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A Note from the Pastor – Learning to Love

Glenn McDonald points out that the Bible is not the story of God’s power. It is the story of God’s love.  Most of us have days in which we wish God would use His power to clean up this mess of a planet.  But God is working steadily and relentlessly by another means.  God is [...]

By |2019-06-13T20:40:43+00:00June 13th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven

History’s most gifted artists and composers often have biographies of brooding and self-destructive excess.  Then there is Franz Joseph Haydn, 1721-1809, the  Austrian composer who was incredibly happy.  That’s not to say his life was easy. Haydn was born into a family of peasants.  He frequently knew hunger and desperation. Two different times fires swept [...]

By |2019-06-07T16:50:11+00:00June 6th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Nudity and Nakedness

The Bible begins with Paradise and ends with Paradise.  The first two chapters of Genesis and the last two chapters of Revelation describe a setting in which humans freely and joyfully walk with God. That means the rest of the Bible happens between two gardens: Eden (Paradise lost) and Heaven (Paradise at history’s finish line).  [...]

By |2019-05-30T18:10:19+00:00May 30th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Extra Grace Required

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the outdoor picnic season, hanging out with friends and family. Most of these groups have special “EGR” people in them (Extra Grace Required). There are two ways of doing life: the first is just pretending to like each other. Or, we can attempt to love those people who [...]

By |2019-05-23T17:49:37+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Number Your Days

Are you an average American? If so, you will live 78.3 years unless you live in Hawaii in which case you would live 80.0 years in paradise. Demographers have an idea how you will spend your days, months and years. During your average life you will do the following: Sleep for 26 years. Listen to [...]

By |2019-05-15T16:38:17+00:00May 15th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Grandpa in the Playpen

 A grandfather arrived at his daughter’s house ready to dive into his favorite activity of the week: playing with his grandson. Jeremy was sitting in his playpen. “Pa Pa!” he shouted. The older man reached down and swooped his grandson up into his arms. Just as they began to play, however, Jeremy’s mother walked into [...]

By |2019-05-09T18:39:06+00:00May 9th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Jesus’ Favorite Hymn

What is the most beloved Hymn of all time? This question is like asking, “Who is your favorite athlete, actor or musician.” It’s a matter of personal taste. Your favorite hymn is possibly rooted in an emotional memory from the past. I remember being a little boy in the 60’s singing, “In the Garden.” “Amazing [...]

By |2019-05-02T21:16:16+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Our Homing Beacon

When the space shuttle Challenger exploded, everyone on board was lost. But something traveling aboard did survive. Workers recovering fragments of the ship found a duffel bag floating in the Atlantic. Inside was a soccer ball that an astronaut had brought with him. Ellison Onizuka was an assistant coach for his daughter’s soccer team. Given [...]

By |2019-04-25T19:55:43+00:00April 25th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Our Deepest Longing

There’s a new plan that will change the definition of what it means for life to end. The Alcor Life Extension Foundation specializes in cryopreservation, the freezing of human corpses immediately after death, in the hope that one day science will solve the riddle of mortality and bring them back to full consciousness. The foundation [...]

By |2019-04-17T14:37:44+00:00April 17th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments

A Note from the Pastor – Sacrificial Living

Most kingdoms will do anything they can to protect their king. This is the unspoken promise of the game of Chess. When the king falls, the kingdom is lost, therefore the king must be protected at all costs. Another notable example comes from the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. British Prime [...]

By |2019-04-10T20:52:17+00:00April 10th, 2019|Leader's Blog|0 Comments
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