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Category Archives: From the Pastor

  1. Advent shapes our expectations

    I’ve been thinking a lot about expectations. There are always such high expectations around Christmas, and this year those expectations are higher than ever. Some people who had to cancel summer plans because of COVID-19 managed their disappointment by placing their hope on Christmas. Some even set up their Christmas decorations back in August, yet now it appears Christmas will face its own restrictions and many expectations will not be met.

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  2. Giving Thanks in the Midst of a Difficult 2020

    Prepositions matter! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances.”  I’m really glad the command isn’t to “give thanks for all circumstances.” There are lots of things I cannot and even should not give thanks for this year, but in the midst of 2020 we can and must give thanks. Why?  Because God is in the midst of all of it and he is over all of it, working for our good.

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  3. When disappointment comes

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we as Christians should handle frustration and/or disappointment. A wise friend once told me that strong emotion without an expression usually leads to depression. I sense and hear a lot of strong frustration and disappointment out there, and I’m also seeing a lot of depression, so what should we do?

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  4. 3 Phrases We Should Use More Often

    The year 2020, and this week in particular, has me thinking we all need to lean in and use three phrases a lot more than we commonly do. 

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  5. Election reflections

    Election season is raising all kinds of questions for me. The chief question is to ask what the Lord would have us do. I know lots of people who profess to be certain about the answer to this question when it comes to who to vote for, but interestingly, they don’t all agree with one another. 

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  6. Grateful for these guys

    With it being Clergy Appreciation Month, I’ve been thinking about how much I appreciate Billy and Scott. Psalm 133:1 talks about how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell together in unity, and truly it is.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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