Pastor's Pondering

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

Not Just a Cute Baby

by Duane Mabee on December 6, 2018
As we celebrate Christmas this year, I want to remind us of Who we celebrate. I want us to see Him as He is, not just as a cute little baby in a manger. This Christmas we will focus on the glory and majesty of the One Who came to earth to save us and to demonstrate the “riches of His glorious grace,” (Eph. 1:6). The Apostle John describes...
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The Lord's Supper

by Duane Mabee on November 29, 2018
As we prepare for communion, let’s reflect on the following thoughts from Bobby Jamieson’s booklet Understanding the Lord’s Supper. “To participate in the Lord’s Supper is to proclaim...
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Easier to Say than to Do

by Duane Mabee on November 24, 2018
In a book called Christian Reflections on the Leadership Challenge, there is a chapter by John Maxwell on modeling the way for other people to follow. In that chapter, Maxwell writes: “It is...
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If Not, Check Your Pulse

by Duane Mabee on November 15, 2018
I will exalt You, my God and King, and praise Your Name forever and ever. I will praise You every day; yes, I will praise You forever. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of...
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Can You Handle "No"

by Duane Mabee on November 8, 2018
Recently, I heard Pastor James MacDonald observe something about King David that I have never heard before or considered. He talked about how David wanted to build a Temple for God in 2 Samuel 7,...
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Unleash God's Power

by Duane Mabee on November 2, 2018
Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (Zech. 4:6 ESV) God sent the people back to Jerusalem to accomplish a herculean task in the face of stiff opposition. ...
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Current Reality

by Duane Mabee on October 25, 2018
“Two words have become very important to me. They are ‘current reality’. There is little value in spending energy worrying about what might be or should be. Leaders assess what is and go from...
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Not for Respectable Christians

by Duane Mabee on October 18, 2018
I read this quote some time ago but came across it again today. It has a lot to say to us as we continue to pursue revitalization through the Fanning the Flame process. It comes from Bishop...
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Mission Giving

by Duane Mabee on October 11, 2018
And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matt 24:14 ESV Matthew 24:14 is a key verse for...
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by Duane Mabee on September 26, 2018
I’ve just completed reading George Barna’s book Futurecast: What Today’s Trends mean for Tomorrow’s World. In it, Barna includes a great summary of what it means to be genuinely transformed by...
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Why I'm committed to Alliance Missions

by Dr. Peter Nanfelt on September 20, 2018
10 Reasons Why I’m Committed to Alliance Missions By Dr. Peter Nanfelt Our Message… is the centrality of Christ (Colossians 1:27). Our message is focused on the...
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Scripture to Pray

by Duane Mabee on August 30, 2018
In the book Face to Face, Kenneth Boa uses Scripture to guide his praying. He paraphrases passages to make them more personal while retaining their original meaning. This is a great approach to...
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Doing Justice and Loving Mercy

by Duane Mabee on August 23, 2018
The story below appears in, The Meeting of the Waters by Fritz Kling. The Tumen River forms the border for several hundred miles between China’s Manchuria region and North Korea. Shallow...
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by Duane Mabee on August 16, 2018
I have high respect for the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. Many serve our country sacrificially. The protection and assistance they provide in the U.S. and around the world is...
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Don't Be Like That

by Duane Mabee on August 9, 2018
See to it, brothers (and sisters), that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that...
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