a word from the pastor

How’s Your Lust Life?

Not long ago, a prominent college football coach tweeted a quote in the morning: “Look not back on yesterday—so full of failure & regret; Look ahead & seek God’s way—all sin confessed u must forget.” Later that same day, according to The Wall Street Journal, the coach flew to Tampa as...
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The “S” Word

In describing his church, a dear friend of mine made a very interesting comment. He said, “The only problem is we never hear about sin.” Sin is being censored out of our culture, and it’s being censored out of our churches. Things once thought sinful are now accepted as normal. We no longer know ...
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Rethinking Retirement

I once heard that there are four stages of life: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and “you’re looking good.” It was funny until I found myself on the receiving end of that final compliment. I turned 65 this year, and when I registered for Medicare my daughter announced, “You’re officially old!”...
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The Three Tests of Unrighteous Anger

We live in an age of rage, and nowhere is this more evident than on our nation’s highways. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of traffic fatalities from “road rage” is more than twice that of drunk driving. In 2014, over 21,000 people d...
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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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Living in the Moment

I woke up this morning to an astounding discovery: God had given me another day! Admittedly, I don’t usually recognize this amazing gift, but lately I’ve been giving thought to living within the moment. You know, the “carpe diem,” approach to life; seize the day! I’m talking about striking while ...
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You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry

For you Marvel comic fans, this warning is instantly recognizable as the catchphrase of Bruce Banner before he transforms into the Incredible Hulk. Unfortunately, when you and I get angry, we can’t blame over-exposure to gamma radiation for the outburst that follows. The root of the outburst is a...
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The Legacy of Billy Graham

I was having a conversation with a friend over coffee at Panera this morning when the text came through; Dr. Billy Graham had passed away peaceably at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. I was having a conversation with a friend over coffee at Panera this morning when the text came through; ...
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I Am an Evangelical Christian

Will politics, polls, and surveys determine what we call ourselves as followers of Jesus? Will politics, polls, and surveys determine what we call ourselves as followers of Jesus? Recently, there has been quite a stir over the term “evangelical” that has left many Christian leaders frus...
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