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Coming Home

Posted on June 2, 2019 at 9:15 AM

A couple of weeks back I talked about our youngest flying to Colorado for two weeks to attend the Summit. The Summit is a ministry which focuses on preparing young people, who are going off to college, by helping to ground them in their faith by teaching them Christian apologetics so that they will not only know what they believe, but why they believe it and thus be able to defend what they believe t...

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They Grow Up

Posted on May 19, 2019 at 9:10 AM

This morning, at 3:00 a.m., Dawn and I took our ‘baby’ off to the airport so she could catch a flight to Colorado where she will be attending the Summit (worldview camp) for the next two weeks. She seemed so small and yet so grown up as she as she left us there at check-in and boldly headed off into the unknown of security and the mystery of the concourse. Ye...

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Posted on May 5, 2019 at 9:05 AM

Have you ever noticed those little signs along the interstate that give the mile numbers? We know them as ’mile markers’ or ‘milestones’ and they help us track our progress as we travel down a long road. Life has many such milestones that we choose to recognize and celebrate and we celebrated one of them last night. Our youngest daughter graduated from h...

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The Tomb is Still Empty

Posted on April 28, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Last week, as we celebrated Resurrection Sunday, we were reminded of the reality that Jesus arose from the dead. Yes, He was dead, not “a little bit dead” not “almost dead” but totally and completely dead. The Roman soldiers made sure of that and they were good at their job.

Now I realize that there are those who don’t believe in the resurrection, those who believe th...

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I Don't Celebrate Easter

Posted on April 21, 2019 at 9:25 AM

It is funny how sometimes things hit you differently than they may at other times, this past Thursday was one of those times. Right before leaving work a person wished me a “Happy Easter”. Now I’m not sure why it hit me the way it did, and to be perfectly honest I initially didn’t know how to respond. I was left with nothing more than a simple “Thank-you&#...

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What is Faith? Faith is a Decision!

Posted on April 14, 2019 at 9:20 AM

In today’s world, the word “faith” is a common part of speech. You may hear someone say, “You just gotta have a little faith” or you may hear someone referred to as a man or woman ‘of faith’ or even a whole group referred to as a ‘People of faith’, but what does it mean, what are we saying? Often, there is an assumption that when we are tal...

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A Film That Could Change the World

Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:20 AM

I just read a review of the new movie “Unplanned”. The review was written by a young woman who said that before watching the film she had always considered herself to be pro choice, but had been encouraged to go and keep an open mind.

She wrote, “I was moved to tears several times during the film and actually appreciated the way that the workers of Planne...

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For Such A Time As This

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 9:15 AM

This past Wednesday evening at sunset began the celebration of Purim and it lasted until sunset on Thursday evening. Unless you are Jewish, the holiday probably came and went without you even noticing. So, for you Gentile Christians, what is Purim, and why should we even care? Well, we should care because it comes right out of the Bible, The book of Esther. In fact the beginning of the Holiday is foun...

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St. Patricks Day

Posted on March 17, 2019 at 9:10 AM

Imagine growing up in a home where you had experienced at least some level of privilege, only to find yourself being taken by force by a band of roaming marauders. Yes, being kidnapped, sold and then forced to serve as a slave among a people who were very much different than yourself. A different language, a different culture and yes, even different gods. Yes, to find yourself living as a slave to a b...

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When Does a Child Cease to Be a Child

Posted on March 3, 2019 at 8:05 AM

A few weeks ago in my Pastor’s Pen called “ A Recipe for Evil” we took a brief look at the Holocaust and how and why it came to be. On January 22, the 46th anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision, the NY Senate and Assembly passed the bill to “protect” a woman’s “Right” to an abortion to the time of childbirth. Shortly after this, the Governor of Virgini...

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Building Walls

Posted on February 17, 2019 at 7:55 AM

Well, if you live in this country you have probably heard far more about building walls than you ever wanted to. None the less, I hope that you will bear me out as we talk about them one more time. 

Now, when I think about walls, I think about two in particular: The first is the Great Wall of China and the second is the Berlin Wall. Ironically, these walls...

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It's All About Love! Really?

Posted on February 10, 2019 at 7:55 AM

Now, I don’t have anything against retailers, after all, it is their advertising dollars that have paid for much of the “free” things that we enjoy in this country, but they do like us to spend our money. When we look back at Valentines Day, I’ve got to say that I believe that we have missed the point.

The person that we know as Saint Valen...

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Why Did Jesus Die?

Posted on February 3, 2019 at 9:55 AM


I suppose that one of the truly great mysteries, at least for me, is “Why did Jesus Die?” Now, I understand what the Bible tells us about sin, and the reality that we sinners needed a Savior. I understand that our sin had separated us from God and that there was nothing in our power that we could do so as to restore that relationship. I understand that the penalty...

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A Recipe for Evil

Posted on January 27, 2019 at 9:45 AM

Take the evil of your choice,                                                                                                    &#...

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'Happy' New Year?

Posted on January 6, 2019 at 10:05 AM

First, I will acknowledge that at this point the greeting seems to be a little bit belated, but none-the-less, this is the first Sunday of 2019. You probably noticed that the word “Happy” was in italics and that I ended my title with a question mark. Well, at this point in 2019 there is truly a big question as to whether or not 2019 will, in fact, be a happy year. After all, we are in the...

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The End is Near

Posted on December 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM

The phrase can sound ominous. The end of what? The end of the world? The end of Time? The end of Mankind? On the other hand, it could be talking about something good. The end of a long trip, the end of a long hard day at work. The end of a school year. Or, as in our case, It could merely be a statement of fact, the end of another year is near. Yes, without context it is impossible to know the intent....

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The Gift of Christmas

Posted on December 23, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Now I realize that is not an original title, in fact in all probability little if anything that I write is truly original. (I simply restate things that have already been said by people that are far smarter than I am.) None-the-less, today I would like to talk about “The Gift of Christmas”. No, not the Book, not the play, and not even the movie. Yes, the title has been used by others, ...

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Why I Celebrate Christmas

Posted on December 17, 2018 at 9:25 AM

I recently saw a post written by a person who had grown up in the church and they were expressing their view on why we should Not celebrate Christmas. The argument was well written and well thought out, and I would readily admit that they had some compelling arguments for why we, as believers today, should not participate in the Christmas Holiday and in my lifetime I have known many believers choose ...

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Posted on December 2, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Have you ever noticed how time seems to just fly between Thanksgiving and Christmas? I mean, we have our big Thanksgiving celebration filled with family and food and shopping and then we blink our eyes and Christmas is upon us. Now I realize that this is a routine that we should be used to, after all we have experienced it every year of our lives, but none the less it seems to always catch me just a ...

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Christmas Again?

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 9:20 AM

Every year we seem to repeat the same pattern: First there is Thanksgiving, followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and the Christmas rush is on. With just a little over 4 weeks till Christmas Day, there is much to do. Between shopping for presents, planning for parties, church and school activities, the task ahead of you may seem overwhelming, if not impossible.

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