Pastor's Pondering


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

Does the Second Coming Excite You, Scare You, or Leave You Indifferent?

by Duane Mabee on May 2, 2019
Does the thought of the return of Jesus Christ excite you, scare you, or leave you indifferent? Some people get very excited about studying the return of Christ and End Time prophecy. Others would rather have an extended dental visit. I wonder, though, if most Christians today aren’t basically indifferent to the return of Christ. ...
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Power in Depending

by Duane Mabee on April 25, 2019
I am so pleased with the growing passion for prayer that is happening here at North River. Thirty-six people have joined the Prayer Cells and are learning to pray with more depth and breadth. ...
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The Most Important Event Ever

by Duane Mabee on April 18, 2019
Happy Easter! Today, we celebrate what is by far the most important event that ever occurred. The resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything. Hope was born when Jesus rose from...
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Don't Ever Get Used to It

by Duane Mabee on April 4, 2019
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most amazing thing we will ever know. Nothing else will ever come close. Yet, those who have been around the church world for a long time can lose the sense of...
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Lifestyle Worship and Active Listening Prayer

by Sean Estler on March 28, 2019
Deuteronomy 6:4-6 says, “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am...
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Don't Use Those Tools

by Duane Mabee on March 21, 2019
At the Southern District Soul Care Conference, Rob Reimer used several phrases over and over to help ingrain spiritual truth in our hearts. One of those phrases was, “You cannot use the tools of...
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Spiritual Advance

by Duane Mabee on March 14, 2019
Sean, Sarah, Karla, and I were privileged to attend the Southern District’s Soul Care Conference led by Rob Reimer. It was a good conference; but intense. We came away with a lot of things to...
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How Much do we Value our Faith?

by Duane Mabee on March 8, 2019
How much do we value our faith? What is it worth to us? Most of us have multiple Bibles in our homes and on our phones. We have ready access to churches all over our city. They are...
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Face to Face

by Duane Mabee on February 28, 2019
There is a table in the foyer where you will find Face to Face prayer manuals available for a donation. The Fanning the Flame team chose to recommend this manual to the church after reviewing...
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Teach Us to Pray

by Duane Mabee on February 21, 2019
In Luke 11:1-4, one of Jesus’ disciples asked Him to “teach us to pray, as John taught His disciples.” Jesus had just finished praying. He apparently prayed where the disciples could observe...
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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. ...
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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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