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Pastor Column-For Lent, I'm working on loving people I just don't like

Loving the people I don’t like. That was my Lenten discipline last year, and it is again this year. I’ve not made much progress in the last 12 months.

Pastor Column-When we value 'our children,' education system will improve

It began with a casual conversation in which I’d said, “Finland is number one in the world in education.”

Pastor Column-So, why should you go back to church?

I love the local church. It is God’s desire that it reflect His love and outreach to people He loves so much, He sent His only Son to lay down His life for them. Keeping that in mind, you have the chance to make 2015 all that you and God have hoped it would be. Here are 5 great reasons to come back to church:

Pastor Column-David Hume: No miracles allowed

The Bible speaks of miracles and divine signs associated with the life of Jesus. His resurrection to new life after death was an extraordinary event that has the highest existential import. That means that if it really happened then it makes a huge difference for you and me. Because it matters to the highest degree whether this man really was God’s decisive revelation and made possible our ultimate restoration to God’s presence, people are either interested in investigating the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection or avoiding it altogether.

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.