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Pastor Column-Resolve to do better, be more like Christ

As I walked out to my car early in the month of December, I noticed that there was a piece of paper tucked underneath one of the wiper blades. Upon further investigation, I found a candy cane taped to the paper and the message “You have been “RACK”ed. I had received a Random Act of Christmas Kindness.

Pastor Column-Is your church ready for company?

I went into Wal-Mart the other day, and was struck by something so obvious and so simple most would never give it second thought. It is a natural extension of simple human consideration — being helpful. A shopping cart — yes a shopping cart. Sam Walton knew how to grow a business, and it began with a little hospitality.

Pastor Column-Take active steps to follow God in 2015

A new year dawns, and with it a flurry of emotions, decisions, pressures, hopes and dreams. Many are glad to be rid of 2014, while others have fond memories. Only God knows what 2015 will bring, and maybe drawing near to Him is the best resolution you can make.

Pastor Column-Rely on God to help you keep your New Year's resolutions

Christmas is behind us and New Year’s Day is next. The old year, with its record of the past, is coming to an end. The new year, with all its possibilities, will soon be ushered in.

Pastor Column-Birth of Jesus foreshadowed suffering

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).

Pastor Column-Let's keep on keeping Christmas well

I saw this posted from an online friend of mine: “’Twas the month after Christmas, and all through the house, nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

Pastor Column-Christmas carols express joy at birth of Jesus

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The chief reason why we celebrate his birth is because of what he did as an adult, not as a baby or child. There are millions of birth dates our nation does not remember, although every newborn is lovely and cuddly. Yet we celebrate the births of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King because of what they accomplished in their adult lives.

Pastor Column-God's Christmas gift to us is Jesus Christ

Perhaps you have heard the ancient maxim about the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, often attributed to Augustine: “The New is in the Old concealed, and the Old is in the New revealed.” The unity of the two Testaments is upheld through typology, which discerns in God’s works of the Old Testament prefigurations of what He accomplished in the fullness of time in the Person of His incarnate Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. It has been said that the best way to study the Bible is to “look for Jesus.”

Pastor Column-Don't leave Christ out of Christmas

Once upon a time, a community greatly benefited from the heroic and unselfish act of one of its citizens.

Pastor Column-Being truly thankful can be a bit tricky

s we approach this year’s Thanksgiving, the old song about this time of year that for most of my life didn’t seem to fit might actually apply this year. You know the song with its words, “Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go ...” This year we might actually have snow — doubtfully enough for a horse-drawn sleigh or that many of us have those any more, but the early snow might put us in more of a mood for Thanksgiving.

Pastor Column-Come hear from Jesus, ‘the least of these’

I’m on journal No. 139, which means I’ve been at it a long time. My journal is my friend, my confidant, my confessor, the one who reflects back so I can see who I am. Needless to say, it is for my eyes only.

Pastor Column-Jackhammers and Jesus: Lots in common

I remember the first time I used a jackhammer. I was a pretty excited 15 year old who was given the distinct honor of using the massive 90 pound tool even though there were many more experienced individuals on the job. Oddly, they were happy to allow me to take the best job. Before long, I found out why.

Pastor Column-Aren't you glad God gave us the Sabbath?

A rather strange fact of human life is the weekly cycle. Where did it come from?

Pastor Column-Sukkot, huts, homelessness and hope

Today is a special moment for Jewish people. Today we emerge from the intense period of introspection that lasted 10 days from Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) to Saturday’s Yom Kippur (the Day of Repentance), and we now move into a week focusing on the complex impermanence of our existence. We do this through our celebration of the holiday of Sukkot.

Pastor Column-Yes, indeed, the Bible is authentic

We call it a book, but in reality it is not a book; it is a collection of 66 books and letters under one cover. The book is the Holy Bible. It has been cussed and discussed down through the centuries, and even today. It has been condemned, burned and has been forbidden to be read — even under penalty of death.

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