From Pastor Bill

WICCA

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Do you know much about Wicca?  Why don’t you do a little research about it online?  It is an occult religion akin to pagan witchcraft. And according to a recent article in The Christian Post[October 10, 2018], there are more Americans who identify as practicing witches in...

OUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

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It’s that time of year again, isn’t it?  We’re going to lose weight, exercise more, get out of debt, stick to a budget, stop smoking, save for the future, and spend more time with family.  We make these resolutions because we want to bring change to bear upon our...

A REMARKABLE MOMENT

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The moment when the virgin Mary conceived, He who was larger than the universe became an embryo inside a human womb.  The omnipotent, in one instant, made Himself breakable.  He who sustained the world with a word chose to become dependent upon the nourishment of a young woman. ...

A VIRAL BIBLICAL VERSE

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One of the top five biblical verses being tweeted, hashtagged, shared, bookmarked, or highlighted is Philippians 4:13 [“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”].  And, really, it’s easy to see why this passage would go viral because this verse tells you...

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...