Pastor's Pondering

Senior Pastor Duane Mabee's weekly Pastor's Pondering can be read here, as seen in the printed church bulletin weekly.

Where's the Pressure

by Duane Mabee on November 18, 2020
“It doesn’t matter, really, how great the pressure is, it only matters where the pressure lies. See that it never comes between you and the Lord – then, the greater the pressure, the more it presses you to His breast.” Hudson Taylor Hudson Taylor, the pioneer missionary to China, wrote those words during a particularly difficult period of...
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Wrestling with Burnout

by Duane Mabee on November 11, 2020
When church leaders examine men and women for ordination or consecration, we pepper them with lots of theology and ministry questions. We want to know what they believe and if they can support...
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The Voting is Over - Now the Church Needs to Go to Work

by Duane Mabee on November 4, 2020
The voting is over, but the presidential election may not be decided for some time. Voter turnout is predicted to be the highest in 120 years, yet the election results are not what many thought...
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We Believe

by Duane Mabee on October 30, 2020
Some time ago, the Newsboys put out the song We Believe. I think it says what we need to hear these days. We believe in God, Who conquered death and provided us with forgiveness and salvation. ...
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Holy Spirit Power?

by Duane Mabee on October 22, 2020
So why does God give us the power of the Holy Spirit? What is His purpose in our lives? If you have a few minutes, write down some answers to those questions and then look them over. I have no...
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Turn the World Right Side Up

by Duane Mabee on October 14, 2020
Why does God fill believers with the Holy Spirit? How would you answer that question? J. Oswald Sanders, in his book Spiritual Discipleship, wrote: It seems strange that although the...
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If You Struggle with Worry

by Duane Mabee on October 8, 2020
If you struggle with worry, these days are probably driving you crazy. Even if you don’t normally wrestle with it, you may be this year. But we do not need to give in to worry or fear. No...
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Knowing God vs. Knowing God's Will

by Duane Mabee on October 1, 2020
The Apostle Paul wrote: “Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as...
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It's Gonna be OK

by Duane Mabee on September 23, 2020
I saw a face mask the other day that sums up how I feel. It said: “I’m 2020% over this year.” I’ve told a couple of people about that and they reacted the same way I did. “That is SO how I...
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by Duane Mabee on September 15, 2020
I received the poem …Exposed… by Sarah Bournes from a new acquaintance. He wrote that he and his wife have referred to it often, because it touches on some things we should all take time to...
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What Will You Take With You?

by Duane Mabee on September 12, 2020
I have heard people say, “They are trying to kill the church through the pandemic restrictions”. I’m not going to address the veracity of that statement or debate the politics surrounding it. My...
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Why Does God Go Silent?

by Duane Mabee on September 2, 2020
I love to read about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, but have you ever thought of the story from Mary and Martha’s point of view? You can read the story in John 11. I am sure that when...
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My Father Told Me...

by Duane Mabee on August 24, 2020
I mentioned the statement below during the sermon last Sunday. The Lord impressed this on me a while back and it continues to resonate in my heart and mind. My Father told me not to...
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Don't Curse the Darkness

by Duane Mabee on August 18, 2020
I picked up the following statement a long time ago, but it sure seems appropriate in our current context. I have modified the statement over the years, but the concept is still the same. Don’t...
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God Wants Us to be Interested in What Interests Him

by Duane Mabee on August 13, 2020
I came across the following quote by Robertson McQuilkin in his book Life in the Spirit. Most of us are quite self-centered in our prayers, using prayer to capture some of God’s power, if...
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