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God-Centered Relationships

Last month I had the privilege of performing a wedding ceremony. The bride was beautiful, the church was beautiful, and everyone seemed to enjoy the day celebrating the love between a man and a woman. There was a great party that included some delicious BBQ and slushies. Leading up to this [...]

“The Power to Choose…”

This morning as Nick and I were walking, we talked about heaven and about the Garden of Eden. We were talking specifically about work and toil, and the ability to find joy in our work and the toil and unhappiness that some people find in their jobs. I shared with Nick [...]

“How is Your Soul?”

Today I was once again blessed by the opportunity to gather with my LEAD team. A few of us pastors from our Conference get together monthly to read scripture, pray for each other, and talk about ministry. This morning, we spent some of our time together discussing how to deal [...]

Easter Preparations

Snow is falling as I write this. It’s hard to believe that the Lenten Season has begun, and Easter is just around the corner. As you begin to think spring, remember to think Jesus! I am ready for the warmth of spring, and I am excited to celebrate the resurrection [...]

“A Special Valentine Gift”

The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Other  historians hold that St. Valentine was a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. [...]

“The Birth of Jesus”

I love reading this story. It never gets old for me, and each year I look forward to hearing it once again. I pray that you, too, enjoy reading it again as you begin to celebrate the birth of our Savior this Christmas. The Birth of Jesus In those days, [...]

A Time to Be Thankful

“Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.” – Psalm 95:2 If you are like me, you may be asking yourself, “Where did this year go?” It seems like only yesterday it was May and we were preparing for the summer ministries. Now, we [...]

“It Takes a Village…”

“There is an African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This proverb became well known in 1996 when the First Lady of the United States, Hilary Clinton, used it in the title of her book, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us. [...]

“Thank You!”

As I sat at my desk today preparing to share “A Word” with you, what keeps coming to my mind is, “Thank you.” “Thank you!” for being a church that prays. “Thank you!” for being a church that gives so generously. “Thank you!” for being a church that supports a [...]

A Month of Missions

Yay God! for a busy summer season. August has developed into a mission’s month. We will hear from various groups each Sunday morning to see what God is doing through the people of YCOG. Weird Animals will begin to appear on August 3rd when we open our doors to the [...]

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