a word from the pastor

The College Dilemma

Has the time come, or is it on the horizon, when Christian parents should not send their children to secular colleges and universities? Admittedly, there are arguments among believers on both sides of this issue. At the risk of sounding like a patriarchal tyrannist, I still believe parents have a...
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The “Misplaced Adventure” of John Allen Chau

American John Allen Chau, 27, was killed on November 17 in his attempt to take the gospel to a small and remote tribe of people living on one of the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Both The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times quoted Indian police chief Dependra Pathak as saying the d...
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Trigger Warnings and Safe Zones

In a recent World Magazine interview, Jeff Meyers, president of Summit Ministries (which trains Christian students to think and act biblically) provided generational guidance for those in positions of leadership. Meyers explained that the younger generation has “trigger warnings” because they’re ...
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Getting Past "Born This Way"

In the past, the LGBTQ community has insisted that homosexuals are born gay. In other words, it was not something they chose but rather it’s who they are. Some even proclaim that God made them that way. This idea seems to have served two purposes; avoiding personal responsibility and gaining poli...
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The Religion of Crossfit

It should come as no surprise that, as society becomes increasingly secular, church affiliation continues to decline. What may be surprising, however, is how people are now filling the life space that used to be reserved for God and his church. A New York Times piece by Mark Oppenheimer reveals t...
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Of Borders and Bans

The clarion cries for the abolishment of ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the latest Supreme Court ruling on President Trump’s travel ban, and the recent border crisis reveal just how difficult the issue immigration is to decipher. How are we as Christians to perceive the immigrati...
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South Africa Missions Recap

I was able to get this pic of a Sable antelope on my phone just as we were leaving Kruger As much as we enjoyed our time in South Africa, we are grateful to be back home. The only problem with South Africa is getting there. It’s a long, somewhat arduous, and expensive journey, but the experie...
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South Africa Missions Update

A group of 13 from Faith Family Church left Monday afternoon on a trip to South Africa to visit and minister at the Indawo Yethemba (“A Place of Hope”) Children’s Village, an orphanage in Pietermaritzburg, a town not far from Durban, the third largest city in South Africa, located on the Indian O...
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Here We Come, South Africa!

Today, I leave for South Africa as part of a 13-member missions team from Faith Family Church. We'll be serving at the South African Children's Resiliency Project (SACRP.org) for almost two weeks. I am hoping to send you updates from the field, Lord willing, so stay tuned by clicking here....
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How to Rejoice in Suffering

Because everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ will suffer. The Apostle Paul’s response to the prophecy by Agabus in Acts 21 grabbed my attention recently in morning devotions. The great missionary had arrived in Caesarea and was hanging out with Philip the Evangelist when the Jud...
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