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Celebrate!

According to Bible Gateway, the Old Testament uses the word “celebrate” 68 times. God commanded His people to “celebrate a festival to the Lord,” (Ex. 10:9) to “celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread,” (Ex. 12:17) and to “celebrate the Festival of Weeks.” (Ex. 34:22) In Exodus, it says, “Three times [...]

A Word from the Eastern Regional Conference

This month, the Eastern Regional Conference (ERC) of the Churches of God General Conference (CGGC) is holding its Annual Conference in Session.  We are a part of this organization.  They support us, govern us, encourage us, provide training, and hold us accountable.  Part of our annual budget goes to ERC.  [...]

Let Your Light Shine Through…

I am very excited about a training I will be attending in February.  The training is a Turnaround Boot Camp for pastors.  There are four required books I need to read before the training, and I had to take a profile test to see if I am equipped to be [...]

“Pray for the Leaders of the Church”

Each year, the church council gets together for a mini-retreat.  This is a time we set aside to deepen our relationships with one another and to seek the direction God has for our church. This year, our speakers will be Pastor Lawrence Metzler and Pastor Chad Chute from the former [...]

“Imagine the Lord Singing Over You”

Some important reminders to meditate on as we enter a new year: You are God’s child. — John 1:12 You are God’s friend. — John 15:15 You have been justified. — Romans 5:1 You are united with the Lord and one with Him in spirit. — 1 Corinthians 6:17 You [...]

“Inexpressible Joy!”

“Though you may not have seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of our souls.” 1 Peter 1:8 [...]

“Pray Without Ceasing”

How’s your prayer life?  Do you have one?  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we are to “pray without ceasing.”  Some translations say, “Pray continuously.” These past few weeks we have been reading Scripture and talking about prayer on Sunday mornings.  I hope this has been a blessing to you, as [...]

The Real Purpose of Sunday Worship….

At the council meeting last month, we had a wonderful discussion on worship!  Conversation led to questions: “What’s the purpose of the message/sermon?”  “What types of worship does God want?”  I think it gave everyone something to really think about and pray about.  After the meeting, I went to one [...]

“Seek Him with All Your Heart”

One of the things I look forward to when I travel with Nick is my quiet time.  He has meetings to attend, and I get to enjoy whatever part of the country we are visiting.  Usually I do this with a good book.  The books I take are often recommendations [...]

Change is Healthy, Change is Good…

This past Wednesday in the young adult bible study, we read Romans 12:1-2.  This is one of my favorite passages because it reminds me of what it means to worship.  It also talks about being “transformed by the renewing of your mind.”  Paul writes, “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in [...]

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