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A Pastor's Pandemic Concerns

April 3, 2020 by: Kevin Burkholder

For this week's blog entry I prepared a short video. My hope is to share some pastoral concerns and challenges in the midst of a global pandemic. I am one pastor and one voice. I intend these thoughts for your consideration today, but certainly not to cover every last... Keep Reading

There’s a new song called “Smile” by a band named Sidewalk Prophets.  The chorus says this: There’s always a reason To always choose joy There’s something deeper That the world can’t destroy Smile, when you think you can&r... Keep Reading

Pursuing Purpose

March 20, 2020 by: Doug Knox

Matthew 25:14-30 Why We Have a Purpose A friend told me once, “I just wish God would give me his plan for my life.  What does God want me to do with my life?”    This lament expresses a longing for purpose, the realiza... Keep Reading

Sincerely, Searching

March 13, 2020 by: Ryan Lawrence

A couple of weeks ago at my house, a very normal incident occured; my youngest daughter was singing and dancing in the living room. I noticed, among the frivolity, that upon my daughter’s wrist was a shiny bracelet. I thought it looked like the one that my wife ... Keep Reading

Five Things About God for Friday

March 6, 2020 by: Kevin Burkholder

Maybe this "average" Friday has you feeling blah. Let me challenge your blah with five wonderful truths about God. 1. He calls. Not like He actually picks up the phone and calls you. Many believers and unbelievers alike would love that. Instead, over and over in Scr... Keep Reading

Prayer

February 28, 2020

Everyone prays. It may be a mumbled “help me with this test, help so-and-so be ok, I’ll do anything you want if you will help me”.  We’ve all said them. You don’t have to be a Christian to pray. I’m sure at one time or another ... Keep Reading

The Words of Apology

February 21, 2020 by: Doug Knox

Hosea 14:1-3 What a Sincere Apology Needs We all know lame apologies when we hear them.  Whenever anyone says, “I’m really apologetic about feelings being hurt,” or, “I’m sorry if I offended anyone,” or, “I’m... Keep Reading

Paddler or Passenger

February 14, 2020 by: Ryan Lawrence

“It was all God.” I hear people say that usually in reference to some ministry success or the victory in a person’s own life. I think I generally get the implication of what the person is saying, but the analytical part of my brain starts to tug on m... Keep Reading

Preparing for Sunday's Message

January 31, 2020 by: Kevin Burkholder

This Sunday we will cover the rest of Genesis 21. The last thirteen verses (vs. 22-34) contain a story unfamiliar in many ways. First, most people don't know it as the most famous Bible story of Genesis, or even chapter 21. Second, Abimelech and Phicol don't stand ou... Keep Reading

How to be Wrong - Part 1

January 16, 2020 by: Doug Knox

1 Kings 22:1-40 What is the first thing we must do in order to make an apology?  The answer is not to humble yourself.  Before that even occurs, we must be wrong.  One of the most important realizations we can make is that our track record o... Keep Reading