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Why Go to Church?

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 in Pastors' Blog

This is a very good question, especially when more and more people are choosing not to attend church. The statistics regarding church attendance are unfortunate. According to a Gallup poll, 32% of Pennsylvanians attend church services weekly. 20% attend monthly. 47% seldom or never. Could it be that we are transitioning from a time when most people attended a weekly worship service, to now that most people do not? Our culture is growing more post Christian. But such trends should not affect you or me. In fact, such statistics are...

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How to Show Love on a Sunday Morning

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Pastors' Blog

“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart… .” (1 Peter 1:22 ESV) “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.” (1 Peter 2:1 ESV) “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 ESV) How do you show love on Sunday morning among God’s people? ...

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Fear Not…

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 in Pastors' Blog

“…for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV) I recently read an article written by an older teenager named Jacki as she cited her three biggest fears (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/my-3-biggest-fears-as-a-teenager). They were the following: • Fear of the future; • fear of failure; • fear of intimacy and loneliness. In citing her fear of the future, Jacki said: “As teenagers, we start to realize the idealistic plans we made as kids aren’t sure things. We don’t...

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God’s Protection and Peace

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 in Pastors' Blog

Like many kids across America, my children started back to school today. They were a little anxious, as were their parents. Wanting to get this school year started in the right way is important to all of us. Will they do well? Will they make friends? Will they make good decisions? My situation is small in comparison to those friends who recently dropped their kids off at college for the first time. My heart goes out to them. As I thought about today, a couple of verses came to mind. One was part of one of David’s recorded...

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What is God’s Will For My Life?

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 in Pastors' Blog

Such is a common question among humankind. So often we approach this subject as if we are “searching for a needle in a haystack.” We want the burning bush, as Moses experienced. Or we want a thundering voice from heaven telling us what we should do. But if it were that simple, where would faith God figure in? Is it not better that we trust God, obey Him, and step out, despite the unknowns? Augustine of Hippo, the fourth century church father, said: “Love God, and do what you will.” It is my understanding that he wrote this...

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