Pastor's Pondering

 

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

 

Light in the Darkness

by Duane Mabee on December 2, 2021
2020 and 2021 have felt like a season of deep darkness for many. Maybe for you. Let me encourage you. In many ways the sense of great darkness sets the stage for God’s glorious light. The darkness shows us how much we need God’s light. It makes us long for it and reminds of how much we want it. God has used periods of darkness and...
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Publicly Complimenting God

by Duane Mabee on November 24, 2021
Last Sunday, I challenged you to publicly give thanks and bless God for all He has done for you. We talked about giving thanks for His amazing plan of salvation and for making it known to you. ...
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A Great Relationship with God

by Duane Mabee on November 18, 2021
What does it take to have a great relationship with God? It might not be what you think. Let me illustrate. When Karla and I were looking for a new keyboard for the church, we had...
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How Do You Prepare for Thanksgiving?

by Duane Mabee on November 11, 2021
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of Your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your Name, O Most High. Ps 9:1-2...
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The God Who Sees Me

by Duane Mabee on November 4, 2021
In Scripture, God is called by a number of Names. Each Name teaches us something about the character of God and helps define what a relationship with Him looks like. God’s personal Names are...
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Sometimes God is OK When We Don't Do it Right

by Duane Mabee on October 27, 2021
I came across a story in 2 Chronicles 30 that challenges me. The crux of the story is that sometimes God is OK with us when we don’t do everything right, even though He highly values obedience....
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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...
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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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