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Category Archives: From the Pastor

  1. Surrounded by heroes

    Lately I’ve been thinking about heroes. Partly this is because we are in the middle of a sermon series on Biblical heroes, but more of it is because I feel like I’m surrounded by heroes.

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  2. Pause or reset? Which button has God pushed?

    Lately I’ve been wondering what “button” God has pushed. You see, in many ways most of us have been living like, and perhaps even hoping that, God has merely pushed a “pause” button and that soon things will go back to “normal.”  Yet as the “pause” drags on, I’ve begun to think that perhaps God has pushed the “reset” button.

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  3. Anxious? How are your media and scripture intake?

    I really enjoyed my vacation and one of the best parts of it was that I didn’t watch the news even once in a three week span. Oh, I read an occasional article or news story, but usually I just skimmed the highlights.

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  4. From Pastor Jon: 3 ways to respond to the coronavirus pandemic

    As we navigate the realities of the coronavirus, First Pres has responded by following health officials’ guidelines to close our building to all groups of 10 or more. Pastor Jon wants to encourage you to be the church in the midst of the challenges.

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  5. It’s the most often-repeated phrase in the Bible, and we’re going to study it this Lent

    I have become convinced that fear dominates so much of our lives.

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  6. An exciting Sunday at First Pres

    Can I tell you how excited I am about this weekend?

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  7. Faith or fear?

    Will we respond in faith or fear as we move on in God’s work?

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  8. ECO National Gathering: Like drinking from a water hose

    Have you ever tried drinking from a firehose? It will quench your thirst and give you a good soaking too! That is what the ECO National Gathering is like. It quenches a deep thirst for God and soaks one in his presence.

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  9. Consider visiting the Holy Land

    So, one of the missionaries we support as a Church is Dennis Karp of Chosen People Ministries. Dennis is a Messianic Jew, and Chosen People Ministries is an evangelistic mission to the Jewish people.

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  10. What is the church? Two thoughts before Sunday.

    Based solidly on Scripture, the early Church fathers declared that there is no salvation apart from the Church. Thus how we think about and relate to the Church is of eternal consequence. Yet what is the Church?

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