Pastor’s Blog

5 Reminders from the Snow

5 Reminders from the Snow

re you growing weary of winter? I sure am. My laptop screen is festooned with a picture of some beach, somewhere. It welcomes me each morning when I...

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Join the Family

Join the Family

esus’ words didn’t always smell like roses. Actually, He was notorious for saying some very offensive things, especially to those with little love for...

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So, Christian, How Do We Change?

So, Christian, How Do We Change?

A Blast from the Past It’s a windy, brisk morning atop Mount Carmel. The green valley below slowly peeks through the dense fog, barely visible from the mountain above.  This...

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Christmas is a Love Story

Christmas is a Love Story

ou and I have something in common: we desire to love and be loved. This is what drives us to make the Netflix and Hallmark Channel choices we make. It’s...

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Why I Need Christmas

Why I Need Christmas

ell (sigh), what a year 2020 has been. A global pandemic, an election for the history books, a rush on grocery stores, online school, drive-by parties,...

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Why I Thank God for my Church

Why I Thank God for my Church

he Pilgrims came to America in search of religious freedom during the reign of King James I of England. Most were also known as “Puritans” because they...

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Do Guardian Angels Exist?

Do Guardian Angels Exist?

n 2001, my wife and I could have died. Well, we may never know for sure, but the odds were high. Here’s the story... As newlyweds, we delivered...

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8 Reasons to Believe the Bible

8 Reasons to Believe the Bible

Whether or not you’ve ever read any portion of it, you’ve likely heard of the Bible. Washington, D.C. tourists are invited into The Museum of the Bible. America has a Bible...

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6 Pro Tips for Your News

6 Pro Tips for Your News

Where do you primarily get your news? Are you a TV news connoisseur? A Gazette subscriber? More of a Twitter or Facebook news aficionado? A Google News enthusiast? Talk...

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8 Tips for Social Media

8 Tips for Social Media

Which platform do you use most... Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Snapshot? TikTok? Myspace? If you picked Myspace, I want to meet you. You’re likely the most faithful person...

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4 Descriptions of a Hero-Maker

4 Descriptions of a Hero-Maker

Whose face comes to mind when you hear the word hero? Maybe a dad, a mom, a grandparent, a veteran, a civil rights advocate, or a first-responder? Now, envision a particular...

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A Dad’s Highest Calling

A Dad’s Highest Calling

Having just celebrated Father’s Day with our three children, I’m intrigued by the question... “What is a dad’s highest calling?” Is it to make sure my children make straight...

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If You Were God…?

If You Were God…?

By Matt Friend If you were God, what would your global agenda be? For a few moments, let’s set aside our political persuasions to feel the implications of that question. For...

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What is Faith? A True Story

What is Faith? A True Story

By Matt Friend The following story is based on true events found in the Bible’s New Testament. (Mark 5:21-43)  Almost exactly 1,990 years ago, the respected Rabbi—Jesus of...

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4 Facts about Fear

4 Facts about Fear

By Matt Friend Several weeks ago, I had an unusual encounter with fear. Like a wrong turn into a dark alley, life’s GPS seemed to unexpectedly glitch and brought me face to...

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6 Christmas Myths of the Magi

6 Christmas Myths of the Magi

By Matt Friend The Christmas story is a true story. History, logic, fulfilled prophecy, and the spiritual experience of changed lives have left behind a smoking gun....

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