Pastor's Pondering


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


Reflecting on the Impact of Women

by Duane Mabee on May 5, 2021
As I reflect on the women who have had a major impact in my life, some of them were mothers and some weren’t. My own mother was not a perfect person, but I am who I am because of her. She and my father taught me a strong work ethic. She held me to my word and called me out on any deception I allowed to filter into my life or...
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Can You Be a Disciple?

by Duane Mabee on April 28, 2021
What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? Does it just mean to come to a building once or multiple times a week and listen to someone teach the Bible? In his book, Spiritual...
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Discipleship Effect Relationships

by Duane Mabee on April 20, 2021
When we talk about what a Christian should look like, we must talk about his or her relationships. Being a disciple of Christ always changes our relationships. In the beatitudes listed in...
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Ideal Disciple?

by Duane Mabee on April 15, 2021
What does an ideal disciple of Christ look like? J. Oswald Sanders addresses that question in his book Spiritual Discipleship, and he refers us back to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12. If you...
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Who Does God Guide?

by Duane Mabee on April 8, 2021
The Lord is good and upright; therefore He shows sinners the way. He leads the humble in what is right and teaches them His way. All the Lord’s ways show faithful love and truth to those who...
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God's Ultimate Display of Love

by Duane Mabee on March 31, 2021
This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent...
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What if Jesus Needs Your...

by Duane Mabee on March 24, 2021
Imagine one day that a couple of door-to-door evangelists come to your driveway and began hotwiring your old faithful Toyota Tundra and your brand-new Tacoma. When you confront them, they reply,...
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Preparing for Easter

by Duane Mabee on March 18, 2021
How are you preparing for Easter? I am sure there is a lot of physical preparation going on – meal planning, house cleaning, shopping, etc. What about heart preparation? What are you doing to...
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Let the Word do its Work

by Duane Mabee on March 10, 2021
Last Sunday, we talked about how to hold on to your faith. One way to do that is by letting the Word of God do its work on you. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, The Word of God is living and active,...
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More Onsite Requires More Involvement

by Duane Mabee on March 4, 2021
As I write this the COVID-19 stats in our area continue to improve and schools continue to move toward having students on campus full-time. Things are opening again, and North River is looking at...
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Gospel-revealing Communities

by Duane Mabee on February 24, 2021
What kind of church community glorifies God the most, one where we all get along well because we have so much in common, or one where we all get along well even though we have almost nothing in...
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Soul Anchor

by Duane Mabee on February 17, 2021
The Book of Hebrews provides us with a “sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf,”...
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Confession is Good

by Duane Mabee on February 11, 2021
If I said, “I have something I need to confess,” what do you anticipate about what I had to say next? Would you believe that we were about to have a positive conversation, or would you prepare...
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Communion is a Holy Moment

by Duane Mabee on February 4, 2021
Communion is a holy moment where we remember what Christ did for us on the cross. We celebrate our redemption and worship Jesus for taking our sins upon Himself, giving us His righteousness and...
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What is Prayer?

by Duane Mabee on January 27, 2021
What is prayer? We are in the middle of a 40 day focus on prayer, so surely, we know how to answer that question. Or do we? How would you answer it? For many, prayer means telling God...
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