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Sanctification II: Finding Treasure in Darkness How to Get Through What You're Going Through October 24, 2021 Bonfires, shooting stars, fireflies, the northern lights.. These are just a few of the “treasures” you might discover in a dark place. It’s common for kids to be afraid of the dark. But I’m not sure whether it’s really the darkness they’re …
 
Sanctification I: Transformed Through Trouble How to Get Through What You're Going Through October 17, 2021 You’ve probably heard the phrase, “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” If you do a little digging, you’ll find the phrase is attributed to Henry Kissinger, who, for you youngsters watching, was a Nixon-era politician. …
 
Surrender: The Path to Peace How to Get Through What You're Going Through October 10, 2021 The international sign for surrender is the raising of a white flag. Soldiers have been using white flags to indicate surrender for thousands of years. An ancient Roman historian wrote of white flags being displayed as part of the surrender at the Second Batt…
 
Struggle: When Life Makes No Sense How to Get Through What You're Going Through October 3, 2021 You might say this when you order no pickles on your burger, but it comes with pickles anyway. Or when you need to meet a work deadline, but you keep getting interrupted. “The struggle is real!” When the pillows at your hotel are more like pancakes than …
 
Sorrow: Getting Through Life's Losses How to Get Through What You're Going Through September 26, 2021 News flash!! The Pity Train has just derailed at the intersection of Suck It Up and Move On and crashed into We All Have Problems, before coming to a complete stop at Get the Heck Over It. Any complaints about how we operate can be forwarded to 1-8…
 
Shock: When Your World Collapses How to Get Through What You're Going Through September 19, 2021 October 29, 1929… "Black Tuesday" hit Wall Street as investors traded some 16 million shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a single day. Billions of dollars were lost, wiping out thousands of investors. Overnight, many people lost their businesses a…
 
Well, Whaddya Know? How to Get Through What You're Going Through September 12, 2021 It was just a regular Tuesday morning. I was up early and in my office, enjoying some quiet time with Jesus before starting to work on my sermon. There was nothing unique or unusual about the day. Nothing seemed off. As staff arrived, there was the usual banter and …
 
Represent! How Do You Recognize a Christian? September 5, 2021 A logo is all about identity. Wikipedia defines a logo as a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol used to promote public identification and recognition. Logos can convey certain virtues or values without the need for a lengthy explanation. They can also create strong emotions or reactions. A …
 
Love With(out) Boundaries How Do You Recognize a Christian? August 29, 2021 It was American advertising executive and author Lois Wyse who came up with a tagline for a small company in Orrville, Ohio, which made them famous across the country: “With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good.” And Smucker’s has been a household name ever since. She’s…
 
Know, Know, Know How Do You Recognize a Christian? August 22, 2021 A friend of mine is living in limbo this week. Her routine and schedule have been turned upside down by…wanna guess?? A family member was exposed to Covid. So, she’s waiting, a bit impatiently, for test results. Maybe you can relate? There’s a ripple effect when our lives are interr…
 
It All Adds Up How Do You Recognize a Christian? August 15, 2021 In an online article titled ‘Why We Believe Things’ David Harding, CEO of Winton, a research-based investment management company, writes, “When we truly believe something it profoundly influences our actions. These actions can then exert a powerful influence on the beliefs of others.”…
 
The Circle of Love How Do You Recognize a Christian? August 8, 2021 On December 10, 2020, the Washington Examiner ran a story with this headline: Dairy Queen customers contribute to 900-vehicle ‘pay it forward’ chain. It began on December 3, when one man decided to pay for the car behind him — prompting a chain of giving that lasted almost three da…
 
Tried & True How Do You Recognize a Christian? August 1, 2021 It began in 1956 and was on-air continuously until 1978. Since then it’s been revised several times, reaching a total of 31 seasons in 2021. To Tell the Truth is an American game show in which four celebrity panelists are presented with three contestants. The contestants all claim to be …
 
This week, we are about halfway through our summer series, How Do You Recognize a Christian? as we study the letters written by the Apostle John. There’s an old song that says, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” That’s the heart of what John is getting at in our study this week. The only way the world will know what the love of Jesus l…
 
Who's Your Daddy? How Do You Recognize a Christian? July 18, 2021 Nobody likes to be wrong. And in a very real and devastating sense, our culture has lost the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. If you were to say to someone, “What you are doing is a sin,” what they will most likely hear you saying is, “I’m judging you,” not, “I love yo…
 
The Blessings of Abidiance How Do You Recognize a Christian? July 11, 2021 Language is an ever-evolving thing. But where do new words or phrases come from and how do they go from obscure to official? A word gets into a dictionary when it’s used by many people who all agree that it means the same thing. First, you drop the word into your conversatio…
 
Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction How Do You Recognize a Christian? July 4, 2021 Most people are familiar with the classic ‘icebreaker’ party game, Two Truths and a Lie. To play, one person has to make three statements about themselves to the rest of the group. Two statements must be true; the other, however is a lie. Each person guesses which of the …
 
