Pastor's Pondering


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

Don't Waste This Time

by Duane Mabee on April 7, 2020
I received this from one of our international workers last night, and felt it was something we all need to hear. I read something this morning that I found interesting in light of the effect the Corona Virus is having on the Church. In a devotional talking about the busyness of the Church, Tozer wrote: "Sometimes I think the...
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The Prayer of Habakkuk

by Sean Estler on March 11, 2020
I have been stuck on the prayer of Habakkuk found in Habakkuk chapter 3 for some time now. I do not know why, but I just keep circling back to it. This prophet is one after my own heart...
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Showing the Love of Christ to Each Other

by Duane Mabee on March 5, 2020
At North River, we’ve committed to showing the love of Christ to our community, but also among ourselves. It could be that we should reverse the order of those commitments. It won’t do any good...
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Showing Love to All People

by Duane Mabee on February 27, 2020
One of our commitments at North River is to show the love of Christ. We want to be known for loving each other, our community and the world well. To do that, one of the things we have agreed...
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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...
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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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