Weekly Update 5.20.19

It made me laugh last night as I was texting someone from our congregation when they told me that I inspired their family during the sermon yesterday morning and they were going to spend their evening together… watching Thor Ragnarok!  While inspiration is the goal of most sermons, I’m not...

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Weekly Update 5.13.19

  It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a village to live for Christ. Over the past two weeks, life has been chaotic.  A good chaos but chaos nevertheless.  As many of you well know, there is no way to truly prepare to welcome a newborn into...

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Weekly Update 4.15.19

On Palm Sunday, the nation of Israel welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their long awaited king.  They  spread their coats on the ground like a modern-day red carpet and waved palm branches like modern-day foam fingers (ok, that might be a lose translation).  They shouted out “Hosanna,” which means  God...

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Weekly Update 4.8.19

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and...

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Weekly Update 4.1.19

Welcome to April! I thought about creating some elaborate April Fools’ joke to write about today but then realized none of you would ever trust anything I ever wrote again!  No, it is better to play it safe and not try to trick you today.  (Of course, those of you...

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Weekly Update 3.25.19

It’s hard to believe we are in the final week of March!  April is just around the corner with Easter and things are starting to turn green.  It was such a joy to get outside yesterday and enjoy nature! As we turn this final corner in our countdown to Easter,...

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Weekly Update 3.18.19

As we wrapped up 1 Peter yesterday and look toward Easter, I want to encourage you to join us this coming Sunday as Ben Hildebrand shares with us about the ministry being done in northern France.  We can so easily forget about the rest of the world and what God...

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Weekly Update 3.11.19

There is something wonderful about warmer temperatures and longer sunlight! This time of year is one of my favorites (with an extra strong pot of coffee in hand after the time change!).  The weather is beginning to change, the flowers are starting to poke through the dirt, and I suddenly...

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Weekly Update 3.4.19

As much as I dislike snow, I find myself really enjoying the beauty out my office window this morning.  One can’t help but enjoy the pristine elegance of white fields dotted by snow covered trees.  I know it will melt and turn to slush but for the moment even I,...

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Weekly Update 2.25.19

As we turn the corner into March this week, we enter into the countdown to Easter!  This is by far the biggest Sunday of the year for the Church around the world.  Easter, in fact, is the reason we gather week by week on Sundays.  Jesus arose on a Sunday...

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