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A message to American worryers

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The big, scary monster that was Election 2016 is no more!  You just Amen-ed, didn’t you? This past Sunday our church observed All Saints Sunday.  One of the readings for that service was from Daniel 7, his dream of the four beasts.  Of the dream, Daniel says, “my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me.”  Seeing how this was the Sunday before Election Tuesday, I noticed how easy it was for all of us to relate to how Daniel felt.  So many of us have worried…read more

Bible Study Death by Devotional

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When it comes to the Bible, if there’s one thing that drives a pastor crazy it’s that many people in the church don’t make time to read, study and meditate on scripture.  If there are two things that drive this pastor crazy it’s 1) see the previous sentence and 2) many who do read the Bible are content with the sound bite versions they read. This isn’t anything new.  And many have often complained.  I, for one, have been preaching for years about Bible Study Death By Devotional. Is it good to use…read more

Just keep listening, just keep listening

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If following God seems strange to you sometimes, you’re not alone. Let’s be honest. This Jesus stuff is other worldly. But if we would learn to follow where God’s Spirit leads us, we’ll experience the joy God intends for us–no, not Matt Damon! ++If you’re reading by email or news reader, click here to watch.++ Stay blessed…john

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Got no respect?

Posted by in church, Faith

Through no fault of their own, other than being nice and actually reading, some people thought the post I wrote last week was a rant about being a young pastor.  Oh, I could rant, but, perhaps, I went on a tad too much about the age thing and unintentionally led them that way.  But it was in the context of a conversation about my young age that got me thinking about the real topic of that post.  The post was about seeking respect. Or maybe it was about priorities. It’s worth bringing up…read more

Make That Change, Or Not

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You can’t always make a change, but you can always make a difference (Luke 19:7-10). This is the message that came to me after I learned I’d be moving churches this year.  You see, there are things at my current church I know need to change.  These are things that would catapult the members into fruitful ministry.  Some of them would entail major changes to the way the church thinks and acts.  Others would be minor changes that we would all look at and say, “Oh, I can do that.” And they’re all…read more

Where does the comma belong?

Posted by in church, Faith

For the last couple of weeks, our church has hosted this year’s Lenten soup dinner and worship. There have been 60+ people that have attended each week, mostly Lutherans and Methodists—there has to be a joke in there somewhere.  We’re hoping this is a time where our community churches can come together. Last night, for dinner, the love of my life made look like a renowned chef. Everyone loved the chicken soup I made that she told me how to make (Thanks, Boo!). She didn’t, however, help me with worship….read more