Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

December Transitions

There is always a sense of awe and worship as the Christmas season begins. The church is freshly decorated and the change grabs our attention -- Christmas is here. But today is a bit bittersweet. We bid farewell today to Krista Ziebarth. Really? It’s true. If you ask...

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Advent Conspiracy

I would imagine there is not much left of your turkey.  Or stuffing.  Or maybe even the pies.  I mean we have to get that behind us because Christmas is coming.  Nothing stands in its way this morning.  For some, that’s good news.  For others, not so much. Several...

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Hindustan Bible Institute

It’s been about 18 months since I spent a few days in Chennai, India.  I was a little uneasy as I prepared for the trip.  I was “on my way” to Uganda, but took a stop in southeast India before the medical mission.  It was a strange juxtaposition of cultures, I must...

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Find America

One more vacation story. We had anchored off the picturesque Amalfi Coast in Italy, and had decided to avoid the crowded, winding, cliff-top road that marks the coastline.  Instead, we’d see this part of Italy from a boat.  I wasn’t sure if we’d really enjoy all day...

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Be a Berean

The last couple of weeks were amazing. The Mediterranean region is simply fascinating.  I’ve spent considerable more time in the eastern Mediterranean, so checking out the west was special. I’ll have to get back to Florence and Rome, some day.  I enjoyed the eternal...

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Joyful Moments

I would argue baseball season is the best season and being a Northern California native, I am a San Francisco Giants fan. I’ve heard every possibly comment as I loyally wear my SF Giants hat in Dodgers territory, most often, “How brave of you wearing that hat here.”...

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Grace

The college group from my parents’ church at the time were camping in the local mountains. I know this because my parents were leaders for the group. At least that’s how I remember it. My younger brother and I had a fun time tagging along. I’m sure we spent much of...

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We Know the Truth

I don’t like to weigh in on events that are so current that facts still change daily.  Whatever I say today, might prove wrong by Sunday morning.  But I think what I want to say won’t matter if facts shift by then. There is a pall over our land.  The facts coming out...

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Welcome Bracy Ball

This morning we welcome to the pulpit my former boss (I changed “old” to “former” for clarity and not to judge). Bracy Ball was my mentor and friend for the nine years Christie and I were on staff at his church in Rancho Mirage.  When Christie and I arrived in the...

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