Pastor's Pondering


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


Do What the Good Samaritan Did

by Duane Mabee on October 13, 2022
Luke 10 tells of an encounter between Jesus and a religious man. The guy tried to put Jesus on the spot asking, “What do I need to do to get to heaven?” Jesus turned the question back on him, after all, he was supposed to be highly knowledgeable about God’s laws. “What does the Bible say?” Jesus asked. “Any Sunday school kid can answer...
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Keeping it in Context

by Duane Mabee on October 6, 2022
Sometimes, we quote Bible verses without any thought about their context in the Scripture, but it can be a bit like news agencies quoting politicians. You can completely change the meaning of the...
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Greater Love Has No One Than This

by Duane Mabee on September 28, 2022
As Jesus was making His way to the cross, He told His disciples, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lays down...
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Context Changes Everything

by Duane Mabee on September 22, 2022
Context changes everything. Years ago, there was a popular Christian worship song that included the lines: I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the people. I will sing praises to Thee...
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Why Do We Baptize?

by Duane Mabee on September 15, 2022
This weekend, we will baptize two individuals which prompts the question, “What is baptism and why do we practice it?” The simple answer to why we do it is that the Bible tells us to. Those...
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Learn Unity by Being Together

by Duane Mabee on September 8, 2022
It is important for the church to gather because it is the only way we learn how to be unified with people who are different from us. God is glorified through our unity amid diversity, and the...
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Embassy of Heaven

by Duane Mabee on September 1, 2022
There are a number of metaphors used in the New Testament to describe the church. The church is the body of Christ and the bride of Christ. We are called a living temple, the household of God,...
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Church: God's People Gathered

by Duane Mabee on August 25, 2022
What is the “church”? I doubt anyone at North River would say it is the building. Most of us would say something like, “the church is the people,” but Jesus promised to be with us whenever two...
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What is the Church?

by Duane Mabee on August 17, 2022
What is the church and why should we care? A broad definition is: The community of all true believers, (Wayne Grudem). That definition includes all believers, throughout all time, in what is...
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Is Church Necessary

by Duane Mabee on August 11, 2022
What is the church and is it necessary? Many Christians believe the answer to the second half of that question is “no”. They see no reason to go through the hassle of getting out and interacting...
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Christ In and Through Us

by Duane Mabee on August 4, 2022
The founder of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Dr. A. B. Simpson, taught that the Christ Who justified us also wants to enter each believer’s spirit and substitute His strength, His...
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Having the Spirit vs. Being Filled with the Spirit

by Duane Mabee on July 27, 2022
There are a number of phrases in Scripture that we read over far too quickly, assuming they are just metaphors. Among them are, “Christ in you”, “you are in Christ”, “you are united with Christ”...
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It's a Far Different Life

by Duane Mabee on July 21, 2022
In the book Wholly Sanctified: Living a Life Empowered by the Holy Spirit, A. B. Simpson talked about being conformed to the image of Christ. He wrote: Implicit obedience to every voice of...
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The Deeper Life

by Duane Mabee on July 14, 2022
There were a number of ministry priorities that coalesced in the founding of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. One was a deep desire to reach those others considered undesirable with the...
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Submitting to One Another

by Duane Mabee on July 7, 2022
The last “one-another” command we’re going to address for awhile is found in Ephesians 5:21 – submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. You will observe that the verse isn’t written...
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