From Pastor Bill

THE  JOY  OF  PUBLIC  WORSHIP

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When I have an opportunity to visit some of our senior adults in their homes, a hospital, a retirement center, or a nursing home, I am struck when they talk longingly about the privilege to participate in a public worship service.  With this in mind, I’d like to modify slightly a...

REMEMBER  THE  TRUTH  ABOUT THANKSGIVING

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November is when Americans traditionally celebrate the Thanksgiving season.  It originated from the practices of our Pilgrim forefathers, who gave thanks to God for (1) a land where they could worship freely according to the dictates of the Scriptures and of conscience, and for (2) His...

ZEAL

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “zeal” or “zealous”?  Do you think of a fanatic?  Do you think of a zealous extremist?  Would you be ashamed to be thought of as a zealous Christian? Well, before you let this subject...

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. ...

PENETRATING THE CULTURE

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From our very beginning, it has been our prayer that the members of Northway Community Church (NCC) would penetrate our community just as the early church members in Acts penetrated Jerusalem with their doctrine. And may we do so in the power of the Holy Spirit! But this will only be possible if...

ULTIMATE ASSURANCES

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I cannot remember a time when the problems of our world—all over the world—have caused people to be more unsettled than right now. In fact, we seem to be so overloaded with such a barrage of problems that we almost don’t know how to process or think through fully the challenges...

WORDS

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There are approximately 600,000 words in the English language. The average American has a “use” vocabulary of about 10,000 words, and a “recognition” vocabulary of some 35,000 words. When a youngster enters the first grade, he/she might have a personal vocabulary of about...

OFF TO COLLEGE

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I have often stated to our young people that, when they go off to almost any state university in our country today, they will be taught to disbelieve almost everything they have been taught morally and spiritually in their church and from their Christian parents. They will probably be taught...

HILLS TO DIE ON

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It’s an old phrase: Which hills are you willing to die on? Meaning, which stands are you going to take no matter the cost? For what are you prepared to die? Your answer will determine your core values. If you were to compare the Christian churches (across all denominations) in our city by...

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

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While I believe in the importance of leadership in Christian circles, I don’t hear much about the leader also following under authority. In fact, following under authority is a phrase that almost seems derogatory when compared to elevating the ideal of leadership as the pinnacle of...