Pastor's Pondering


Senior Pastor Duane Mabee's weekly Pastor's Pondering can be read here, as seen in the printed church bulletin weekly.

Organizational Focus

by Duane Mabee on July 12, 2018
One of the things we are working on in the Fanning the Flame church revitalization process is a thorough review of our organizational structure. Rick Hall is leading this effort along with Jayne Morgan and Doug Padgett. Lee Kricher writes: The most beneficial outcome of having a clear and compelling vision is organizational focus –...
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Know What You Do Best

by Duane Mabee on July 6, 2018
Highly effective organizations – including churches – have many things in common. One thing they all share is that they have figured out what they can do better than anyone else. They know why...
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As Long as it's Someone Else's

by Duane Mabee on June 29, 2018
Years ago, I was recruited to change the way a company handled state legislation. Part of that project involved changing the corporate culture. I won’t go into detail because you would find it...
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Lord, Send Us More Eleanors

by Duane Mabee on June 21, 2018
I’ve been reading, For a New Generation: A Practical Guide for Revitalizing Your Church, by Lee Kricher. It’s a good book. Though, I’m not inclined to do revitalization the way Kricher did, (I...
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Passing the Church On

by Duane Mabee on June 13, 2018
Some of you will remember radio pastor Donald Cole who spoke on the Moody Radio stations for many years. Karla and I had the privilege of working with him one year during a Moody Radio fund...
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The Most Important Ingredient

by Duane Mabee on June 7, 2018
The founder of the Renovate National Church Revitalization Conference, Tom Cheyney, says “People ask me all the time what is the key ingredient to church revitalization. Most want a magic pill...
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New Sunday School

by Duane Mabee on June 4, 2018
We’re starting something new. Starting today, we will be using the same curriculum in all our Sunday school classes. The goal is to help all ages to be able to interact over what we’re...
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We Must be a Praying Church

by Duane Mabee on April 28, 2018
If North River is going to be a spiritually healthy church, we must also be a praying church. Prayer must be one of our highest priorities. Harry Reader states that “When we desire to see our...
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Growing Up

by Duane Mabee on April 28, 2018
One of the Holy Spirit’s primary roles in the life of every believer is to help them grow-up in Christ and become spiritually mature. We call that “sanctification”. The Spirit takes Personal...
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Fanning the Flame Update

by Duane Mabee on April 19, 2018
So, what’s happening with the Fanning the Flame process these days? Fair question. Let me give you some ideas. The team has been actively at work reading, listening to CD’s and thinking through...
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A Simple (But Hard) Way to Pray

by Duane Mabee on April 12, 2018
I’ve been reading a small booklet in which Martin Luther describes his simple method of praying. It’s called A Simple Way to Pray by Archie Parrish and it is part of the work the Fanning the...
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Top Priorities

by Duane Mabee on April 7, 2018
At the top of the bulletin each Sunday, we print the mission statement of North River. Have you seen it? Could you write it out without looking? Try it now, without looking it up or reading...
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Happy Resurrection Sunday!

by Duane Mabee on March 29, 2018
Happy Resurrection Sunday!!! Because Jesus is alive, we have every reason to celebrate. When the angel rolled the stone away from the entrance to the tomb, he not only proved it was empty,...
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He Who is to Come

by Duane Mabee on March 22, 2018
One of the simplest titles of Jesus is “He Who is to Come”. John the Baptist used it of Jesus on several occasions. He introduced Jesus saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after...
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Working on Prayer and Spiritual Gifts

by Duane Mabee on March 15, 2018
I mentioned in the last Fanning the Flame Update that we have begun working on the areas of prayer and spiritual gifts. Let me bring you up to speed a little on what is happening in those two...
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