April Pastor’s Message

Every Easter, chocolate makes a grand appearance in many different forms – bunnies, eggs, chicks, crosses – Wait, chocolate crosses?! I’m not suggesting that it’s blasphemous, but it is ironic – a symbol of self-indulgence meets the ultimate symbol of self-denial. Chocolate – that morsel of instant gratification, which prompted

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March Pastor’s Message

Janice and I always enjoy the Winter Olympics – the thrill of our favorites getting the gold, and the heartbreak of a loss measured in thousandths of a second. This year we’ve even gotten familiar with new events and terms, like “halfpipe” and “big air.” There’s a sadness to know

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February Pastor’s Message

During January, Janice (with some help from me) has been putting away the last of the Christmas decorations and putting up the everyday things. The house is much less festive, and the short days seem a little bleaker. And it’s only the beginning of February! It’s one of the reasons

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January Pastor’s Message

“Make good choices.” It’s a recent phrase of encouragement often uttered by parents as their kids head out the door at the beginning of the day. “Make good choices.” It’s often easier said than done. We don’t always know which choice is better; and even when we do, we can

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December Pastor’s Message

(Ever feel like your Christmas spirit is on par with this cat’s?) Whether Christmas season has you feeling excited, nostalgic, stressed, sad, or BROKE, we’d love to invite you to see Christmas in a new light this year. In fact, that’s what we’re talking about in our upcoming Christmas series,

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November Pastor’s Message

A recent bulletin insert had the following quote, which I think bears repeating: “There are many definitions of agape, but the best I know is in one of Edward Nason West’s books: agape means ‘a profound concern for the welfare of another without any desire to control that other, to

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October Pastor’s Message

At the wedding feast in the little village of Cana, where Jesus’ mother had been invited (she may have been related to the wedding party, in such a small community), the hosts ran out of wine. Such a social blunder could be held against the family for a long time,

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September Pastor’s Message

September… where did the summer go? “The kids are heading back to school.” That sentence conjures a host of images, from back-to-school sales to bus schedules to gearing up for a non-stop fall season. But the focus of “school” is not all these other images, the focus is “learning.” Not

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August Pastor’s Message

I still remember the first time I heard the phrase “slow as the second coming.” I was fourteen at the time. The man who said it, did not claim to be a believer; when he said it, he feared that he had offended me, and he quickly apologized. I wasn’t

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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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