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“The world is changing!” “Every day it is something else.” “Will we ever go back to normal?” “How did we come to this?” Almost every day I hear some form of those statements or questions. Most certainly, the world is changing, and more is on the way. To quote the overused line from the movie…

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Sunday begins Holy Week with palms waving and Hosannas singing. Some churches even have live donkeys. Then there is this sharp left turn to the violence of the cross. Jesus’ story doesn’t end at the cross. Resurrection Sunday we celebrate His victory over death.

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“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:22

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I don’t think I have met anyone who said, “Pastor, I think my prayer life is as good as it could possibly be.” In fact, most people I have talked to about prayer have said something more like, “I just struggle in praying” or “I feel so weak in my praying.” I have felt, and sometimes still fe…

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“Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” — Mark 8:31

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On Jan. 24, 2021, my father’s faith became sight. He was a loving husband to my mom for over 55 years, a dedicated father to his three children, and the pastor of his only church for almost 60 years.

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In 1997, the movie Men in Black featured an alien bug dressed in an “Edgar” suit. The bug had killed Edgar and then inhabited his flesh as if it were a suit. Isn’t this what we do with Jesus sometimes, think that God’s taking on flesh is God putting on a “Jesus” suit?

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“Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:7&8

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I am passionate about a lot of things in my life — even if to varying degrees. I am passionate about my wife and kids. So much of my life includes and is enriched by them. I am passionate about my calling. I am blessed to love and seek to lead God’s people that are Central Baptist Church. I …

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“Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” — Genesis 28:15

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With all the turmoil and uncertainty facing our nation today, people regardless of their political affiliation are asking: “What is the future of our nation?” “Where is God in all this?” and “What is the church supposed to do?”

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In my faith tradition, Sunday is Epiphany Sunday. We celebrate the gifts of the Magi found in Matthew 2:1-12; 3:13-17. The actual date for Epiphany is Jan. 6, often called Little Christmas or Old Christmas. For some this date is the date of gift exchange rather than Christmas Day. Epiphany i…

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“Do not be anxious…” — Matthew 6:31

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We sometimes have opportunities to learn lessons in less-than-desirable ways. Over the years as a pastor, I have had situations where a congregant was very upset about one thing or another. In those situations, no matter how painful the circumstance, I try to stop and ask, “Is there anything…

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John proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me.” — Mark 1:7a

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“Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery.”

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When I was in seminary we lived in Spokane, Washington. One Thanksgiving, we opened our house and set the table for a feast that to this day I remember well.

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“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your King is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zechariah 9:9

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We hate waiting. We don’t like to wait on something we ordered online to arrive. We don’t like waiting for our food. And, it’s possible that, by the time of this publication, we may still be waiting on the results of this year’s presidential election. We certainly don’t like waiting for that.

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“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

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“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.” (Psalm 33:12)

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This week I was pulled to the 11th chapter of Isaiah. I needed to be reminded that God will bring about the peaceful kingdom. In verses 1-9, we are given the vision of what God’s kingdom will look like. The most compelling image for me is that of predator and prey at peace with one another: …

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“Phillip found Nathaniel and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ ” John 1:45