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From My Heart, Nov. 2017

From My Heart, Nov. 2017

Nineteenth Century British novelist, Samuel Butler, once said, “The one who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.” [Hahahaaah, good quote.] You know, I occasionally see folks checking out or even nodding off when I preach. [Oouuch, you know where I’m going.] I recently preached St. Paul’s challenge, “Never be lazy...
From My Heart

From My Heart

In the News You’ve sat there watching the recent coverage of Hurricane / Tropical Storm Harvey, the conjecture of what might happen with the North Korea situation, the looming damage to Florida plus from Hurricane Irma, and, of course, opinions about what is really going on inside the Trump Administration and Capitol Hill. And the...
From My Heart

From My Heart

The Body of Christ We Christians often talk about Jesus in our hearts, or God in our lives, or the Holy Spirit in us. After all, this is a basic tenet of real tried-n-true historic faith. Well, my accountability group and I are reading Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. He was so smart. I recently...
From My Heart

From My Heart

When July 1st rolls around I will begin my sixth year as your Pastor. Cindi & I are excited about this! What follows are a few healthy observations about us. Although we continue to face attritional forces from various demographic issues like an older population and a shifted dominant city culture, we are holding our...
From My Heart

From My Heart

It’s braggin’ time! You are amazing! We just announced a remarkable resurrection result on Easter Sunday morning. Namely, that a number of us have collectively and sacrificially committed $830,000 over the next 20 months (along with a few extensions) to dramatically pay down our Main Sanctuary debt. Incredible! Jesus is alive in you! It all...
From My Heart

From My Heart

In the classic Isaiah text of Handel’s Messiah we her, “Comfort ye, O comfort ye, My people.” With the following story I intend to do just that. I was recently flown to Annapolis, Maryland to conduct a funeral and graveside service for my Aunt Mary Lou in Hanover, Pennsylvania. The old town funeral home was...
From My Heart

From My Heart

Watching the Movie, Noah In recent Sunday mornings, I led us through the chapters of Genesis that contain the story of Noah and the ark, visually augmenting those messages with select clips from the 2014 big budget movie starring Russell Crowe. When it was released, it was met with numerous panned reviews from many Christian...
From My Heart

From My Heart

I own several books in my library detailing the lives—and deaths—of many martyrs. I read about them now and again because I am encouraged and challenged by their unwavering passion to follow Jesus come what may. For instance, the first martyr, St. Stephen, was known as a man of good reputation, full of the Spirit,...
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Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus said, “... go make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey Me too. I’m with you always.”