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A Tribute to Eric M. Landoll

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in Pastors' Blog

On April 7, 2017, we lost a dear man and good friend, Eric Landoll. The day of his memorial service contained some irony. On the one hand, it is not common, and certainly not fun, to reflect on a life that ended too soon. 48 years old is young by most standards. I’m sure you agree. On the other hand, nearly 300 guests gathered at his service to remember a young man who was loved and who loved many. It was a blessing to have known this quiet soul who would be the first to say hello; the first to ask how you were doing; and the first to...

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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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