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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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Days 15-25 of the Christmas Devotional

DAY 15:  December 16, 2019 (15th Day of Advent)   YAHWEH YIREH (yah-WEH yir-EH) "The Lord Who Provides"   Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it...

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Days 8-14 of the Christmas Devotional.

DAY 8:  December 9, 2019            8th Day of Advent            8th and Final Night of Hanukkah   MOSHIA (MOE-shee-ah) "Savior"   "I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other Savior." Isaiah 43:11 (NLT)   Moshia is a name of God that is used a number of times in the...

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IMMANUEL DAILY CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL

Dear Friends,   This Sunday and continuing through Christmas day, I will be posting a short devotional each day that considers one of the names of God.   I'm calling this devotional IMMANUEL because it means "God is with us."  My prayer is that we will know the Lord...

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WHAT CHRISTIANS CAN LEARN FROM HANUKKAH

Dear Friends, To my Jewish friends, Hanukkah Sameach!  Happy Hanukkah! Next Sunday night (December 2nd) is the first night of Hanukkah.  Hanukkah is the 8-night celebration that dates back to the 25th of Kislev 165 BC when Judas Maccabees (Judas the Hammer) led the...

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WHY THANKSGIVING MATTERS

  Dear Friends, This Thursday is my favorite holiday of the year.  It makes me excited even now thinking about Thanksgiving.  Kathy is already busy buying some of the food and supplies we will need to have a wonderful meal and a great time together.  She is the single...

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THE POWER OF A THANKFUL HEART

THE POWER OF A THANKFUL HEART Dear Friends, In a week and a half Americans will be gathering all over our nation to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  While we call it "Thanksgiving Day" maybe a better name would be "Turkey Day" or "Football Day."  How much of the way we...

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AN ELECTION DAY PERSPECTIVE

Dear Friends, We are facing the midterm elections on Tuesday.  So many Christians are divided over party politics with neither side willing or able to see the viewpoint of the other.  I weary of American politics because I don't believe the answers to the problems we...

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DEALING WITH BROKENNESS

Dear Friends, What is the Christian response to the brokenness we see in our world today?  This past week we have seen example after example of the brokenness of our society—death, murder, suicide, hatred, disease, war, and division—all point to how something is not...

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