How To Deal With Your Junk

My garage is an absolute mess right now and, honestly, I don’t want to deal with it.  There is so much junk that finding a place for everything to fit seems overwhelming.   Like my garage, we humans constantly accumulate junk in our lives.  Junk like grief, depression, aimlessness, shame are constantly threatening to fill up…

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Our Response to the Roe v. Wade Decision

This past Friday (June 24, 2022) in a long awaited and faithfully prayed over moment in American history, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.  Though this does not make abortion illegal, it has given each state the ability to determine what their abortion laws will be and whether or not the practice will be…

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Taking a Stand on Biblical Sexuality

Just a few days ago, on January 8, 2022, Royal Assent was given to Bill C-4 in Canada.  That means Bill-C-4, which was passed unanimously by the Canadian House and Senate, became law.  The language of the law seems purposefully broad leading many to believe this is opportunity for Canadian courts to declare that preaching, teaching,…

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When Trials & Enemies are Crushing

It may be a new year, but my trials, temptations, inadequacies, and enemies didn’t get the memo.  They are just as eager to grip and rip me apart as before.   For the past several weeks I have been battling with despair.  Incessant visions of the worst possible outcome in every situation have plagued my mind. …

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Cast all your cares upon Him

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”  That is my favorite verse.  And that’s probably why “All Your Anxiety” is one of my favorite hymns.  The hymn reads as follows:  (Verse 1) -Is there a heart o’erbound by sorrow? Is there a life weighed down by care?…

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The Cost of Following Jesus

We live in a world that is consumed with safety.  Many have said, and I am in full agreement, that safety has become the most prevalent god of this world.   “Safety First” is the world’s slogan.  And there is little (even within the church), if any, push back on this.  In fact, if you do…

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We Were Made For This

“We were made for this!”.  Have you ever heard someone say that? Have you ever said it yourself? When I was a teacher, my fellow colleagues used to say it all the time.  When money was tight, when the students were acting like demons, when the staff meetings were going long – that statement would…

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Teams for the Gospel

This past Sunday, we started our Six Week Tract Challenge.  For the next six weeks we will be giving a different tract to everyone in the bulletin (If you are not able to come to service or you want more you can get them during the week in the church foyer or office). And the challenge is…

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Want Joy?

Right now, there are so many things vying for our attention and time that are both frustrating and depressing. COVID-19 fears and regulations are still lingering around like an annoying pest. The racial tension is high. Anarchy is being celebrated. And then there is the daily normal grind. But today, I want to tell you…

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Share the Gospel

Today, tragedy is all over America and that tragedy has affected and will continue to affect our lives. As Christians, we can either continually complain, stay quiet, or share the solution. After being brutally arrested, going through a shame trial, and being thrown into a Roman prison, Paul wrote in Philippians 1:12-14, “I want you…

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What is the Biblical Response to George Floyd’s death?

The Bible is very clear on four points.  One, we should “mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).  George Floyd’s family should be on our hearts and we should make every effort to help as we would for anyone who loses a loved one.  Two, we should seek justice.  Zechariah 7:9 says, “This is what the LORD…

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Hope is essential.

Think about life without it.  Nothing to look forward to.  No fun dreams about planting your garden and enjoying the sweet produce from it.  Being stuck in winter, never knowing the summer rays.  This Covid-19 shutdown forever keeping schools and small businesses closed and church forever online.  Hope is an essential ingredient for every aspect…

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Folly is bound up in the heart of a child

Proverbs 22:15 says, “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from Him” (cf. Pro. 13:24, 23:14, 29:15).   This does not advocate child abuse.  This advocates for parents to function as stewards of the children God has given them.  And that stewardship does include discipline. …

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What are you going to do with your disaster?

In John 9 the disciples of Jesus saw a man blind from birth. And the disciples asked Jesus, “Teacher, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind.” The disciples assumed the man’s blindness was directly related to sin. Why did they think that way? Because sin does bring disaster. When you…

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Do I Have Enough?

Do I have enough toilet paper, hand sanitizer, food, and money in the bank to get through this shutdown? Do I have enough patience to keep from losing my temper or complaining?  Do I have enough love to keep from becoming self-consumed and keep my eye on helping others?  Do I have enough drive to…

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Why God?

