Pastor’s Blog – April 3rd

Dear Family of Christ,Saturday of Holy Week is a bit strange in the scriptures. Nothing happens in the Gospels. Jesus is laid in the tomb before sundown on Friday and nobody goes to the tomb on the Sabbath day of Saturday. The day in the Old Testament started at sundown and went until the next sundown. It is not until Sunday morning when...

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Pastor’s Blog – April 2nd

Dear Family of Christ,                                Good Friday      In this season of Lent we have reached the focal point of what Jesus was leading up to during his entire ministry in the events of Good Friday and Easter.  In tonight’s service we are going to contrast 3 times people spoke about Jesus at this time with the seven times recorded that Jesus...

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Pastor’s Blog – April 1st

Dear Family of Christ, Maundy Thursday They went to a place called Gethsemane. Jesus knew Judas and the guards were on their way to arrest him. Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. "My soul is overwhelmed with...

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Pastor’s Blog – March 31st

Dear Family of Christ,During this Holy Week, one of the more unusual days for this week is today which I have heard called Spy Wednesday. It has been called this at differing times in the history of the Church. It is because on this day Judas made an agreement with the chief priests to betray Jesus and looked for an opportunity...

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Pastor’s Blog – March 29th

Dear Family of Christ,                                                                        It was great yesterday to see a few more faces in Church as we celebrated Palm Sunday. This week has reminded me of last year when everything was shut and services only virtual. It is great to see so many people who have had the vaccine and things returning a little closer to normal. We always need to...

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Pastor’s Blog – March 15th

Dear Family of Christ,Today is known as the Ides of March (March 15). It was known in the Roman world as a sacred day and this day was known as a day to settle all debts. In 44 BC the Emperor Julius Caesar was assassinated in the Roman Senate. It was a power struggle between the collective group of the Senate and the...

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Pastor’s Blog – Dec. 4th

Dear Family of Christ, This morning I was able to speak about the eternal blessings of Jesus as we laid into the ground the fleshly remains of one of our members Martha Clark.  Martha loved to sing and has blessed us with her voice throughout the years.  I mentioned this morning that she was brought into an incredible choir in...

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Pastor’s Blog – Dec. 1st

Dear Family of Christ Member,This past week we were thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us all during 2020.   Thanksgiving is the theme of the month of November which allows us time to reflect on the past year and celebrate with those we cherish the most - family and friends! The year has been the most unique...

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Pastor’s Blog – Nov. 27th

Dear Family of Christ,  It is Black Friday morning and there are no lines in the stores, except maybe in the checkout lines at Amazon and on-line. This weekend starts the season of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a season of waiting. That message may one that is a familiar theme for 2020.   We are...

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Pastor’s Blog – Nov. 26th

Dear Family of Christ, I pray all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving. As I talked about Sunday, in my sermon, this year is bittersweet since we are not going to see my parents in Arizona due to the virus. The corona virus has altered the whole year and our lives in so many ways. I was intrigued by one...

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Pastor’s Blog – National Day of Prayer

6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. 7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow...

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Pastor’s Blog – April 6th, 2020

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and...

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Pastor’s Blog – March 19th, 2020

Pastor's Blog 3/19“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” March 19, 2020 People are afraid. Yesterday I went to Publix to buy a few things and the one thing I could not get was bread. I figured that there was a rush on that in the mornings so I went this morning at 8am, when...

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Lenten Blog – Day 3 – March 8th

But Jacob replied, “I will not let go unless you bless me.”  Genesis 32:26 Have you ever been at a fork in the road of life?  Jacob was, and he was going home and wondering if his brother could forgive him.  He had done the wrong thing far too many times before and had left home because his brother was...

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Lenten Blog – Day 2 – March 7

Chronicles 1:10.  “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” Solomon here is asked by God, what he would like to have among all things in this world?   Anything?  What would you ask for if you were told by God to ask for anything you desire?  For...

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Lenten Blog – Day 1

Ash Wednesday 2019     March 6 40 Days of Prayer and Service One day Jesus was praying in a certain place.  When he finished one of his disciples said to him.  Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.   (Luke 11:1) Forty days is a sacred amount of time in the scriptures.  Jesus fasted and prayed in the...

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Scripture Readings – 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of October 13 & 14, 2018. OLD TESTAMENT  Jeremiah 11:18-20 18 Because the Lord revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing. 19 I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree and its...

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Scripture Readings – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of October 6 & 7, 2018. OLD TESTAMENT  Isaiah 50:4-10 4 The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. 5 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. 6 I...

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Scripture Readings – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of September 15 & 16, 2018. OLD TESTAMENT  Exodus 3:1-8 Moses and the Burning Bush 3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared...

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Scripture Readings – Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of August 11 & 12, 2018.  Old Testament  1 Kings 19:4-13 While he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”  Then he...

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Suffering for the Faith

"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." - Matthew 5:11-12 This one is tough, isn't it.  It goes against what we want.  We'd love to...

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Hungering for Righteousness

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." - Matthew 5:6 I knew a guy in college who was a little different. He always seemed to have a smile and an uplifting word for everyone. He was always ready to help someone in need and truly seemed to enjoy it. He didn't do it...

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Trusting God, Even When We Want to Take Matters Into Our Own Hands

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." - Matthew 5:5  A couple of weeks ago we saw how God blesses the poor in spirit with the Kingdom of God.  For those who see their need for a savior and hear the wonderful words of the Gospel which brings salvation and eternal life.  This is a great hope, but...

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Scripture Readings – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of June 23 and 24, 2018. FIRST READING      Job 38:1-11 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?...

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Scripture Readings – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of June 16 & 17, 2018. Old Testament Ezekiel 17: 22-24 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it; I will break off a tender sprig from its topmost shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain.  On the...

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Scripture Readings – Third Sunday After Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of June 9 & 10, 2018. Genesis 37:1-27 Joseph’s Dreams Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s...

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." - Matthew 5:4 There are many things in the world that can cause us to mourn.  We may mourn over the way our society seems to be shifting away from Jesus.  We may mourn because our nation seems so divided.  We may mourn over the destructive choices a friend or...

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Scripture Readings – Second Sunday After Pentecost

Readings for the weekend of June 2 & 3, 2018. OLD TESTAMENT Deuteronomy 5:12-15 (God creates the Sabbath.) "'Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.  On it you shall not do...

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