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Don’t Get Stuck Remodeling the Airport Bathroom

This illustration really struck me this week.  When you have a layover at an airport, you do not ...

“Give Me Prayer or Give Me Death” ?

We have all heard the famous words of Patrick Henry: "Give me liberty or give me death." Those ...

Sin and Cleansing

The Disgustingness Of Sin Two weeks ago, I got this text from my wife: But when I got ...

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 ...

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, ...

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.  ...

When Trials & Enemies are Crushing

It may be a new year, but my trials, temptations, inadequacies, and enemies didn’t get the memo.  They ...

Pray over the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Case

In 1973 Roe v. Wade forced every state to legalize abortion up to “viability” at 28 weeks. In ...

Is God Faithful?

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great ...

Die to Sin, Live unto Christ

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above,Where Christ is, seated at the right ...

Be Encouraged

“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, ...

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 ...

Where is our Hope

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, ...

Where is our Hope

“Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my ...

The Cost of Following Jesus

We live in a world that is consumed with safety.  Many have said, and I am in full ...

Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 6)

“Help me, O Lord my God!Save me according to your steadfast love!Let them know that this is your hand; you, O Lord, ...

Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 5)

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits and in His Word I hope.” ~ Psalm 130:5 The ...

We Were Made For This

“We were made for this!”.  Have you ever heard someone say that? Have you ever said it yourself? ...

Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 4)

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the ...

Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 3)

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, ...

Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 2)

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.” ~ Psalm 100:1 Psalm 100 is one of my favorite passages ...

Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 1)

“Praise the Lord.  I will extol the Lord with all my heart    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.” ~ ...

Teams for the Gospel

This past Sunday, we started our Six Week Tract Challenge.  For the next six weeks we will be giving a ...

Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your ...

Take a time-out!

“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while ...

Want Joy?

Right now, there are so many things vying for our attention and time that are both frustrating and ...

It’s Time For a Change

“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that ...

Death is not the end

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that ...

Share the Gospel

Today, tragedy is all over America and that tragedy has affected and will continue to affect our lives. ...

Time to Pray!

As many of you have seen, over the past couple of weeks there has been unrest and violence ...

We all run somewhere

Most of my days tend to be incredibly busy.  Whether it’s getting school done, doing ministry things, or ...

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 ...

The Power of Prayer

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the ...

When You Experience Anxiety…

“Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we ...

Hope is essential.

Think about life without it.  Nothing to look forward to.  No fun dreams about planting your garden and ...

Memorial Day 2020

For Christians, the day serves as a vivid reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that was paid for our ...

It’s time to Unite

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you ...

Leaving A Legacy

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your ...

The Light

I was sitting in my living room looking out my bay window.  The sun was shining through the bottom ...

Doing what’s right in difficult times

On Saturday, a group of about a dozen men and women from FBC came together to help Doug ...

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 ...

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, ...

Blessings

Good Morning Everyone,  I would like to share some of my thoughts with you. In our world today ...

Praying in Hard Times

About a year ago when I seriously started exploring becoming an elder, I never expected to be involved ...

Waiting here for you

"Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!"~ Psalm 27:14 ...

Proverbs 7

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you;Keep my commandments and live; keep my ...

Do I Have Enough?

Do I have enough toilet paper, hand sanitizer, food, and money in the bank to get through this ...

Greetings

Like many of you, I've been working from home for several weeks.  Much of my day is made ...

My Bible can do what?

What you hold in your hands is something powerful.  The Bible is more than a good book, it's ...

Refocus, Repent, Relish

These are three words that I needed to hear today.  I sat in my chair this morning on ...

Why God?

I ask/tell/yell that question frequently.  I've asked it in anger due to writhing heart and physical pain.  I ...

Basics

As some of you know, I've made a career out of working with computers. Starting in the early ...

When Sorrow is More Than I Can Bear

"Preserve me, O God, for in You I take refuge."     ~ Psalm16:1 Have you ever felt ...

Fighting Inward Focus

I have given some thought on Terry Freed's story of his recent visit to Sam's Club.  The thrust ...

Needing Wisdom

I need wisdom!  Wisdom is the ability to discern and apply truth in a constructive way and I ...

Idle Hands

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love ...

Speak Life

Have ever been so embarrassed you wanted to put a bag over your head, or curl up and ...

Who Are You Listening To?

"The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts."~ Psalm 46:6 You are undoubtedly ...

Missed Opportunities

On Friday morning at 8:30, I found myself heading for Sam's Club to pick up groceries Carla had ...

Be Humble and Pray

"Mike Pence mocked for praying with coronavirus task force at White House"https://www.christianpost.com/news/mike-pence-mocked-for-praying-coronavirus-task-force-white-house.html It should come as no surprise ...

A Stone of Remembrance

"Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; ...

When Your Faith Seems Dry

Psalm 42 & 63 "As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O ...

Our plans, God’s plans

When I woke up on Monday, I had a plan.  I was going to get to the office ...

I Am With You

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases predicts 100,000-200,000 deaths from ...

You are called to be salty!

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness ...

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 ...

Is this ever going to end?

IS THIS EVER GOING TO END?  Sometimes, no matter how much we try, it can feel like we ...

If I just had more money

IF I JUST HAD MORE MONEY!  The corona virus is making the financial markets to go haywire, keeping ...

Hope in the midst of uncertainty

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." - Hebrews 11:1I ...

Showing Up

WHY ARE YOU SUCH A FLAKE?  Have you ever thought that?  Maybe someone has forgotten to meet you. ...

