Pastor's Pondering

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

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 work on. It’s not the kind of conference you walk away from thinking, “Oh, that was pleasant”. It is meant to allow God to do a deep work on your...
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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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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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