

Get Fit, Get Healthy

Back in April when I fasted for the 40 days of Lent, I thought I might lose a little weight.  What I discovered was that when I was able to eat, I wasn't careful about what I was eating.   I had pie if I wanted, ice cream if I wanted, whatever I wanted at dinner time, I had.  Now that we are on this challenge to get fit and get healthy I have surprised myself.  I am actually watching what I eat, am careful about not eating the wrong things and I am drinking water.  If you know me at all you know I don't drink water, AT ALL.  But I discovered these little flavor enhancers that I can't possibly recommend enough.  As of 2:00 this afternoon I'm on my second quart of water for the day!  I haven't had anything to drink other than water for 5 days.  It's amazing.  Go get some at your local grocery store.




April 2, 2014, 2:58 PM

Habit? Really?

I was reading something the other day and for the life of me I can't remember what.  But in this article the person was talking about the things we give up for Lent and how after a certain amount of time it becomes habit.  I agree on some levels.  When I gave up diet Mt. Dew several years ago I never did go back to drinking it.  But I can assure it will never be a habit to not eat between dinners.  I was thinking as I read this that I had hoped I would not even be thinking about it.  That I would stop being hungry but that's not happened.  In fact Tom and I were sitting on the sofa the other day and I said I'm hungry (about 5:00).  He immediately said, "I know."  Well anyone would have known because my stomach was growling.  I've had many opportunities where others have eaten and I do not.  I visit with other pastors during lunch and that hasn't been pleasant.  Oh the company is great but to sit and watch as others eat not so much fun.  I don't mind of course that others are eating.  But I wonder how people feel on the street corners near restuarants where others are eating.  Hunger makes me angry.  We live in a country where there is plenty of food for everyone.  We shouldn't have hungry people.  We have to do something!

I am reminded of these verses in Matthew:

Matthew 25:35-40

New International Version (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

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March 26, 2014, 11:38 AM

Woe is me!

Here I am 19 days into this Lenten discipline and I'm thinking seriously, 21 more days to go.  I am already thinking ahead to what I will have for breakfast on Easter morning and will I be able to go out for breakfast before worship.  Now there is something seriously wrong with this picture.  There are hundreds of thousands, millions of men, women, and children who can't even imagine thinking of Easter morning breakfast.  They are worried about breakfast right now.

As I write these words I am reminded of Christ's sacrifice for us and isn't this "fasting" I'm doing meant to remind me of that?  Christ calls us to sacrifice during Lent, but we are called to sacrifice every day.  When you see the least of these........I want to do more.  I want to be more.  I want to give more.  I want to sacrifice.  Thanks be to God.

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