A Call to Return to Church:

  I recently was at a graduation and the speaker, Senator Benjamin Sasse, talked about the uniqueness of congregational worship.  He explained that throughout human history, people have experienced neighborliness.  This is true of hunters and gatherers, farmers, and the transition to cities during the industrial age.  But we are experiencing, now, the displacement of […]

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The Elder-Pastor vision for Grace

Pastors Lucas and Jerry will be speaking on Sunday May 14th about the transition from Jerry’s leadership in Children’s Education to Lucas’ leadership as Family Pastor.  During this vision cast, some basics of a plan will be shared along with an expression of needs to fulfill this vision.  I look forward to hearing this vision, […]

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Libertarianism vs. Communitarianism: Government or World Organizations are considered “coercive institutions.”  They exist to “…employ force or the threat of force to control the behavior of their members” according The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (p. 718).  Throughout the ages there is a plurality of opinions (Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Green, Hume, Hegel, Marx, Linen, etc.) about […]

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Holy Spirit Filled Church

       I read an analogy of the Holy Spirit this week.  Sometimes we can try to direct the Holy Spirit where to go, but the Spirit is like the wind and will find a way around the obstacles we use to try to direct the Spirit.        This is a good analogy.         In 2 […]

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Why is Easter called Easter?

Why is Easter called “Easter”? Here is what I learned: “In almost every language except English, the name for this annual memorial of the resurrection is some form of the word “Passover” (for example, Pasch, from the Hebrew Peasch, “Passover”).  When Christianity arrived in the North countries, it’s springtime celebration of the resurrection received a […]

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The power of prayer

I have recently rediscovered something; the power of prayer. When we feel distant from the Lord, seeking the Lord causes us to draw near to him and the Lord to us. I have been seeking the Lord through the book of Psalms. The word for today that is encouraging comes from Psalm 27:1, 4, 14, […]

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