Where God Has Blessed

About 17 years ago I signed up for a men’s retreat to attend Camp Barakel over a fall weekend. I was part of a large group of men who met in the church parking lot on a late Friday afternoon and headed north for a camp that I never heard of before going to FBC.…

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Be Encouraged – Jan. 3rd, 2017

IT’S NO SECRET! We all tend to want more out of life. That feeling of “lack” can be so depressing. We can go on Facebook or any other social media source, scroll down the memories of others, and feel like we are missing out on so much everyone else seems to have plenty of. And…

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Be Encouraged – Dec. 5th, 2016

What is your “go to place?”  You know that place where you can blow off steam, think clearly, or just slow down, breadth and take in the joy of life.  For some its taking a walk or a trip to the gym or a vacation spot.  For others, it’s a great read or a favorite…

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Elder’s Insights – December 5th, 2016

The Christmas season resurrects many traditions and memories that we look forward to or not. There are holiday parties to attend, family photos to do, family gatherings and sometimes many gatherings with in-laws and divorced parents, volunteer opportunities, shopping, and the list keeps going…..It also can be a tough time of year for many of…

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Elder’s Insights – November 22nd, 2016

Pastor John’s message this past Sunday was spot on. We GET to be thankful to the God of this universe; to the God of our salvation; to the God of the WINNIING team. (Go Spartans!) Sometimes I forget this important fact of Christian living. And it is indeed a FACT. In my job as a…

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Elder Insights – November 7th, 2016

The Perfection Game Nothing seems to stress Christians as much as realizing we’re not perfect people.  We’re supposed to be–right?  Isn’t the very definition of “Christian” this:  people who consistently do the right thing, love everyone they meet, affirm their neighbor’s choices, keep their lawn groomed, raise nice children, volunteer at school, keep a clean…

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Elder Insights – October 25th, 2016

“The Devil Made Me Do It” Have you ever used this phrase when caught in a slip up or an actual sin?  I suspect its origin may be traced back to the Garden of Eden.  Do we think that the devil really did make us do something or are we being flippant?  Hmmm flippant, makes…

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Elder’s Insights – September 30th, 2016

Quick – in just a few words – explain the essence of the Gospel. Ready, Set, Go! ……….. Are you done yet? It’s hard, isn’t it. There’s so much to say. Creation, fall, original sin, personal guilt, grace, mercy, Heaven, Hell, death, resurrection, virgin birth, Jesus, atonement, repentance, faith, prayer, forgiveness – the list goes…

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