July Pastor’s Message

Our nation’s original 13 colonies felt the need to explain to a watching world why they decided to declare their independence from Great Britain – the king was not acting like the lawful monarch of a free people, but like a tyrant. Because of their commitment to liberty, we can

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June Pastor’s Message

Mitch Albom, the author of the international best-seller Tuesdays with Morrie, wrote a short article for Father’s Day titled “When did fathers become expendable?” Albom described what happened on a recent exchange on The View, an ABC show with a massive female audience: A guest host, an actor named Terry

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May Pastor’s Message

I remember ads for “Lee Press-On Nails.” For a small investment of money and time, you too could have long, strong, beautiful nails. They would save you the frustration and impatience of trying to grow your own. But the danger of press-on nails may outweigh the benefit, especially in the

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April Pastor’s Message

After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to various groups of his disciples over forty days. So why didn’t he appear to the Jewish leaders, or to Pilate, and prove that he was who he said he was? I believe it has to do with faith. Those leaders didn’t believe in him

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March Pastor’s Message

For the last twenty years or so, Joe has returned to this same plot of ground at about this same time of year – middle Spring – and every year he’s amazed at how much dead and dried out “stuff” has accumulated. He can’t really till, or fertilize, or plant,

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February Pastor’s Message

The Beatitudes contain some of the world’s most sublime ethical teaching. Like the Ten Commandments, they often adorn our wall plaques and posters. We sometimes say to each other, “If only people would live by these, the world would be a much better place.” But people who try to actually

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January Pastor’s Message

Every January, the Pennsylvania Farm Show hosts a “sheep-to-shawl” competition. At first it’s exciting – strips of wool sheared off docile (but unhappy) sheep, lots of action. But soon the process settles into a rhythm, become almost routine. Watching crowds drift away to grab something to eat, or visit other

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November Pastor’s Message

In a recent sermon, a North Carolina pastor expressed real fear that the political extremes in our country are trying to either “take God out of America” or “make God out of America.” Both extremes are dangerous for our future. We are facing one of the most polarizing elections in

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October Pastor’s Message

I was telling the story of the three Hebrew men in the fiery furnace to some of our Day Care children, when one of them asked, “What’s an idol?” They didn’t quite understand the idea of “bowing to an idol” and why that was so bad. We can fall prey

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September Pastor’s Message

Scores killed in Italian earthquake! Afghanistan war re-escalating! Police officers killed in Dallas ambush! Are these “signs of the times”? Is the Second Coming imminent? One famous theologian said we should read the Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other (as history unfolds we can see prophecies

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