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Is the Sky Falling?

Posted by Gary Pauley on

It seems to me that the sky is falling every four years. Every time we have an election I hear that someone is going to move to Canada if their candidate of choice does not win. Every election things are much worse than they were before and the stakes are higher than they ever have been. It is a...

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Embracing Change.

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The early days of the Baptist people in England were marked by disagreements. The disagreements were not necessarily loud and angry…but they did generate some debates and pamphlets. At one point in the early 1800s a new hymnal was written that did not include some of the older Baptist...

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Juneteenth: Celebrating the Good.

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Posted by Gary Pauley on

Juneteenth. It sounds strange because it has not benefitted by being embraced by popular culture. But if there was ever a holiday that made sense, this would be it. I mean c’mon, we “celebrate” Halloween. But this date actually has meaning. My experience has been that white...

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A Moment to Hurt

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I knew I needed to write a blog about this. But…how? I mean, what has not been said already? And what is controversial here? Who defends the practice of what happened to George Floyd? I think no one. And by “no one,” I realize there is some warped person who would try to...

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At All Costs: the Soldier's Sacrifice.

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  I mentioned Sunday while preaching that I sometimes like to watch documentaries about World War 2. That was a perfect time to mention that it was Memorial Day…but I was preoccupied with the details of a unique Sunday of re-gathering.   Sunday, I watched a few more of those...

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The Confidence of Hope

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Posted by Gary Pauley on

It is fairly well known that the Christian concept of “hope” is profoundly different than the historic or secular version. We use the word in its secular sense every day: “I hope this coronavirus goes away soon!” We have no clue how soon it will happen, but it is our...

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Building Our Worship.

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I recently read an article that struck me. It made a comment that was not unusual, but it struck me. It was about a church that could not record their Sunday services in their beautiful building because of a power outage. The church “could not imagine having services without their...

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Jesus our model...

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Posted by Tim Boyd on

Then He poured water into the basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.  John 13: 5 One of the problems with the church today is that we are known more for what we are against than what we are for. We are often seen as...

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From Pastor Tim

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The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  Psalm 18:2 There are times in life when the world around us seems to be more than we can handle. Right now, it’s the Coronavirus...

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Assessing Hope.

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King David of Israel knew fear. He was hunted and pursued, sometimes by those close to him. His spiritual insight led him to realize he did not need to fear people when they attack (Psa. 56:2-4). He asks, “What can mere man do to me?” (56:5). But he knew that God was on his side (vs...

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