Pastor's Pondering

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

Praying Together

by Duane Mabee on February 14, 2019
Donald Whitney, in his book Spiritual Disciplines within the Church talks about the large percentage of people who say they pray regularly. Six out of ten people say they pray every day. Two-thirds of those who never go to church say they pray. But with all that praying very few even in the church are willing to pray together. The focus,...
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Fully Devoted Follower of Christ

by Duane Mabee on February 7, 2019
What does it mean to be a fully devoted follower of Christ? I prefer the phrase “fully devoted follower of Christ” over “being a Christian” for two reasons. One is that the concept of “being a...
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Reach Generation Z

by Sean Estler on January 31, 2019
For a while now, I have been thinking about our local church experience and how we should and can differentiate ourselves from the constant noise that seeks to disorient and grab attention in...
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When Christ Calls a Person

by Duane Mabee on January 17, 2019
Dietrich Bonhoffer wrote from a Nazi prison camp, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” He was executed for his leadership in the Christian church soon after he wrote that...
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Why Should I Go to Church?

by Duane Mabee on January 10, 2019
Why should I go to church? A lot of people are asking that question. Many aren’t getting satisfactory answers. Some of the answers are legalistic, and legalistic answers never help or...
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First Question

by Duane Mabee on January 3, 2019
Rabbi David Baron writes: According to an ancient tradition, the first question we will be asked when we reach the next world is not “Did you believe in God?” but “Were you honest in your business...
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Practice Does Not Make Perfect

by Duane Mabee on December 27, 2018
You’ve often heard it said that, “practice makes perfect”. I want to take exception to that statement. Practice does not make perfect, in fact, it can engrain some very bad habits. Think...
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The Angel's Message is for Us

by Duane Mabee on December 20, 2018
The Gospel of Luke describes the first Christmas this way: In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered. This first registration took...
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Baby in a Manger, or More?

by Duane Mabee on December 15, 2018
For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His Name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting...
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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...
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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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