Pastor's Pondering


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

Would The Community Miss Us?

by Duane Mabee on September 26, 2019
Would our community miss us if North River shut down? Have you ever thought about that question? We should think about it – often. It’s easy to assume the community would miss us because we would miss this church. We have friends here. We like the fellowship, the worship and the teaching; but the people in our community don’t know...
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Why Join a Church?

by Duane Mabee on September 18, 2019
“Why should I join a church? Is church membership Biblical?” I have been asked those questions a number of times. Answering them isn’t as easy as we would like. Let’s start off by admitting...
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Why Be Baptized

by Duane Mabee on September 12, 2019
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the...
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The Good Old Days

by Sean Estler on September 5, 2019
Church, I am guilty. At twenty-seven years of age, I am guilty of wishing I could go back in time. On a consistent basis, I wish that I could be in a season where I was responsible for less. I...
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Invitation to Intimacy

by Duane Mabee on August 15, 2019
In a conversation last Sunday evening, one of you pointed out that the God we know through the Bible, the One we know through Jesus Christ, is the only God Who wants to have a relationship with...
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Keep Learning and Applying

by Duane Mabee on August 8, 2019
For me to stay engaged, I must keep learning and applying new things, otherwise, I get bored. I often say that I want to keep learning and growing until after they lay me in a box and put me in...
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United with Christ

by Duane Mabee on August 1, 2019
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me, (Gal....
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Non-legalistic Ways to Read the Bible Consistently

by Duane mabee on July 25, 2019
How much to you read the Bible? The Bible has been the best-selling book for decades, but it is probably also one of the least read. Consistent Scripture reading is difficult for most...
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Our God, the God of the Long Game

by Sean Estler on July 18, 2019
Have you ever read or heard something so often that you become numb to the meaning or even its existence? I know that I tend towards numbness in my reading of Scripture. I often forget the power...
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What Does Making Disciples Look Like?

by Duane Mabee on July 11, 2019
In the Great Commission, Jesus told us to make disciples. That is our key responsibility. So, what does “making disciples” look like? Too often we answer that question with some sort of...
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Pray with Passion

by Duane Mabee on July 3, 2019
Several weeks ago, I heard Alistair Begg interviewed regarding a book on prayer. Something he said has stayed with me since I heard him speak. I was driving, so I’m recreating the quote from...
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Show AND Tell

by Duane Mabee on June 27, 2019
In his book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald S. Whitney relays the following story. I heard the story of a man who became a Christian during an evangelistic emphasis in a...
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Change the World Through Prayer

by Duane Mabee on June 21, 2019
God has chosen to allow us to help Him change the world and the primary tool He has given us is prayer. You can change this church and you can reshape this world through prayer. Last week, I...
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Are You a Patriarch/Matriarch or Just Old

by Duane Mabee on June 13, 2019
How are you investing in the next generation? Are you preparing them to lead well, long after you are gone? Bryan Loritts spoke at our recent denominational conference and he made the following...
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That's What We Should Be

by Duane Mabee on June 7, 2019
I was recently given a synopsis of a Barna study on why Millennials (ages 22-37) have closed the door on church involvement. Why do the majority of Millennials say that church is not at all...
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