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“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 [...]

“Are Christians Distinctive?”

While looking through some of my friend posts on Facebook, I came across the following report that was shared by Don Denisson, Director of Cross Cultural Ministries at the Churches of God, General Conference. Don begins his post with the question, “Are Christians Distinctive?” After reading the report myself, the [...]

Understanding the Heart of John

Each week  through the summer months, we will continue to read together through the Epistle of 1 John. Although it is classified as a letter, there is no opening address or closing as we find when we read the letters written by the Apostle Paul. However, as we read through [...]

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