Pastor's Pondering

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

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 prayer. There are numerous reasons for that, but I think Ray Stedman’s quote above may point to one of the primary ones. At our core, we recognize...
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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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Our Vision for the Church

by Duane Mabee on January 18, 2020
I recently read some thoughts on the church by Andrew Camp that challenged me. He quotes Dietrich Bonhoeffer from his classic work, Life Together. Bonhoeffer’s thoughts will challenge you...
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Ministers of Reconciliation

by Sean Estler on January 10, 2020
As we are in the new year, I am sure many expectations have already been broken. Sometimes I expect that by in large nothing will change day to day, month to month, year to year. In this year, I...
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What Would You Like to See God Do In 2020?

by Duane Mabee on January 2, 2020
What would you like to see God do in 2020? As we have crossed over into a new year, we often make plans for what we would like to do or change in our own lives. Depending on our level of...
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God Will Shepherd Us Through 2020

by Duane Mabee on December 26, 2019
Each new year brings a sense of mixed emotions. Some years we are eager to leave the prior year behind. Maybe it was a rough year and there is a sense that if we can just close last year’s...
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Why Did He Come?

by Duane Mabee on December 19, 2019
Can you imagine what Mary and Joseph thought the day Jesus was born? I am sure they rehearsed the messages the angels had given them. Having shepherds show up to worship Jesus and tell their own...
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The Power of One Life

by Duane Mabee on December 12, 2019
It was a privilege this week to take part in a memorial service honoring Rev. Clinton Padgett. Clinton, along with his wife, Bobbie, served for many years as a missionary and a pastor, often...
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Christmas and Depression

by Duane Mabee on December 5, 2019
The Christmas season triggers depression for many people. Even Christians get depressed, which isn’t a sin. Some of God’s best servants have struggled with depression, including the Apostle...
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Join Me

by Duane Mabee on November 30, 2019
Do you pray for the lost people you know? Do you call out to God passionately for Him to remove the blinders from their eyes and draw them into a relationship with Himself through Jesus Christ? ...
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No Small Callings

by Sean Estler on November 21, 2019
In recent past we have heard a lot about outreach and spiritual gifts. I want to make this abundantly clear: In our mission to reach the world, there are no small callings from the God of the...
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Great Group of People

by Duane Mabee on November 14, 2019
Thank you! What a blessing to serve a group of people like you. Karla and I, Sean and Sarah are blessed to be able to work alongside you and we count it a privilege that you allow us to lead. ...
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Reaching the Least Reached

by Duane Mabee on November 7, 2019
Reaching the least reached with the gospel has always been the heartbeat of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Our founder, A.B. Simpson, started what grew into the C&MA...
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