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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Sometimes It Is About Us

In the days when cities were walled enclosures a wise man was sitting by the main gate.  A traveler came by and stopped to chat.  He asked what manner of people lived in the city.  The wise man answered by asking him what manner of people lived in the city he had come from.  The…

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Hail to the Victors

All over the world, Christians are under attack.  Here in the U.S., it’s mostly our ideas and beliefs taking hits.  Yet even here, an increasing number of God’s people are losing businesses, relationships, or jobs because of their faith.  In other parts of the world, Christians are being displaced or even killed.  Every day we…

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The Mind of Christ

Paul’s letter to the Philippians is a book worth reading.  In four chapters Paul gives us counsel, encouragement and direction to be the person God wants us to be, so we may daily experience His grace, mercy, and love.  To have courage, humility and the power to be able to do things we never thought…

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Procrastinating

Its 10:10 am Monday April 24th.  The due date for this elder insight.  I’ve had a couple of fleeting thoughts about what I might put down but not a prayerful thought.  So here it goes.  Hmm, nothing.  I’m not a true procrastinator but it does afflict me from time to time.   It’s now 10:50 and…

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Elder’s Insight – March 27th, 2017

Why Do We Minister? – Dave Wood What do you think about when you hear the word, “ministry”? Work? Obligation? Service? Sacrifice? Time? I can’t do this? This is GREAT! I can’t wait to do this again? I have recently been doing a study in Colossians, and this question was asked.  I think it’s a…

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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 at the first sign of disagreement.  Capable of being “aggrieved” or “triggered” by even the smallest offense, snowflakes flee people and ideas they find uncomfortable and seek solace in the company of like-minded souls.  Securely barricaded in…

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Elder’s Insights – Feb. 24th, 2017

Loving God’s People – Dean Peters Last evening Carleen and I were sitting in our four seasons room when she asked, what is that out there?  A fox?  I looked out to the field and sure enough it was a fox.  He was snacking on what appeared to be a mouse.  Foxes are not permanent…

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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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Elder’s Insights – Jan. 27th, 2017

Washing of Water With the Word – David Wood I’ve repeatedly told my kids, “You always have time for what is important to you.” Having said that, I hope what I’m about to say isn’t taken as a confession of priorities.  You see, I’m on a schedule with the other elders to write a blog…

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Elder Insights – Jan. 4th, 2017

Water and the Word Because of a lack of rain this past fall I had not mowed the lawn for over a month. As I mowed after a good rain I was amazed at how water had turned a dry brown lawn into a lush green lawn. As I mowed I began to think about…

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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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