Pastor's Pondering


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


Honest Self-Evaluation

by Duane Mabee on June 1, 2023
Honest self-evaluation is one of the most difficult things to do, and one of the most important. After describing how badly the Israelites went astray in the Older Testament, Paul warned the Corinthians saying, “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall,” (1 Cor 10:12-13 ESV). In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus talked about...
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What if Satisfaction Isn't the Goal?

by Duane Mabee on May 25, 2023
Have you taken a satisfaction survey recently? I’m sure you have. They are everywhere. If you call customer service, you usually have to listen to a plea to take a satisfaction survey before...
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Make Today Look More Like Heaven

by Duane Mabee on May 17, 2023
In Revelation 5:9-10, Jesus is worshiped in heaven because: …You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God From every tribe and language and people and nation. And You have...
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I Saw a Lighthouse

by Duane Mabee on May 10, 2023
I saw a lighthouse in the middle of Tennessee. There wasn’t a navigable waterway anywhere near it. No vessel was in any danger of ever being dashed against hidden, underwater rocks, or slammed...
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What Jesus Did for Us

by Duane Mabee on May 4, 2023
As we prepare for Communion this Sunday, it would be good to spend some time thinking through what Jesus did for us. Romans says we were all under the same sentence of condemnation,...
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The Goal is Transformation

by Duane Mabee on April 26, 2023
The Bible is not a textbook to study, or a collection of proof texts to support what we believe. It is a manual to live by. It is not a source of trivia to amuse us. It is God’s love letter to...
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We Need Something from Heaven

by Duane Mabee on April 19, 2023
Before He returned to heaven, Jesus put the Holy Spirit in charge of all matters related to the Church. The Church was born when the Holy Spirit came, (Acts 2). Jesus promised that the Holy...
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It's Not Just What You Know

by Duane Mabee on April 14, 2023
People who have attended evangelical churches for very long have often learned a lot about the Bible and the Christian faith. In our circles, the strength of a church is frequently gauged by the...
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Happy Easter!

by Duane Mabee on April 5, 2023
Happy Easter! Today, we celebrate the most important event of all time. Nothing that has ever happened or ever will happen comes close to the importance of the resurrection. By His resurrection...
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Regardless of the Tide

by Duane Mabee on March 30, 2023
What an exciting day that first Palm Sunday must have been. Expectations ran high as Jesus entered Jerusalem. Although His transportation wasn’t as regal as it could have been, it did fulfill...
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Angels and the Resurrection

by Duane Mabee on March 23, 2023
Angels are interesting beings. Sometimes their appearance is so awe-inspiring people pass out like the guards at the tomb, (Matt. 28:3). At other times, they seem so ordinary they almost fade...
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Included and Commissioned

by Duane Mabee on March 16, 2023
As we approach Easter, let’s spend some time looking at the details of the resurrection and what they mean. The Gospels spend a significant amount of ink describing the details surrounding the...
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Waiting is a Waste of Time, or is it?

by Duane Mabee on March 8, 2023
Waiting is a pain. Most of us don’t do it well. As Bill Crowder writes in The Path of His Passion, “waiting seems pointless… it is easy to replace simple waiting with drive or ambition or...
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Fight for Joy

by Duane Mabee on March 2, 2023
Recently, Karla and I were privileged to attend a banquet for area pastors and spouses. As you would expect, the speaker’s message was primarily directed to those in ministry. It dealt with what...
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Thoughts on Spiritual Warfare

by Duane Mabee on February 22, 2023
We’re facing a time of spiritual warfare. I’ve heard several people say that, and I agree. A number of recent situations confirm that observation and indicate that the warfare is likely to...
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