Pastor's Pondering


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

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 churches go from embers to a flame, prayer is the spiritual element that corresponds to oxygen in a fire. Without the oxygen of prayer to produce the...
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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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Colored Easter Eggs

by Pastor Duane Mabee on March 8, 2018
Last night, I heard a radio show host ranting about the things she is not going to do this year for Easter. “Ranting” might be slightly too strong, but not much. It’s the best word I can think...
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Honoring Billy Graham

by Pastor Duane Mabee on March 2, 2018
On February 21, 2018 at 7:46 a.m., Evangelist Billy Graham closed his eyes on earth and opened them in heaven to see His Savior face to face. He was 99. As you well know, Billy Graham spent a...
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Missions Participation 2

by Pastor Duane Mabee on February 22, 2018
Each year, North River participates in the worldwide work of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) through its generous missions giving and through sending people. Last week, we looked...
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Missions Participation

by Pastor Duane Mabee on February 20, 2018
Each year, North River participates in the worldwide work of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) through its generous missions giving. I thought you might enjoy reading about some of...
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Reading for Growth

by Duane Mabee on February 8, 2018
Do you regularly read the Bible for your own spiritual growth? Don’t read into that question any sort of finger waving rebuke. That’s not what this is. As I think about the people I respect...
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Our Mission

by Duane Mabee on January 18, 2018
As we celebrate North River’s 25th anniversary, it is appropriate to look back to identify and celebrate the things that God has done for and through North River. I worship God because...
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Two Most Important Priorities

by Duane Mabee on January 4, 2018
Last Sunday, the adult Sunday school class looked at Mark 12:28-34. In that passage, Jesus explains our two most important priorities in God’s eyes. In essence, what He said was: “Since there...
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