Posts made in February, 2013

Reshaping Our Lives

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on Galatians 6:1-10 and deals with the subject of church health.  It was preached on the occasion of receiving new members on February 24, 2013 For the last several weeks, we have been considering relationships within the church and how those connections contribute to the overall health of our church.  We are a family of families.  To begin, I’d like to share with you the input contributed by Jeff Ost last week. I read it again with his permission: “Central is and has been much more than a church to me and my family.  It is a COMMUNITY.  I live in a nearby...

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Qualities of a Sound Church

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on Titus 2:1-15.  It was delivered on February 3, 2013 Etiquette is important.  “How to’s” are necessary.  I remember eating dinner with a friend from England.  My father in-law reminded me to eat slowly, enjoy the experience etc.  If I failed to follow his instructions, I would look like a fool. When I gave the prayer at the PA House of Representatives, I was briefed on how to enter the chamber and what I was to do and not do.  They told me how to walk, when to approach the podium, when to sit, everything from top to bottom.  One wrong move and I would be...

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Setting Life Priorities

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on Ephesians 5:15-21.  It was preached on February 17, 2013 INTRODUCTION One of the keys to being a successful person, in life, at work, with family, etc. is setting priorities.  It is the focus upon what really matters, amidst manifold distractions.  As it was put to me quite some time ago, it is the challenge “to keep the main thing, the main thing.”  Others have labeled it “keeping first things first.”  It is never easy.  Former Florida State University head football coach Bobby Bowden was known for his inspirational talks.  His players called them...

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The Church as a Family of Families

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 in Pastors' Blog

The following message is based on 1 Timothy 3:14-16 and deals with the nature of relationships within the church.  It was preached on January 20, 2013. Over the past 20 years, there seems to have been a change in the cultural climate.  Life appears to be faster than ever.  Information is limited to sound bytes and headlines.  We live moment to moment.  Jeff Reed describes our society as one that builds into us a mindset about our personal development. We want quick fixes—not long-term solutions We want how to’s—not the ability to think clearly. We want short training—not lifelong learning....

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