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Category: The Pastor’s Pen

Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

Who are we, primarily? What is our primary identity? The climate growing over the last decade that culminated in an attack on the United States Capitol while a joint session of Congress was in session shows me that we are in the midst of a crisis of identity. We have allowed ourselves to be identified…
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Thanks in a Strange Year

14 “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in me. 2 My Father’s house has room to spare. If that weren’t the case, would I have told you that I’m going to prepare a place for you? 3 When I go to prepare a place for you, I will return and take you to…
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The Jerusalem Council

Some people came down from Judea teaching the family of believers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom we’ve received from Moses, you can’t be saved.” 2 Paul and Barnabas took sides against these Judeans and argued strongly against their position. The church at Antioch appointed Paul, Barnabas, and several others from Antioch to…
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Trials

24 An argument broke out among the disciples over which one of them should beregarded as the greatest. 25 But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles rule over their subjects, and those in authority over them are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But that’s not the way it will be with…
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Strange Times

If anyone teaches anything different and doesn’t agree with sound teaching about our Lord Jesus Christ and teaching that is consistent with godliness, 4 that person is conceited. They don’t understand anything but have a sick obsession with debates and arguments. This creates jealousy, conflict, verbal abuse, and evil suspicions. 5 There is constant bickering…
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What now?

1 From Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy. To the Thessalonians’ church that is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to all of you. 2 We always thank God for all of you when we mention you constantly in our prayers. 3 This is because we remember your work that comes…
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Trust

Trust in the Lord 3 My son, don’t forget my instruction. Let your heart guard my commands, 2 because they will help you live a long time and provide you with well-being. 3 Don’t let loyalty and faithfulness leave you. Bind them on your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then…
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Christmas Sharing

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. 11 Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord. 12 This is a sign for you: you will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a…
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Thanks

Enter his gates with thanks;enter his courtyards with praise!Thank him! Bless his name! Psalm 100:4 I want to start by thanking the entire congregation for your continued work. Two years ago, we rolled out a vision for our church of becoming, once more, an integral part of the South Hill Community. We are definitely seeing…
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Can Christians Celebrate Halloween?

From “7 Reasons Why A Christian Can Celebrate Halloween” by Alan Rudnick, pastor, author, and speaker. Can there be a Christian Halloween? Can a Christian celebrate Halloween, which honors ghouls, demons, ghosts, and everything that goes bump in the night dangerous or even evil? Somewhere, in the halls of history, Halloween or All Hallows Eve,…
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