Pastor's Pondering


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


Why Memorize

by Tim Weadon (guest author) on March 10, 2022
One of the most beautiful things in my Christian life has been scripture memorization. I have advocated it for decades, yet most fellow believers simply say, “I can’t memorize”. What is the purpose of scripture memorization? Why should I do it? Why do I say it is beautiful? Scripture is given to us for “a light unto our path” (Ps...
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Successful Christians

by Duane Mabee on March 2, 2022
A noted Biblical scholar was asked, “What made the Apostle Paul so successful in his ministry”? He thought for a moment and replied, “He had a lot of friends”. It’s true. Paul lists a lot...
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Not Ashamed

by Duane Mabee on February 24, 2022
Things are weird these days and getting weirder. I never expected to see a time when so many people, organizations and governments would find it acceptable to regulate people’s thoughts and...
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Praying in the Spirit

by Duane Mabee on February 17, 2022
We announced last week that we will be talking about praying in the Spirit this Sunday. I suspect that made some a bit nervous. “What are we getting ourselves into?” Many Christians are not...
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The Power of Kingdom Advancing Prayer

by Duane Mabee on February 10, 2022
What are you praying for today that if Christ said “yes” to your request would automatically advance the Kingdom of God? The Christian and Missionary Alliance is nearing the end of our...
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Reawakening to the Return of Christ

by Duane Mabee on February 2, 2022
Interest in the return of Christ seem to rise and fall in cycles. At times, believers seem obsessed with Christ’s return. They fixate on timelines and try to place every event in order –...
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Reawakening to Christ's Mission

by Duane Mabee on January 26, 2022
In Luke 14:15-23, Jesus told a story to some religious people who didn’t want to include certain kinds of people in their “church get togethers”. A wealthy man invited lots of people to a...
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Reawakening to the Church

by Duane Mabee on January 19, 2022
It is common now for Christians to give up on the Church and walk away. Many continue to believe in Jesus Christ, but they are done with the institutional expression of the Body of Christ we call...
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Reawakening to the Spirit of Christ

by Duane Mabee on January 13, 2022
The Christian and Missionary Alliance is focusing on reawakening to the Spirit of Christ this week as part of the 40 Days of Prayer. The Alliance is praying for a fresh, new awakening like the...
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Prayer and How I See God

by Duane Mabee on January 6, 2022
Last week, we began a conversation about prayer that will span about 6 weeks. We’re calling it When You Pray. In the conversations first installment, I asked you to consider three questions. ...
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A Better Way to Start 2022?

by Duane Mabee on December 30, 2021
Beginning on Sunday, January 2, North River will participate with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 40 Days of Prayer focused on Reawakening. You may register to participate at:...
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Heart Over Head

by Duane Mabee on December 22, 2021
Very many Christians have no sense of the great difference between the Christianity of the mind and the Christianity of the heart, and the former is far more diligently cultivated than the...
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Why a Stable?

by Duane Mabee on December 15, 2021
You probably know something about the Biblical Christmas story, but that’s not a given. Some of us recently shared the Christmas story with a group of children. They all have some affiliation...
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The Great Light

by Duane Mabee on December 9, 2021
Isaiah 9 prophesied that God would send a great light to His hurting people. That light cut through the despair and gloom and brought hope – hope for them and hope for us. The light came in the...
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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...
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