Pastor's Pondering

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

Our God, the God of the Long Game

by Sean Estler on July 18, 2019
Have you ever read or heard something so often that you become numb to the meaning or even its existence? I know that I tend towards numbness in my reading of Scripture. I often forget the power of each line. I want to highlight three verses that I overlooked and had to reassess recently, and then link them. The three verses I want to highlight...
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What Does Making Disciples Look Like?

by Duane Mabee on July 11, 2019
In the Great Commission, Jesus told us to make disciples. That is our key responsibility. So, what does “making disciples” look like? Too often we answer that question with some sort of...
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Pray with Passion

by Duane Mabee on July 3, 2019
Several weeks ago, I heard Alistair Begg interviewed regarding a book on prayer. Something he said has stayed with me since I heard him speak. I was driving, so I’m recreating the quote from...
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Show AND Tell

by Duane Mabee on June 27, 2019
In his book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald S. Whitney relays the following story. I heard the story of a man who became a Christian during an evangelistic emphasis in a...
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Change the World Through Prayer

by Duane Mabee on June 21, 2019
God has chosen to allow us to help Him change the world and the primary tool He has given us is prayer. You can change this church and you can reshape this world through prayer. Last week, I...
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Are You a Patriarch/Matriarch or Just Old

by Duane Mabee on June 13, 2019
How are you investing in the next generation? Are you preparing them to lead well, long after you are gone? Bryan Loritts spoke at our recent denominational conference and he made the following...
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That's What We Should Be

by Duane Mabee on June 7, 2019
I was recently given a synopsis of a Barna study on why Millennials (ages 22-37) have closed the door on church involvement. Why do the majority of Millennials say that church is not at all...
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Look Forward, Too

by Duane Mabee on May 30, 2019
When we celebrate communion, we not only celebrate what God did for us through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we also celebrate what God still plans to do for us in the...
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Put It Into Practice

by Duane Mabee on May 23, 2019
How much do you know about the Bible? We have more access to the Bible and to Bible knowledge than anywhere else in the world. That’s no over statement. Want proof? How many Bibles do you...
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Our Treasure

by Sean Estler on May 16, 2019
The first time I played video games I was around seven years old. It was Christmas from what I remember. I played with a brand-new handheld console called the Gameboy Color. I played with my...
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by Duane Mabee on May 9, 2019
In our new sermon series “You Can Make a Difference,” we will be looking at the significant differences one individual can make. You don’t have to be a Rhodes Scholar to do it, either. I...
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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...
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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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