Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

He Will Wipe Every Tear

I am enjoying my Twitter account. Most of the time. Sometimes I must admit it almost makes me throw my iPhone across the room, but such is the nature of politics in 2018. But then there are those moments (usually apolitical tweets) which cause me to pause, think,...

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Who Will Remember You?

Friendships are important to life. To a healthy life. To a life of hope and grace. This week Christie and I got to reignite an old friendship. We met an old friend — some of you know Kathy Swanson from the development of our Employee Handbook. We met for dinner in El...

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Stuck

As we come to our State of the Church weekend — we face the joy of celebration and the task of evaluation. I want to celebrate what God is doing. Signs of health everywhere. It’s exciting. But along with the celebration must come healthy evaluation. You see, a danger...

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JC and the Holidays

I spent a day this week with my daughter, who is a social media communications and marketing manager. We were talking about upcoming holidays and she said that in the marketing and communications world, holidays were always important – a chance to promote something....

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The January Blues

I am not a lover of the month of January. Christmas decorations are boxed away (as they should be) so the environment is starker than it had been from the holidays. The lights which had shone so brightly have now gone dark. And then there is that annual meeting to...

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Rain or Shine, Blue Skies or Gray

I was pretty glad to get back to SoCal last Saturday.  What a relief to see the sun again! You’d been missed, old friend.  In our four days in Dallas it was nothing but gloom.  On several levels.  No sun.  Period. A Trojan loss in the Cotton Bowl.  Nothing over 50...

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Just One More Ascent

Sometimes my creativity and inspiration are on “empty.”  This is one of those weeks.  Until….I check my “inbox” and found this link to a recent Ed Welch (no relation) blog.  I found it intriguing.  So instead of a weak attempt and originality, I pass along Ed’s...

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Worship Him Fully This Christmas Season

I know of the evils of social media.  Yes, it can consume.  Yes, it can distract.  Yes, it can hinder conversation.  But, it can also bring to mind a thought which changes a day.  Or even a season.  My Twitter feed did that for me this week.  As I was checking down my...

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We Are A Bit Crazy

It’s been another tumultuous week.  Fires.  Shifting world capitals.  Shooting.  Resignations.  Through all the clutter of the week, I was struck by one news clip I saw this week.  Now, I don’t want to get all controversial on us, we are here to worship Jesus this...

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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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