Pastor's Pondering

 

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

 

Right Motivation - Love

by Duane Mabee on December 23, 2020
I’ve been reading a book on prayer by Tim Keller – Prayer; Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. It’s an excellent book and you will be hearing a lot from it over the coming weeks. I finished reading the book and began reading it again immediately. I rarely ever read a book twice, and this is the first time I’ve ever done it back-to-back. ...
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Get Used to Different

by Duane Mabee on December 17, 2020
To help focus our hearts and minds on the meaning of Christmas this year, Karla and I watched Christmas with the Chosen. If you aren’t familiar with The Chosen, it is an internet based,...
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The Spirit Lives in Us - Amazing!

by Duane Mabee on December 10, 2020
What follows is a collage of quotes from Francis Chan’s book Forgotten God. As believers, we know we have the Holy Spirit, but we often don’t recognize how amazing it is that the Spirit lives in...
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The Exchanged Life

by Duane Mabee on December 3, 2020
“Yes, in me, in me He dwelleth – I in Him and He in me! And my empty soul He filleth, now and through eternity.” – H. Bonar I mentioned in last week’s note that, after many years of fruitful...
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Hudson Taylor's Honest Admission

by Duane Mabee on November 26, 2020
“I cannot tell you how I am buffeted sometimes by temptation. I never knew how bad a heart I have. Yet I do know that I love God and love His work, and desire to serve Him only and in all...
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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...
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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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...Exposed...

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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