The Pastor’s Blog

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Every fall brings a new season of ministry with Sunday School and small groups getting back in gear. Just as young people are heading back to class, we are calling one another back to regular times of worship, spiritual growth and fellowship. These usual rhythms of church life are good for us. We ....

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By the time you read this, around the first week of August, I will be in Alaska along with my family and the rest of the mission team. We should be working hard on a new dorm for Alaska Christian College and enjoying the amazing sights around the Kenai Peninsula. Many of you have committed to pray....

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From the very start, missionary work has given shape to the church, because our God is a sending God. He sends people into the world with the love and message of Jesus, just as He sent Jesus into the world to love and save us. Jesus, in turn, sent His followers as witnesses to the “ends of the e....

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Some of the best gifts and greatest blessings cost nothing at all. We can give something priceless with-out ever spending a dime. One luxurious present we can offer a friend is the gift of listening, simply opening our ears and our hearts during a time of struggle. Several weeks ago, I introduced....

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God has promised He will wipe away all our tears when we join Him in heaven (Rev. 21:4). That promise brings comfort and assurance. One day, all the reasons for sorrow and pain and fear will be removed, and we will enjoy the perfect peace and joy of God’s glory forever. But we aren’t in heaven y....

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Just like people, churches have strengths and weaknesses. No one can be great at everything, but we all have areas where we excel. During my four years at Broadway, I have seen that one of our church’s best qualities is how we love one another. We know each other and like each other and seem genui....

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I want to encourage you to do something that many of you have done faithfully for many years. In a sense, this will serve as a reminder that what you do for Christ really does matter and actually does change lives. I want to encourage you to pray for the lost. Pray for people you know and care about....

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The Holy Spirit moves among God’s people as powerfully today as ever. Do you believe that? Have you experienced the Spirit’s power in your life? Have you witnessed the Spirit changing hearts? I wonder sometimes if we expect too little from God, pray for too few miracles, and seek the Spi....

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Over the next year, I will participate in an Evangelism Cohort (learning or working group) along with a dozen other Covenant pastors from the Central Conference. These monthly gatherings will focus on motivating us and our churches to share Christ more naturally and effectively with people outsid....

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Every Christmas season we sing about “peace on earth.” We long for it. We pray for it. We wait and watch and hope that one day we will taste the goodness of God’s peace, even on this troubled earth. We echo the great company of the heavenly host who announced Jesus’ birth with a declarati....