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WHAT IS YOUR JERICHO?

Dear Friends, Jericho was the first city in the Promised Land that had to be conquered by the Israelites when Joshua led them into the Land in 1406 BC.  You know the story of the walls falling down providing access for the Israelites' victory.  Once Jericho was...

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ARE YOU LIVING INWARD OR OUTWARD FOCUSED?

Dear Friends, It has been big news this week as the scandal broke about some Hollywood insiders and other wealthy parents paying (bribing?) to get their children into universities using deception.  More than 50 people have been charged by federal prosecutors in this...

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WALKING THROUGH TRIALS

Dear Friends, This week someone asked me what I initially felt when I realized my wife, Donna, had been killed in the car crash caused by a drunk driver.  This might be helpful to anyone going through a tragedy. Here are my reflections on my experience: Trapped—my...

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HOW TO GET THE ONE THING YOU NEED THE MOST

Dear Friends, In our current message series entitled "The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah" we have been looking at some snapshots of Jesus' life and ministry and how He used those interactions to meet the deepest needs in the human heart.  Join us for worship at...

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7 STEPS TO BECOME AN OVERCOMER

Dear Friends, I am learning a lot about overcoming lately.  In fact, I have found that the Lord is giving me what I need to overcome a season of discouragement and sorrow. What do you wish you could overcome?  Maybe it's harmful patterns of thinking…Maybe it's a...

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CLIMBING OUT OF DISCOURAGEMENT

Dear Friends, I have no desire to be a downer today, but in the past few weeks I have struggled with discouragement.  My very close friend, Dave Richards, passed away; I had hip replacement surgery and wound up with some nerve damage that is making my recovery...

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6 STEPS TO EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Dear Friends, This week past week Kathy and I saw the movie Least of These: The Graham Staines Story.   It is the true story of missionary Graham Staines who ministered to the lepers in India in the 1990s.  This terrible disease wrecked havoc on the lives of many....

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WHY WE GRIEVE DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHERS

Dear Friends, In my previous article I mentioned the passing of my friend, Pastor Dave Richards.  Dave and I were extremely close and my heart has been heavy with grief these past couple of weeks. It is in this time of grief that I am reminded just what we have as...

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6 ELEMENTS OF MAKING AN IMPACT—PASTOR DAVE RICHARDS

Dear Friends, On Thursday evening, January 10, Pastor Dave Richards went home to be with his Lord.  He battled cancer valiantly, but ultimately he found victory by running into the arms of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. To me Dave was a best friend, a counselor, a...

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5 PRIORITIES FOR 2019

Dear Friends, This past New Year's Eve Kathy and I brought in the New Year the way we like best: with a bunch of our grandkids.  It was great fun and chaos as we ushered in the New Year with a grandkids sleepover.  At one point in the festivities I sat back and looked...

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7 CHRISTMAS GIFTS FROM THE LIVING GOD

Dear Friends, Kathy and I love Xmas movies.  We actually start watching them on Thanksgiving morning.  My favorite is Polar Express.  Many Christmas movies are based on the premise that a child stopped believing in Santa because he or she didn't get what they wanted...

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