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Pastor Column-Family puts children’s feet on path of life

Summer is a time of family reunions, which we look forward to for weeks and months. Parks and campgrounds are filled to capacity. What a joy to reunite with those we have not seen for a long time or those we have never met. Babies come into the world totally dependent on their parents for their every need. Quickly (or so it seems in hindsight) they learn, grow, and mature. A toddler’s view of life is properly centered in the family where parents teach, love and provide. Their world expands as they turn 5 and enter school. They are so happy, after a busy school day, to return home into the loving embrace of their mother and father. Their family becomes their place of security.

Pastor Column-, Pastor Columns-Is what’s cooking a jumble or did God make it?

The following statement has been floating around the Internet for several years. I am not sure to whom it should be attributed:

Pastor Column-It's important to worship God with others

Hey! Did you go to church this weekend? Not that many people do.

Pastor Column-It's past time for US to return to God

In the Bible, the book of Romans deals with the subject of sin, declaring in Romans 14:12 that “every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” This is not a welcome thought, in this day of non-accountability, even in the Christian realm. While we are busy writing our own Bible, God is preparing judgments upon a country that has forsaken Him and upon Christians who have “left their first love” Revelation 2:4, and entered into a “form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (II Timothy 3:5). Romans 3:10-18 describes our country as it has become, ending with “there is no fear of God before their eyes.” Is this not the case today? In recent decisions and rulings by our leaders, we can see the progression of sin upon sin. Our leaders themselves admit these actions are “further steps” toward more “freedoms,” which in actuality are further steps to more ungodliness. How our hearts ache to see how far we, as a nation, have gone from God.

Pastor Column-Just ask Jesus to come into your heart

The Bible term for the center of our inmost being is “heart.” The heart of man can be a very lonely place.

Pastor Column-Don't be scornful of someone who's struggling

Although I can be preoccupied when I read morning devotional literature, the 123rd Psalm always grabs my attention: “Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contentment of the proud.”

Pastor Column-Don't scorn someone who's struggling

Although I can be preoccupied when I read morning devotional literature, the 123rd Psalm always grabs my attention: “Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contentment of the proud.”

Pastor Column-Fathers really matter in their children's lives

Fathers and mothers are part of our lives. Each one of us comes from a father and a mother, and the biblical command is to honor both father and mother. Christians need to live in harmony with this commandment, and are reminded to do so in Ephesians 6:2-3, for to give honor to one’s parents is to enhance life.

Pastor Column-Heard the one about the whole body of Christ?

Have you heard this one yet? There were three people who attended a nursing home worship service: the agnostic, the Alzheimer’s patient, and the good Christian.

Pastor Column-Why go to church, listen to a sermon?

Good sermon, Pastor.” Sometimes we hear this encouraging comment after a church service.

Pastor Column-How do you want to be remembered?

Today is the Sunday before Memorial Day and we all have an opportunity to pause and remember the brave men and women who have gone before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice to procure and preserve our cherished national freedoms. Originally designed as a day to commemorate those who gave their lives during the Civil War, both Union and Confederate, it was later expanded, especially after World War I, to include those who had given their lives in other conflicts as well. As the 20th century progressed, it became a time for all of us to remember those we love, particularly family members who have preceded us in death.

Pastor Column-There's a saboteur — and it's one of us

In “World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements,” by John Hunter, the author and game deviser tells of adding a saboteur to the game. Only he and the saboteur know who that is. The other players believe he or she only plays the designated role. Having a saboteur in the game causes the players to come up with strategies to counter the saboteur’s actions. They have to reach more deeply into their intellectual and emotional selves.

Pastor Column-Let God reframe your perspective

Perspective is an interesting thing. I read somewhere that the window you choose to look out determines your reality.

Pastor Column-Everyone can know Jesus is the Savior

About a month ago we celebrated Easter. It is natural during the Easter season to turn our thoughts toward the Savior, Jesus Christ — His life and teachings, His resurrection, and His glorious Atonement. However, as the holiday passes, it is all too easy to fall back into complacency regarding our relationship with the Savior.

Pastor Column-Christians emphasize compassion

Among the ancient Greeks and Romans, compassion for the sick and dying was rare. Plato said that the poor man who was too sick to work should be left to die. One Roman philosopher said that you prolong a beggar’s misery if you give him food and drink. For a good 600 years, Romans were entertained by gladiators being stabbed to death in the arenas. The early Christians came into this compassionless culture with surprising acts of mercy.