A Cautionary Tale How Do You Recognize a Christian? June 27, 2021 If you live in Oregon, where our church is located, you’re probably aware that much of our state is under an “excessive heat” warning this weekend. Around here, that means the highways to the Oregon coast will be packed with cars as people seek to escape from the heat. The forecast a…
 
Level Up Love How Do You Recognize a Christian? June 20, 2021 I’m not really much of a gamer. For you older viewers, that’s someone who plays video games. Although I did get sucked into playing Candy Crush a few years ago. It took me maybe six months to “crush” all 1,400 and some-odd levels of the game. That’s time I’m never gonna get back! Since t…
 
The Real Deal How Do You Recognize a Christian? June 6, 2021 Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not…do you know a fake when you see one? From fake grass to fake footwear, fake Amazon packages to fake ID…there’s a “fooler” for just about everything you can imagine. Many of you know of my love for Diet Coke. In a blind test, I could t…
 
The Real Deal How Do You Recognize a Christian? June 6, 2021 Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not…do you know a fake when you see one? From fake grass to fake footwear, fake Amazon packages to fake ID…there’s a “fooler” for just about everything you can imagine. Many of you know of my love for Diet Coke. In a blind test, I could t…
 
Essentials: The End Times May 30, 2021 If you google “end times news,” your search will come back with an astonishing and overwhelming 1 billion 850 million results. It seems that people everywhere, of every faith or no faith at all, are, at some level, intrigued with the unknown and interested in what “the end” will look like. Countless people hav…
 
Essentials: The Church May 23, 2021 Over the past 18 months or so, people in every sector of our society and around the world have had to figure out how to keep doing the things we’ve always done but in a whole new way. We’ve redesigned how we do work, school, healthcare, shopping, social life, and church. We’ve reorganized our daily routines, re-w…
 
Essentials: Salvation May 16, 2021 Years ago, when our kids were little, we would pile into the car on Sunday morning and set off for church. Nine times out of ten, we took the exact same route. Though the kids were too little to drive, they knew where we were headed by the familiar route and rhythm of the car. This was the way to church. Once in a…
 
Essentials: Humanity May 9, 2021 It’s the one question every human being wants an answer to. Maybe you’re asking it right now. It doesn’t matter what gender you are, what color your skin is, what neighborhood you live in, or how much money you make. It makes no difference if you’re a sports fan or a music lover, a stay-at-home parent or a CEO, an e…
 
Essentials: The Holy Spirit May 2, 2021 For most people, the concept of a father or father figure is one that is understandable, if not relatable. Whether your dad was amazing or absent, fantastic or dysfunctional, regardless of personal experience, we each have a frame of reference by which we understand what a father is. By the same token, we all…
 
Essentials: Jesus April 25, 2021 In 1952, C.S. Lewis published his classic work, Mere Christianity. It was an adaptation of a series of talks that Lewis had given on BBC radio between 1941 and 1944. England was deeply embroiled in the Second World War. It was a dark time in history. Lewis, a member of the English faculty at Oxford was invited to pr…
 
Essentials: God April 18, 2021 If someone asked you to identify the five most important things in your life, what would you say? A quick search and scroll through several different websites this week, provided me with an insightful look at what our culture thinks the most important things are. The order varied from site to site, but for the most pa…
 
Essentials: Scripture April 11, 2021 A spokesman for Ripley’s Believe It or Not once said: “If you’re told something enough times, you’re sure to start believing it." So, how many of these things do you believe? Camels store water in their humps. Nope. There is zero gravity in space. Also, not true. Coffee stunts your growth and dehydrates your bod…
 
The Day No One Believed April 4, 2021 I must admit. I am a sci-fi guy. I love science fiction…from space to superheroes. Just the thought of either sparks my imagination about the possibilities. OK, I’m not looking to start a fight here, but hands-down, the best superhero is Superman. If you’ve ever watched some of the more out-there episodes of an…
 
T.G.I.F. Everyone knows what those four letters stand for. Whether you’re young or old, Friday seems to be everyone’s favorite day. And for good reason…there are a lot of good things to love about Fridays. Maybe it’s “casual Friday” at the office, or date night, or family game night, or the anticipation of sleeping in on Saturday, or that a whole w…
 
For the World March 28, 2021 They say that ignorance is bliss. But is it, really? According to an article on Forbes website, artificial intelligence experts are now teaching computers to come up with better questions, because humans aren’t as good at identifying the gaps in our knowledge as we think we are. In other words, you don’t know what you d…
 
The Old Testament March 21, 2021 In the English language, certain words can have multiple meanings. It’s part of what makes English such a difficult language to learn! Take, for example, the word “old.” It can mean ancient, obsolete, old-fashioned, or stale. It can also mean durable, enduring, or timeless. When we think about the Old Testament, whi…
 
