NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

Jesus reached for a little child, placed him among the Twelve, and embraced him. Then He said, “Whoever welcomes one of these children in My name welcomes Me; …” Mark 9:36-37a Have you ever written something but looking back at it, it seemed awkward to you? After reading and giving...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018

We have just celebrated and observed the 242nd Birthday of America, in which many spoke of the country winning its freedom from tyranny and oppression. Yet, we all know that as much as we love our country, not everyone experienced freedom from tyranny and oppression with the signing of “The...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2018

Reverend Billy Graham, whom I admired greatly, died this week at the age of 99. Growing up just north of where Dr. Graham lived, I joined in the admiration of him and his ministry by very diverse Christians theologically. I even thought of him as a role model. You always...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018

This Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent. The assigned scripture from Genesis 9 talks about is about Rainbows. While rainbows are special to our community, they have a significance for all of God’s creatures. Who among us don’t remember: “Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly. … If happy little...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2018

“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.” (Mark 1:35, NRSV) From the assigned reading for this Sunday from the Gospel of Mark 1:29-39, verse 35 above stood out to me. In the preceding 6...

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NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018

Have you ever had a change of mind about an issue that left you wondering … what was I thinking? The more I study scripture these days, the more that happens to me. I grew up in a very conservative Pentecostal Holiness Church. I’m forever grateful for the foundation it...

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