I ask/tell/yell that question frequently.  I’ve asked it in anger due to writhing heart and physical pain.  I have asked it with disgust as I’ve driven through third world regions ravaged with malnutrition and joblessness.   I’ve asked it when my motivation has hit rock bottom.   And like an inquisitive child asking their parent…

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Needing Wisdom

I need wisdom!  Wisdom is the ability to discern and apply truth in a constructive way and I need it.  I need wisdom for marriage, parenting, friendships, and work.  And I need wisdom concerning God’s Word, fighting sin, sharing Christ and getting through this pandemic.  No matter our age, experiences or knowledge level we all…

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Speak Life

Have ever been so embarrassed you wanted to put a bag over your head, or curl up and die?  Eight years ago, I oversaw the game station at a Vacation Bible School.  And the game we played and the lesson I gave one day ended early and we had a few minutes to spare.  So,…

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Our plans, God’s plans

When I woke up on Monday, I had a plan.  I was going to get to the office early, have my devotions, finish this article by 7 a.m. and get an early start on writing the Mid-Week Boost and my Sunday sermon.  Well, I got to the office early, but I forgot my computer at…

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This is getting out of control…

This is getting out of control… Mark 4:35-41“And they woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’” ~ Mark 4:38bMark 4:35-41 is a passage that many of us have heard time and again.  The disciples, upwards of 70, get into multiple boats and begin to cross the Sea…

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Is this ever going to end?

IS THIS EVER GOING TO END?  Sometimes, no matter how much we try, it can feel like we are just grinding through a certain issue and always will.  Is the grief of losing my parents, a spouse, or my child ever going to subside?  Am I ever going to be victorious over my struggle with…

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If I just had more money

IF I JUST HAD MORE MONEY!  The corona virus is making the financial markets to go haywire, keeping millions from going to work, and throwing once certain retirement plans into serious question.  Many have laughed at the words of Proverbs 23:5 (“For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven”…

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Showing Up

WHY ARE YOU SUCH A FLAKE?  Have you ever thought that?  Maybe someone has forgotten to meet you.  Maybe someone promised they would come support you and never showed.  Maybe you’ve been that person.  It is such an awful feeling when you know you have to do something or be somewhere and don’t remember until…

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Hope When Things Seem Hopeless

Hope is a vital ingredient. Imagine if you had no hope that this corona virus craziness would ever end. Imagine being laid off from your job with no hope of ever being hired back. Imagine trying to pour years of wisdom into your grandkids lives with no hope that they would ever grasp or understand,…

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Need Refreshment?

Passage: Proverbs 3:7-8 At Man Camp we did a polar plunge into the icy lake and it was freezing.  But wow, it zapped the tired right out of me.   For a few hours I felt so refreshed.  In Proverbs 3:8 it says, “It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones,” and…

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War Room

Last night I got to watch a great movie, War Room.  I highly recommend it.  It was a great reminder of a prevailing power tool we have in Christ to combat the struggles, pain, and confusion this world and Satan throws at us.  What is that mighty tool?  It’s prayer.  Now, I know that can…

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Things just keep getting worse and worse

Things just keep getting worse and worse.  Have you ever thought that before?  I was a junior high teacher for four years and one of my fellow teachers (who had been teaching for thirty years and wasn’t bitter) told me that her worst behaved student thirty years ago was comparable to her best-behaved student today.  …

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Deeper – March 6th, 2017

In this past week’s sermon, we saw Jesus do the unthinkable.  Instead of being disgusted and rejecting a contagious leper he was moved with compassion, reached out to the leper, touched him and healed him.  As everyone else was probably shouting frantically for the leper to get away and shuffling back in disgust and fear,…

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Be Encouraged – March 6th, 2017

I want wisdom!!  This is a constant prayer of mine.  I want wisdom in raising my kids, being a husband, friend, and pastor.  I want wisdom concerning God’s Word, fighting sin, and making choices.  No matter our age, experiences, or knowledge we all need wisdom.  Even in the things we know best or better than…

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Deeper – Feb. 27th, 2017

Blessed Healing & Suffering This past Sunday we were in Mark 1:29-39.  In this passage, we saw Jesus demonstrate his authority over the physical and the spiritual.  He healed Peter’s mother-in-law right after the Sabbath service and later that evening the people of Capernaum brought to him masses of sick people and the demon oppressed…

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Be Encouraged – Feb. 27th, 2017

Serve with your words!  So often when I think of serving God in a great way I think of going on a dangerous mission’s trip, preaching till I faint, or eradicating the financial burdens of others until I am financially burdened myself.  I think in very radical terms and there is nothing wrong with that. …

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Deeper – Feb. 21st, 2017

This past Sunday we were in Mark 1:21-28 and saw Jesus exercise his matchless authority concerning truth and the spiritual realm.  He entered into the synagogue in Capernaum, cracked open the Scriptures and spoke with authority.  He didn’t offer viewpoints.  No, as God, he presented the view, truth.  And whenever truth is proclaimed falsehood raises…

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Be Encouraged – Feb. 20th, 2017

 AM I EVER GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS?  Sometimes, no matter how much we try, it can feel like we are just grinding through life and always will.  Like that good string of days, months or even a couple year’s is never going to come.  It’s just always going to be miserable.  If anyone ever…

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Be Encouraged – Jan. 30th, 2017

WHY ARE YOU SUCH A FLAKE?  Have you ever thought that?  Maybe someone has forgotten about a meeting with you.  Maybe someone promised they would come support you and never showed.  We’ve all been there.  And dare I say, we’ve all been a flake at some point.  It is such an awful feeling when you…

