Pastor's Pondering


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

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 feel!” Just when it seems this year couldn’t get any worse, something happens to prove that it can. It’s wearing on a lot of us. Be encouraged,...
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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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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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Don't Waste This Time

by Duane Mabee on April 7, 2020
I received this from one of our international workers last night, and felt it was something we all need to hear. I read something this morning that I found interesting in light of...
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The Prayer of Habakkuk

by Sean Estler on March 11, 2020
I have been stuck on the prayer of Habakkuk found in Habakkuk chapter 3 for some time now. I do not know why, but I just keep circling back to it. This prophet is one after my own heart...
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Showing the Love of Christ to Each Other

by Duane Mabee on March 5, 2020
At North River, we’ve committed to showing the love of Christ to our community, but also among ourselves. It could be that we should reverse the order of those commitments. It won’t do any good...
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Showing Love to All People

by Duane Mabee on February 27, 2020
One of our commitments at North River is to show the love of Christ. We want to be known for loving each other, our community and the world well. To do that, one of the things we have agreed...
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Helplessness and Prayer

by Duane Mabee on February 13, 2020
A prayer is nothing but a cry of helplessness: “God help me.” When we ask at that level, God promises to give. Ray Stedman Many Christian find it difficult to maintain a consistent life of...
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What does it look like to worship God corporately?

by Duane Mabee on February 6, 2020
What does it look like to worship God corporately? That question will bring to mind different mental images for different people. Some of the images may bore you. Others may scare you. Our...
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Our Primary Purpose

by Duane Mabee on January 31, 2020
One of our primary purposes as believers is to bring glory to God. As a church, we’ve included this idea in our mission statement. It should also be part of our individual mission statements. ...
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Passing on a "Thank You"

by Duane Mabee on January 23, 2020
I want to pass on a “Thank You” I received from the National Office of the C&MA for North River’s giving to Alliance Missions. The C&MA continues to recognize and appreciate your...
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