Pastor's Corner

  • 28 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday November 1, 2020, and then begins again Sunday March 14, 2021.  Set your clocks! The change will take place at 2 a.m. on those fall and spring mornings. Things you might not know about Day Light Saving Time  Why 2...
  • 21 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    I’m beginning to feel my age, but I’m not that old.  Normally when you hear someone say that it has something to do with the limiting of their physical abilities.  No, I cannot keep up with my son running cross country or match the...
  • 14 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    I have to admit that I have actually enjoyed listening to the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.  Like one legal scholar said yesterday, “I actually learned something today.”  It has been a courteous and educational proceeding.  I have...
  • 7 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    By now the whole world knows that President Trump contracted the Corona virus.  It was not a surprise to level headed, rational thinking people.  But to others in the media it was as if Christmas came early.  It was as if they were waiting...
  • 30 Sep
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    Mid-Week. Challenge

    In Matthew 10:16 Jesus makes the famous charge to Believers, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.” Make no mistake, there is a war going on now, in fact, the war has been going...
  • 23 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    I spent a few moments this morning watching the ceremony for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as her casket was being placed at the Supreme Court building.  Later she will become the first woman in history to lie in state at the US Capitol....
  • 16 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    One of the more positive outcomes of being in the COVID lockdown is that it has caused Americans to evaluate what they consider important.  A recent poll of 2,000 Americans over age 21 found that isolation has brought about positive changes which have caused...
  • 9 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Halloween is more than a month away but that has not stopped stores from flooding their shelves with bags of candy for those early shoppers.  Next to Christmas, this commercial holiday is probably one of the favorites among kids. What other day is it...
  • 2 Sep
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones…” you know how the rest goes.  The truth is that words in fact do hurt.  They especially hurt when it comes from someone who has used their power and influence in a cruel way to advance...
  • 26 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    I have struggled to put into words how I feel about the depressing culture we live in.  With two teenagers at home, we work overtime trying to protect them from the wolves that stalk them daily.   There is such a double standard in every...
  • 19 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" is a well-known phrase in the United States Declaration of Independence. The phrase gives three examples of the "unalienable rights" which the Declaration says have been given to all humans by their Creator.  A common misunderstanding about...
  • 12 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    One of the great challenges the COVID pandemic presented to church leaders was how do we keep our congregation together, trained in the Bible and connected with the needs of fellow members?  Thanks to social media, email and online meeting capabilities, regular meetings could...
  • 5 Aug
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    With all the jokes I have heard about taking your “dog to the vet” I never thought I would hear a true story about a dog taking himself there.  Why on earth would a dog ever think about returning to that place on...
  • 29 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Has anyone ever made you a promise and didn’t keep it?  How about a time when someone “gave you their word” and then went back on their vow?  How important is it that we keep our promises and what impact does doing what...
  • 22 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Looking for ways to unite our country seems to become harder as each day passes.  Most people are looking for positive solutions to real issues but even the best of intentions can go wrong when the voices of division speak loudest.  Take for example...
  • 8 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge

     With all the confusion on television and social media you might find it hard to put into words how you feel about our present situation.  When news media outlet leaders like Chris Cuomo and his governor brother tell us not to turn to God...
  • 1 Jul
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    What did Jesus look like?  The portrait on your grandmother’s wall? The statue in the Cathedral? Maybe the stained-glass window in the church where you grew up? Perhaps it is the image your Sunday School teacher showed you on those cards when you were...
  • 24 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If there is one lesson we should have learned over the past four years it is be careful how quickly you come to a conclusion on a subject you know nothing about.  Don’t believe everything you hear the first time you hear it. ...
  • 17 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah lived in a time similar to ours.  He proclaimed the Word of the Lord in the middle of a society in crisis.  Political correctness was not a term back then but the stories recorded in the book that bears...
  • 10 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    “Cancel Culture,” it’s a term you might not be familiar with but you have seen it in practice.  A celebrity says or posts something someone disagrees with, a social media campaign follows to ruin his or her career and “cancel” them from the social...
  • 3 Jun
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Amidst all the chaos happening in our world right now something very boring happened at 2:22PM Central last Saturday.  Space X and NASA launched two American astronauts into space from American soil for the first time in over ten years.  Equally as boring was...
  • 27 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    How do you know that the COVID-19 outbreak is getting better?  The voices of blame become louder and more pronounced!  It’s sad that the human default after a crisis is to look for someone to blame.  Instead of focusing on rebuilding, growth or what...
  • 20 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    As we are coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, research is showing that faith has played a big part in getting people through the last few months.  According to a survey by the University of Chicago Divinity School and the Associated Press-NORC Center for...
  • 13 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    There is nothing funny about the COVID-19 virus that has changed the way we live and the way we will have to interact with others going forward.  Nothing funny, that is until you look at how the story has been given to us...
  • 6 May
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    With isolation restrictions lifting in several states, life is trying to be returned to a sense of normal.  Most agree that it will never be as it once was.  What this time has taught many of us is that we can take many...
  • 29 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    I read a great article today by Jim Denison titled How People You Don’t Know Change Your World.  https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/denison-forum/how-people-you-dont-know-change-your-world.html[https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/denison-forum/how-people-you-dont-know-change-your-world.html]   He talks about how people you have never met, maybe never heard their names, have a direct effect on your life.  Over the past seven weeks, through the power of technology,...
  • 22 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    As you might know, today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network...
  • 15 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    People who have been following the fringe news stories reporting on state government responses to COVID-19 were not surprised to learn about the extreme measures Mississippi, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and a few other states are going to.  While all states have adopted “stay...
  • 8 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    As Christians, we are in the middle of Holy Week, that period of time between Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday.  This is unlike any Holy Week we have experienced as a Church.  In some circles it has forced people to think more about what...
  • 1 Apr
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    April 1, 2020!  This morning I wish I would have awakened to the news anchor’s exclaiming, “April Fools! The last few weeks were just one big joke! Ha, Ha, not funny, everyone go back to your normal routine.”   But you know it’s no joke, we...
  • 25 Mar
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    This is certainly becoming one of the most unique and easy to remember years of our lives! World events, political battles, dangerous weather and now COVID-19 social distancing.  It is amazing how events can quickly bring us together as a people and just as...
  • 18 Mar
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    A lot can happen in a week.  Looking back on last week’s Midweek Challenge the reaction to the coronavirus pandemic has declined.  More cases have been reported, the Stock Market has been paused a couple of times, Disney World is closed and “social distancing” will likely...
  • 11 Mar
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If you are 20 or younger you might not remember that in early 2000 many Americans were living off of beans and rice.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner had some combination of the two ingredients.  Why were Americans restricted to such a basic diet?   Was...
  • 4 Mar
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Early Tuesday morning storms rumbled through our area leaving a devastating path of destruction.  It has been reported that over 20 people have lost their lives.  Thousands more effected with injury, property damage and in some cases complete loss.  In the area surrounding our church...
  • 26 Feb
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Living in denial will cost you.  In the past few years we have come up with some pretty interesting terms to describe people we disagree with.  A person who does not believe in manmade climate change is called a Climate Change Denier or an...
  • 19 Feb
    Franklin Graham