In the Beginning March 14, 2021 All the best stories begin with great opening lines. Let’s see if you can identify where these famous lines came from… Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. -Winnie the Pooh Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You'r…
 
Last Things First March 7, 2021 I was talking to the mom of a young adult a couple of weeks ago. She told me her son decided to take a Bible class in his secular college. Mom expressed her concern but was told, “Don’t worry, Mom, I know what I believe.” Sure enough, after the class there is nothing but doubt and skepticism. How do you know you can …
 
Go the Next Step to Develop a "Rule of Life" February 28, 2021 There are a lot of crazy rules out there. In the state of Connecticut: Pickles must bounce. You are not allowed to sell a pickle unless it bounces. I guess it’s good they also have a 5-second rule there. In Juneau, Alaska, flamingo owners are prohibited from bringing their pet into a ba…
 
Grow into an Emotionally Mature Adult February 21, 2021 Well…it feels a little bit like Groundhog Day to me. Well, it feels a little bit like Groundhog Day to me. Well, it feels a little bit like Groundhog Day to me. …feels a little bit…bit like Groundhog Day, like Groundhog Day, Groundhog Day to me. Not the holiday; the movie. If you aren’t famili…
 
Discover the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath February 7, 2021 Shaniko, Golden, Sumpter, Galena, and Millican. These are just a few of the more than 200 ghost towns that are scattered across our state. There are some who believe that Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state. And while it’s nearly impossible to prove a statement like …
 
Enlarge Your Soul Through Grief and Loss January 31, 2021 In a culture that is hyper-focused on acceptance, achievement, and success, there is precious little room for loss and grief. No one puts their failures on a resume. We put our best foot forward and slap a smile on our faces, regardless of what’s going on beneath the surface. And yet, withou…
 
Journey Through the Wall January 24, 2021 Will all the control freaks in the room raise their hands? Don’t worry…I can’t see you. But I know you’re out there! If the worldwide pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that control is an illusion; and though we want it, we don’t have it! Of course, there are some things you can control; but the reality …
 
Going Back in Order to Go Forward January 17, 2021 A quick online search for the meaning of the word “inheritance” provides us with these definitions: something that is or may be inherited; the act of inheriting property; the reception of genetic qualities by transmission from parent to offspring; and the acquisition of a possession, condition, or …
 
Know Yourself that You May Know God January 10, 2021 It’s an important question, and one that everyone, sooner or later, will need to answer: Who are you? In countries and cultures all around the world, people are searching for an identity. So where do we find it? How do we know who we are? Far too many settle for allowing feelings, community, or l…
 
I'm Not OK, You're Not OK Emotionally Healthy Spirituality January 3, 2021 Happy New Year! I don’t think I have ever been so glad to see one year end and another begin. I imagine many of you are feeling the same way although there’s nothing about starting a new year that will make anything magically better or different! I think most of us have made…
 
2020 Year in Review December 27, 2020 It is deeply etched in my memory. And even though it no longer has any practical purpose for me, I still remember it…963.7710. It’s the first phone number I ever memorized as a kid (before area codes were necessary for reaching the intended person). Today, technology does much of our remembering for us. Instead…
 
The Rest of the Story Faithful December 24, 2020 It’s a very COVID Christmas. No matter where you are, or what your traditions might be, all of us have had to adjust our plans, and our expectations this year. I’m sure there are many who ‘ve wrestled through the angst of how/when/ or even IF to celebrate this year. Perhaps you are finding it difficu…
 
The Journey to Bethlehem Faithful December 20, 2020 It’s the whine you hear coming from the back seat. Whether it’s over the hills and thru the woods to Grandma’s house, or just a quick trip to the store, it seems you’re barely 10 minutes down the road before it begins... “Are we there yet?” With no real understanding of timeframes or distance, and…
 
Raising a Child Not Your Own Faithful December 13, 2020 “Let every heart prepare Him room…” “O come, o come, Emmanuel…” “O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, there is room in my heart for thee…” The songs of Christmas are filled with phrases that welcome or invite Christ into our lives. The words remind us of the truth that there was no room available f…
 
Whose Child Is This? Faithful December 6, 2020 It’s one of the most exuberant, popular, and beloved of traditional Christmas carols. And yet, it’s not actually a carol at all. In fact, though we sing and treat it this way, it’s not even a song about Christmas; at least, not as its author intended. Isaac Watts was born in 1674, in South Hampton, Eng…
 
A Carpenter Named Joseph Faithful November 29, 2020In this message, we’re beginning a new sermon series called “Faithful.” Throughout this Christmas season, we’ll be taking a look at the birth of Jesus through the eyes of Joseph. If you’re a parent, you know how carefully you consider the involvement of other adults in the lives of your kids. Can y…
 
Life in the Valley Thanks! November 22, 2020 It was given its forbidding name by a group of pioneers, lost there in the winter of 1849-1850. Though history only records that one of the group died there, they all assumed that this place would be their grave. Rescued by two scouts, the group finally made their way out of the valley and over the Panam…
 
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