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Be Encouraged – Jan. 16th, 2017

The prevalence of sexual sin in our culture today is off the charts.  You can’t even go on a general news website without some sexually charged article being thrust into your face.  It saturates the television and is beyond easy to access in this technologically driven world.   And what’s worse than its prevalence is its…

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Deeper – Jan. 16th, 2017

This past Sunday we were reminded of just how good the good news of Jesus Christ really is in Mark 1:1-8.  And in that reminder, we were introduced to John the Baptist who viewed Jesus Christ as the ultimate news.  And while we observed John the Baptist view of Christ we came across some interesting…

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Deeper – Jan. 3rd, 2017

This past week we finished our series in the book of Jonah. In Jonah 4 we got to see God’s grace poured out on Jonah all the more. Right after the people of Nineveh repented and God relented from the disaster they earned, Jonah was irate. The literal translation of Jonah 1:1 is, “It was…

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Be Encouraged – Dec. 27th, 2016

2017 IS ALMOST HERE!!  As the new year approaches I usually make a list of all the things I would like to accomplish.  Yeah, I am one of those people.  I love to set goals and go for it.  And no, I am usually not one of those people who say they are going to…

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Be Encouraged – Dec. 16th, 2016

What determines whether or not a person is valuable.  Is it physical beauty or ability?  Is it a bank number or assets?  Is it a specific personality or quirk?  Is it who they know or what they know?  Why should we care for other individuals or look at ourselves and never see ourselves as worthless…

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Be Encouraged – November 22nd, 2016

Hope is a vital ingredient for a worthwhile life. Just stop and think about life if there was no hope, nothing to look forward to. Imagine being in school with no hope that the lunch or final bell would finally ring. Imagine having a child with no hope that changing diapers stage would ever end.…

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Deeper – November 16th, 2016

This past Sunday we went through Philippians 4:20-23 and saw Paul end this letter of joy just as he started it in Phil. 1:1-2, with grace.  In verse 20 Paul praise our mighty God and then in verse 21 Paul graciously greeted everyone in the church.  Not just his click, the people who haven’t hurt…

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Be Encouraged – November 16th, 2016

IT’S PAYDAY!  Growing up this meant food was in the refrigerator again, there were snacks in the cupboards and either pizza was for dinner or ice cream was for dessert. Payday is almost always a good day except when you get less than what you were expecting or have outstanding bills that suck you dry…

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Be Encouraged – November 7th, 2016

Fear is everywhere and I’m tired of it.   I’m tired of fearing what our government is going to do to this country. I’m tired of fearing what people think of me.  I’m tired of fearing what man can do to me.  I’m tired of fearing mankind. Proverbs 29:25a says, “The fear of man brings a…

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Deeper – November 7th, 2016

In the past sermon on Philippians 4:10-20, we saw how we can replace our drama (drawing a ridiculous amount of attention on our incapability instead of God’s capability and making fools of ourselves) with joyful maturity when we practice what we preach, restrain our imagination, exercise contentment in Christ and sacrificially give like Christ. And…

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Be Encouraged – November 1st, 2016

I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!!! I say this so often.  Whether it’s in how to raise my kids, be a good husband, do my job, deal with family issues or be a good witness life is a challenge.  And right when I think I’ve got it all figured out life pops my prideful bubble…

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Deeper – November 1st, 2016

This past Sunday we went through Philippians 4:2-9.  And in this passage, we saw seven antidotes or seven powerful ways to combat the poison of disunity: getting passed our fear and addressing it (4:2), discernment (4:3), a longing for restoration (4:3), divine confidence (4:4), reasonable prayer (4:5-7), never losing sight of God’s blessings (4:8) and…

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Be Encouraged – October 25th, 2016

Whether you’re being disciplined or you have to discipline someone, it is difficult.  Even when you deserve it or know its right to give it discipline isn’t easy.  Every time my three-year-old son, John, misbehaves he either gives me the sweetest smile or throws in that sad lower lip and makes it so difficult.  I…

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Deeper – October 25th, 2016

A CALL TO PRAISE Last Sunday (10/23/2016) we took a break from our Philippians Series and dove into Psalms 150 which is all about, as the first line says, praising the LORD!  And when we came to the first line of verse two (Praise Him for His mighty acts…) we discussed our salvation.  How God…

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Deeper – October 6th, 2016

In our last sermon in our Philippians Series we reviewed verses one through three and went on to cover verses four through eleven in chapter three. In these verses we saw Paul emphatically denounce salvation by our works and proclaim beyond the shadow of a doubt that our salvation, or acceptance by God, is based…

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Be Encouraged – October 3rd, 2016

Have you ever just wanted to put a bag over your head you were so embarrassed? Whether it’s from tripping over myself, failing at a sports event, or stumbling over my words, I have embarrassed myself more times than I can count. By far, however, the moments that have been the most embarrassing is when…

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