Hope When Things Seem Hopeless

Hope is a vital ingredient. Imagine if you had no hope that this corona virus craziness would ever ...

Sometimes It Is About Us

In the days when cities were walled enclosures a wise man was sitting by the main gate.  A ...

Need Refreshment?

Passage: Proverbs 3:7-8 At Man Camp we did a polar plunge into the icy lake and it was ...

Hail to the Victors

All over the world, Christians are under attack.  Here in the U.S., it’s mostly our ideas and beliefs ...

The Mind of Christ

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a book worth reading.  In four chapters Paul gives us counsel, encouragement ...

Vision is looking past the obstacles and embracing the possibilities

Having just completed a study of the book of John, I perceived a challenge for us at FBC ...

War Room

Last night I got to watch a great movie, War Room.  I highly recommend it.  It was a ...

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 ...

Procrastinating

Its 10:10 am Monday April 24th.  The due date for this elder insight.  I’ve had a couple of ...

Elder’s Insight – March 27th, 2017

Why Do We Minister? - Dave Wood What do you think about when you hear the word, “ministry”? ...

Elder’s Insight – March 10th, 2017

Snowflakes – Paul Wegner We’ve heard a lot lately about “emotional snowflakes”.  They’re men and women who melt ...

Deeper – March 6th, 2017

In this past week’s sermon, we saw Jesus do the unthinkable.  Instead of being disgusted and rejecting a ...

Be Encouraged – March 6th, 2017

I want wisdom!!  This is a constant prayer of mine.  I want wisdom in raising my kids, being ...

Deeper – Feb. 27th, 2017

Blessed Healing & Suffering This past Sunday we were in Mark 1:29-39.  In this passage, we saw Jesus ...

Be Encouraged – Feb. 27th, 2017

Serve with your words!  So often when I think of serving God in a great way I think ...

Elder’s Insights – Feb. 24th, 2017

Loving God’s People – Dean Peters Last evening Carleen and I were sitting in our four seasons room ...

Deeper – Feb. 21st, 2017

This past Sunday we were in Mark 1:21-28 and saw Jesus exercise his matchless authority concerning truth and ...

Be Encouraged – Feb. 20th, 2017

 AM I EVER GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS?  Sometimes, no matter how much we try, it can feel ...

Where God Has Blessed

About 17 years ago I signed up for a men’s retreat to attend Camp Barakel over a fall ...

Be Encouraged – Jan. 30th, 2017

WHY ARE YOU SUCH A FLAKE?  Have you ever thought that?  Maybe someone has forgotten about a meeting ...

Elder’s Insights – Jan. 27th, 2017

Washing of Water With the Word - David Wood I’ve repeatedly told my kids, “You always have time ...

Be Encouraged – Jan. 16th, 2017

The prevalence of sexual sin in our culture today is off the charts.  You can’t even go on ...

Deeper – Jan. 16th, 2017

This past Sunday we were reminded of just how good the good news of Jesus Christ really is ...

Elder Insights – Jan. 4th, 2017

Water and the Word Because of a lack of rain this past fall I had not mowed the ...

Deeper – Jan. 3rd, 2017

This past week we finished our series in the book of Jonah. In Jonah 4 we got to ...

Be Encouraged – Jan. 3rd, 2017

IT’S NO SECRET! We all tend to want more out of life. That feeling of “lack” can be ...

Be Encouraged – Dec. 27th, 2016

2017 IS ALMOST HERE!!  As the new year approaches I usually make a list of all the things ...

Be Encouraged – Dec. 16th, 2016

What determines whether or not a person is valuable.  Is it physical beauty or ability?  Is it a ...

Be Encouraged – Dec. 5th, 2016

What is your “go to place?”  You know that place where you can blow off steam, think clearly, ...

Elder’s Insights – December 5th, 2016

The Christmas season resurrects many traditions and memories that we look forward to or not. There are holiday ...

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 ...

Be Encouraged – November 22nd, 2016

Hope is a vital ingredient for a worthwhile life. Just stop and think about life if there was ...

Deeper – November 16th, 2016

This past Sunday we went through Philippians 4:20-23 and saw Paul end this letter of joy just as ...

Be Encouraged – November 16th, 2016

IT’S PAYDAY!  Growing up this meant food was in the refrigerator again, there were snacks in the cupboards ...

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 ...

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 ...

Deeper – November 7th, 2016

In the past sermon on Philippians 4:10-20, we saw how we can replace our drama (drawing a ridiculous ...

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 ...

Deeper – November 1st, 2016

This past Sunday we went through Philippians 4:2-9.  And in this passage, we saw seven antidotes or seven ...

Elder Insights – October 25th, 2016

“The Devil Made Me Do It” Have you ever used this phrase when caught in a slip up ...

Be Encouraged – October 25th, 2016

Whether you’re being disciplined or you have to discipline someone, it is difficult.  Even when you deserve it ...

Deeper – October 25th, 2016

A CALL TO PRAISE Last Sunday (10/23/2016) we took a break from our Philippians Series and dove into ...

Deeper – October 6th, 2016

In our last sermon in our Philippians Series we reviewed verses one through three and went on to ...

Be Encouraged – October 3rd, 2016

Have you ever just wanted to put a bag over your head you were so embarrassed? Whether it’s ...

Elder’s Insights – September 30th, 2016

Quick - in just a few words - explain the essence of the Gospel. Ready, Set, Go! ........... ...

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