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November 2018
November 2018
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Usually I don’t answer my phone if I don’t recognize the number, but this time I did. It was a deacon at a small Baptist church not too far away from where I lived. They were currently without a pastor and looking for someone to fill the pulpit for an upcoming Sunday. Was I interested in doing the service for them? I was still in seminary and it was only the second time I had been invited to preach a service anywhere before – of course I was interested in doing the service!

When I got ...


November 2018
November 2018
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Word of the Week: Wonderful

Some things are just wonderful to see. When you are going through some sorrows (as our family is), sometimes something beautiful and wonderful is just the medicine for the soul which God prescribes. Last Sunday we watched Steve Hohenberger baptize his little grandson. Many of their family was there for this special occasion. That in and of itself is beautiful, as we recognize God’s grace to this family and his covenant promises to all generations. But this was a ...


November 2018
November 2018
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Evangelical Christians across America were asked a series of questions recently through Ligonier Ministries concerning basic Christian teachings. It turns out that 56% of those surveyed believe that the Holy Spirit is not a Person, but rather some kind of mystical force or movement! In other words, when they think of God, they probably have a decent understanding of God the Father and God the Son, but the Spirit is some mysterious energy that empowers Christians.

While time would fail us to ...


November 2018
November 2018
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Word of the Week: Potentate

When was the last time you used that in a sentence? Well, if you were in worship with us on Sunday, you used it at least once. In “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” we worshipped Jesus as the “Potentate of time.”

Crown him the Lord of years,

The Potentate of time,

Creator of the rolling spheres,

Ineffably sublime.

So, what’s a potentate? It’s a ruler or someone in power (think “potent”). Jesus is a ruler, but not like any other. He’s the Ruler of time ...


November 2018
November 2018
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Grief and loss are times of clarity (Ecclesiastes 7:2, 4). Things that seemed so urgent or important suddenly don’t matter at all.  A struggle during times like this is to be patient with those who are caught up with the world’s normal fusses and fights. When you are watching a beloved mother slip away from you, so many things are shown to be an obvious waste of our time.

On the other hand, there are some simple things that I take away from the last few draining days that I pray God will keep ...


November 2018
November 2018
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Word of the Week: Spent

Hi, church. By now many of you have heard that Caron and I suffered a great loss - the loss of Caron’s mom, Phyllis. A few of you remember her visiting our church and even attending a women’s retreat! We don’t need anything right now other than your prayers. I’m thankful for those who are praying and were praying. God has heard and has been very kind to us. I’ll mention some of that in the blog for this week. Grief and loss are both physically demanding (late nights, ...


October 2018
October 2018
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I’m a really gracious personal trainer. Granted, I only have one client – me. But I’m willing to give that client a pass on just about anything. Long day at work? You can skip the gym this evening. Need a little extra sleep? It’s fine to set your alarm a little bit later. Feeling a little sore from yesterday? Just take it easy today.

While being so easy-going is nice for my mood, it’s not nice for producing results. In fact, I’ve never been any good at getting results when I set out on my ...


October 2018
October 2018
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Word of the week:  The Big Picture

A common figure of speech that I love is the phrase, “The big picture.” I don’t know its exact origin, but I imagine someone looking at a huge painting in a famous art gallery. The great artists painted with such detail that it would be easy to get close to the painting and notice a minor sub theme of the work. An even closer look would show the brush strokes along with the use of color at a stroke by stroke level. I have no idea how someone does that. I ...


October 2018
October 2018
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We live in the age of Always-Connectedness.

Growing up in Seattle, WA in the 90s, we learned to type by the age of 7. We knew that personal computers were becoming more than just a tool to play The Oregon Trail at school or pretend to be secret agents on the computers running DOS at the library. (DOS stands for Dinosaur Operating System, for those too young to have experienced this!)

Personally, I love keeping up with the latest trends in technology as a hobby. Ask me about anything ...


October 2018
October 2018
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Word of the Week: Impatience

“Green means go!”

I’ve said that more than once this week as I sit stuck behind a line of traffic that doesn’t seem to realize the light has turned green. Red means stop, but green means it’s time to go! I have places to go. I have people to see. Can we get this show on the road already? I wouldn’t say I’m an aggressive driver (you may beg to differ), but I’m certainly an impatient one. I have a destination in mind and I have little tolerance for delay.

At some ...


October 2018
October 2018
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Adult life can be a lonely place. In high school we had our group of friends. For me, college was amazing. I was growing in my faith. My Christian brothers and sisters were always close by, and after a while every meal was shared with someone from our group. For two of the years I lived with other Christian men. It was nearly constant friendship and fellowship. I grew as a Christian because of my connection with other growing Christians - day and night.

Adult life is very different than that....


October 2018
October 2018
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Word of the week: Team

Wouldn’t it be great if we could send a team to NC or SC to help with Hurricane Recovery? Well guess what? Several of you have expressed interest. I think we should form a team to send down there from our church. Do you agree with me? Do you have some construction experience or disaster relief experience? Do you think you could organize the effort? We want the team...we need the team leader. I think it would be beautiful if we pulled it together. If you would consider ...


October 2018
October 2018
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It’s another activity to add to your already over-crowded schedule. It’s another night of the week that you’ll be out of the house. Isn’t this why you cringe at the mention of “small groups?” Many of us have the same reaction whether it’s a men’s group, a women’s group, or a small group. It’s another thing I have to do and (while we might not say this part out loud) we’re just not sure it’s worth it.

We all have reasons not to join a group and those hurdles stop us from ever showing up for ...


October 2018
October 2018
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Word of the Week: Wonders

If I tell you the Lord is working wonders, what comes to mind? For me, sometimes it’s quieter than the big miracles of the bible, but sometimes just as important for the individuals in whose lives the wonders are worked! Just this day (Tuesday), I’ve heard a number of answers to prayer and evidences of God’s grace. Recently I received an email from a man who openly repented to me of sin in his life, and thanked me for helping him see it. Wonders! Rich Brown talked to ...


September 2018
September 2018
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It’s very hard for me to pick one hymn as my favorite, as there are so many hymns and modern songs that have encouraged me in my life. In fact, as I struggled with depression as a young college student, one musical change helped foster a new attitude towards life. I moved from playing the depressing folk songs of my musical heroes (mostly about broken relationships), to spending time praising God with my guitar and voice. I sang the life of Christ into my downcast soul. Over time, as my ...