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His Question

His question caught me off guard. We were waiting a few minutes before I performed the wedding ceremony for him and his lovely bride. He had recently joined the church after attending for several months. He knew I spelled my last name with a "ph" instead of a "v" and that I grew up in Hobart. "Was Rex your brother?" "Yes he was. How did you know Rex?" "We were in rehab tog...

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Keep Heaven in God's Perspective

As parents, Sandy and I want to make sure we teach our kids that actions have consequences. When reason allows, we offer them choices. It may sound like, "Right now you have two choices: you can either stop throwing a fit, lay down, and go to sleep, or you can keep throwing a fit and get a consequence (and you'll still have to go to sleep), which will you choose?" Too many...

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His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Everything was going as planned. Nancy and I had delayed our evening walk with Freckles due to the elevated temperature. Once a few shadows began to appear, we began the daily loop around our neighborhood. I started the practice several dogs ago as a means of personal stress relief at the end of the day. The tradition continues. When we headed up one street, I noticed two ...

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Summertime

It's that time of year again . . . summer! For my young family that means sunscreen, bug spray, popsicles, pool floaties, ball games, more sunscreen, more bug spray, cook outs, camping, vacation, more sunscreen, more bug spray . . . At my house we take every precaution to avoid two things in the summertime: sunburns and bug bites. For our outdoor loving family the summer ...

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A New Song

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord." Psalm 40:3 There is incredible power in song. I am so very thankful for a church that lifts Him up when we meet together. Whether we sing a psalm, hymn, or spiritual song (Eph. 5:19), our voices proclaiming His goodness magnifies the Lord as we recognize th...

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Dog Tales 2

Through the years, I have illustrated sermons and articles with the activities and antics of the dogs that happen to be residing in our back yard. I would not consider myself to be a "dog lover" like some people I have known. I am a dog owner who appreciates the loyalty and laughs provided by my four-legged companions. If I raised Hereford cattle, I probably would write ab...

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Thanks Be To God

The first time I knew what he looked like was when the funeral home sent me his picture, along with the obituary I was recruited to read. His family brought his body back for burial after he lost a lengthy battle with cancer. He was eighty-seven years old. My role in the memorial service was minimal. Nevertheless, I wept.Allow me to explain. I don't always cry when I preac...

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Celebrate Recovery

This past week, we celebrated the one year mark of our Celebrate Recovery ministry. It has been such a great ministry, and God has blessed in so many ways. I want to say a huge "Thank You" to all those who have helped keep things running weekly. Our leadership team has been unbelievably instrumental. We have also had over 40 people volunteer to bring snacks and help with c...

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Many Thanks

The last 12 years have gone by at an interesting pace. On one hand it seems like we just got here, and on the other hand it seems like we have always been here. You all made it very easy for me to transition from being a Youth Minister to being a Minister of Education and Minister to University Students. Your willingness to serve, volunteer, help, lead, and whatever else n...

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I Love Being Your Pastor

I delight in serving as your pastor. Through the years God has woven my heart together with yours as we have done life together. At a recent funeral, I began counting the widows in attendance who had previously been on the front row while I led in a similar service. I stopped counting at five. As the soloist continued, I thought about the men who are with Christ and the ch...

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