From Pastor Bill

THEOLOGY MATTERS

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After examining 34 core beliefs, Christianity Today magazine [Oct. 16, 2018] concluded that: A majority of U.S. adults (59%) believe that the Holy Spirit is a force, not a Person. Six in 10 Americans agree that religious belief is a matter of personal opinion and not about objective...

WHAT IS REFORMATION SUNDAY?

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The close of this month marks a significant anniversary in the life of our religious heritage: Reformation Sunday! It was on October 31, 1517, that a German, Augustinian monk from peasant descent nailed 95 theses for debate and discussion on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. ...

SURFACE WINDS OR DEEP CURRENTS

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If you were to fly over the Artic Ocean, you would, obviously, see icebergs floating in the cold, icy waters.  But a closer look would reveal the following pattern: small icebergs moving in one direction, and gigantic icebergs moving in another.  The reason for this phenomenon is that...

MY STORY

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When I say I am a Christian: I’m not shouting “I’m wonderful.” Rather, I am whispering "I was lost but now I'm found and forgiven." I don’t speak this with pride. Rather, I am confessing that I stumble and need Jesus to be my guide" I’m not trying to be...

“YES” and “NO”

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Our culture seems to imply that we must work harder than ever to find ways to say “yes” to the world in order to gain a hearing.  And, to a certain extent, this is all well and good.  But it lacks an equally compelling “no,” because, if we are not careful...

IS COMMUNITY SOMETHING TO BE FOUND?

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One of the greatest Christian myths is that community is something to be found.  As the myth goes, all you have to do is find the right person, join the right group, get the right job, or become involved in the right church.  And to a large extent, this is why many people go from...

WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO STAY CLOSE TO GOD?

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When we enter into a relationship with God by choosing to relate to Him through Jesus Christ, an ever-increasing acreage of our inner world is developed in love and devotion by His Spirit.  Like a cavern that is excavated, opened, and filled with light, our soul and spirit are meant to be...

UNDER-PROTECTIVE PARENTING

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As the new school year begins, may I offer a word of instruction and encouragement to our parents and grandparents?  It is quite common for me to hear people complain about how they were reared by overly-protective parents, but this often leads to an over-reaction, which is also...

WAYS TO START A SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION

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As we prepare to begin our series of messages from the book of Acts on August 5th, let me challenge each of us about various ways we can start a spiritual conversation with others.  One of the best ways to be on mission for the Lord is to start each day in prayer and meditation in...

STARTING THIS AUGUST--THE BOOK OF ACTS

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A Spirit-controlled church of the Lord Jesus Christ is not only the hope of the world but it is also the mightiest instrument in the hands of a holy God!  But for this to occur properly in our congregation, we must become more and more like the proto-type found in the book of Acts, rather...