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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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