    Mid-Week Challenge

    Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  That can be said of...
  • 12 Feb
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Need some good news today? On our way to school this morning I shared with my daughter that I had watched as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg mentioned that he was no longer an atheist.  She responding by asking, “But is he a Christian now?”...
  • 5 Feb
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    To say that there is “tension in our nation” at the moment is an understatement.  We have watched (or at most heard about) the impeachment divide that has been going on in the Senate for the past few weeks.  It all boiled over last...
  • 29 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    We all have seen, read and made personal remarks about the passing of Kobe Bryant on Sunday.  The sudden passing of someone so well-known and loved is always emotional.  The late night talk show guests were canceled, NBA games postponed and sports channels talking...
  • 22 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    We all have heard of a church praying for revival, but have you ever heard of a church praying for “survival?”  That’s what the members of the Grove United Methodist Church in Cottage Grove, Minnesota are praying for.  The church has been around for...
  • 15 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Maybe you have heard, “The End is Near,” and there is a great photo going around the internet that proves it!  Elias Chasiotis was taking pictures of the solar eclipse on December 26 when he captured a photo at sea level of the...
  • 8 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Has anyone accused you of believing in fairytales if you take the Bible serious?  The Old Testament stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and Jonah all seem a little hard to believe if you listen to a college professor or someone who watches...
  • 1 Jan
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    So, what are we all wishing for in 2020? Here are the top 10 New Year's resolutions according to a survey of 2,000 people: 1. Diet or eat healthier (71 percent), 2. Exercise more (65 percent), 3. Lose weight (54 percent), 4. Save more and spend...
  • 25 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    One of the best family programs on television at this time of year is A Charlie Brown Christmas.  It aired for the first time more than 50 years but it continues to be one of the most beloved TV specials of Christians because of Linus’...
  • 18 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    About this time each year the Bible app YouVersion reports the most popular verse searched, downloaded and sent over the past year.  The Bible verse for 2019 is Philippians 4:6 “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him...
  • 11 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    We have not heard much about the “War on Christmas” this year, so does that mean Christians are winning? I guess it all depends on how you look at it.  In 2017 Pew Research conducted a survey that found a large majority of...
  • 4 Dec
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If you turned on the television or picked up print media just one time this past year there is a high probability that you heard about some type of “existential” threat that was looming on the horizon.  According to the reports, impending doom could...
  • 27 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    What is your idea of the perfect Thanksgiving?  Time with the family gathered around the table with a perfectly cooked bird and all the trimmings?  Light hearted conversation about memories made and times gone by?  Talk of hope and dreams by the little ones...
  • 20 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    If you follow any news outlet it has been impossible to ignore the outrage and shock of loyal fans and equal distain of hardened critics to Chick-fil-A’s decision to withdraw its financial support of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Salvation Army.  Monday’s announcement marked the end to...
  • 13 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    With all of the negative news we hear in the media today Christians often wonder if their efforts are making a difference.  Some have asked, “why bother?”  Many times we focus on the big picture and miss all the little victories happening around us. ...
  • 6 Nov
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Agree with them or not, you have to admire someone who is honest about the holes in their belief system.  Only when we reach this point can we have a real discussion about truths held by each side.  It would be nice if...
  • 30 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Over the past fifty years we have become more aware of the importance of mentoring the next generation.  We have seen the steady rise in mentor programs, youth based development programs and attention on age graded research.  In times past the focus was on...
  • 23 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    Over the past fifty years we have become more aware of the importance of mentoring the next generation.  We have seen the steady rise in mentor programs, youth based development programs and attention on age graded research.  In times past the focus was on...
  • 16 Oct
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    Mid-Week Challenge

    When was the last time you visited a fast food restaurant?  If you are on the go or have kids it might have been sometime this week.  With so many places to choose from, what motivates your selection?  Convenience, price, or line at the...