Pastor's Pondering

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

My Child in Whom I Am Well Pleased

by Duane Mabee on January 13, 2021
When the Holy Spirit came on Jesus at His baptism, the voice of God the Father called out from heaven, “This is My Son, in Whom I am well pleased. You are My Son, and I delight in You.” Tim Keller asserts: In the same way Romans 8:16 tells us that the Spirit bears witness to our hearts that we are children of God. Part of the mission of...
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What Can Produce Increased Confidence and Joy in Your Life?

by Duane Mabee on January 7, 2021
When Jesus taught us how to pray, He included a prayer for forgiveness – “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”. Tim Keller addresses confession and repentance in his book,...
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Who Do You Pray To?

by Duane Mabee on December 31, 2020
Do we pray to a God Who doesn’t exist? My question isn’t about the existence of the true God. It’s about the reality of the god we have conjured up in our minds and then pray to. Timothy...
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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...
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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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