Pastor's Pondering


Read Senior Pastor Duane Mabee's weekly Pastor's Ponderings here!


How Do You Pray for the Church?

by Duane Mabee on October 20, 2021
How do you pray for North River, both its leaders and congregation? Do you pray for North River? I hope so. We need it. I am struck by the way Paul consistently prayed for the churches he worked with. Take some time to look through his letters. He describes how he prays for the recipients at the beginning of most of them. What...
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Understanding the Times

by Duane Mabee on October 14, 2021
The first 9 chapters of 1 Chronicles aren’t captivating reading. They are a bit like a voting registry from ancient Israel – lots of unpronounceable names. You get a break in chapters 10-11,...
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What are We Producing

by Duane Mabee on October 6, 2021
What are we producing? Have you ever asked that question about our church? Jesus’ job description for us is to make disciples, fold them into a Christlike, loving fellowship, teach them to obey...
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Communion with the Persecuted

by Duane Mabee on September 29, 2021
The following thoughts on communion have their roots in something Francis Chan wrote in his book Letters to the Church. Can you imagine what it would have been like to take communion with...
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Are We Obeying Jesus' Great Commission?

by Duane Mabee on September 22, 2021
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the...
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To Have Power - Pray

by Duane Mabee on September 16, 2021
We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results. R....
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To Complain is Easy

by Duane Mabee on September 9, 2021
God calls us to intercession, not accusation. In Revelation, Satan is called the accuser of the brethren. In Romans and Hebrews, Jesus is called our Intercessor. Who do we follow… the accuser...
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God Relies on Us

by Duane Mabee on September 2, 2021
Here is the heart of the matter, and that which should change the way we pray forever: Prayer is the way God has chosen to accomplish His will on earth. When we understand that, suddenly prayer...
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Disciples Before or After

by Duane Mabee on August 26, 2021
In the little booklet, The Overcoming Life, D. L. Moody addressed the topic of humility. I don’t think I can improve on his words, so I will quote him at length and make a few comments below. ...
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Learn from Me for I Am...

by Duane Mabee on August 19, 2021
Matthew 11 records one of the many debates Jesus endured regarding Who He was and what He was doing. As the debate drew to a close, Jesus urged the people to come to Him and learn from Him. His...
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Flight Attendant or Combat Soldier

by Duane Mabee on August 11, 2021
When you pray and say “Amen”, what would happen if God immediately said “yes” to everything you asked Him for? If He granted every request exactly the way you wanted Him to how would the Kingdom...
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Hard Time Consentrating?

by Duane Mabee on August 5, 2021
Are you having a hard time thinking clearly or concentrating these days? Chances are you’re not crazy or losing your mind. Counselors agree that 2020 and now 2021 have had a negative impact on...
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Are They Really Following

by Duane Mabee on July 28, 2021
In Luke 9:57-62, three people considered following Jesus. Two volunteered, and Jesus asked the other one to follow Him. We don’t know if any of them eventually followed Jesus, but the tone of...
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Real Discipleship

by Duane Mabee on July 22, 2021
Many believe in a form Christianity that does not require a person to make any serious attempt at submitting to or following Jesus. But according to Jesus, there is no such thing as a Christian...
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Our Main Task

by Duane Mabee on July 14, 2021
Jesus gave His church a job to do before He gets back. He left us in charge and gave us one mission to complete. We know it as the Great Commission. All authority in heaven and on...
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