Shoehorned Holidays
Shoehorned Holidays

[This article was originally written for The Salem News and may have been published there under a different title] This past Sunday, our Senior Pastor, David Gidcumb, made a confession during his sermon.  He said, “I’m not a holiday...

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There Is A Cloud
There Is A Cloud

I’ve never claimed to be a prophet. I don’t take lightly the idea of stepping out and saying, “Thus says the Lord,” unless it’s something he’s already said in the Word.  I mean, in ancient Israel people were...

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Good Conversations Needed
Good Conversations Needed

Happy New Year! It’s my hope that you’ll have a productive year, spiritually, financially, relationally, in every way. For this first post of the year, I’ve had something on my heart for a few weeks now. I think this is super...

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You Want More?

I’m not forty yet, but in August I will say goodbye to my thirties. I’m really not one to fret much about age. Thirty didn’t phase me. Thirty-five wasn’t that big of a deal. Forty isn’t going to bother me either. I...

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Winter Weather Worship

Let’s be honest with each other. You got up this morning, you looked outside, you saw that blanket of ice over the driveways and roads, and somewhere inside you were thinking to yourself, “YES! A couple more hours of sleep will do me...

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Real Freedom

“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (John 8:31-32 ESV) With presidential elections looming this year, you can...

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I Am Empty

Tomorrow begins the Super Bowl of all holidays. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day have merged into a two day event for many of us. We’ll have a family gathering on Christmas Eve and then another or maybe multiple gatherings on Christmas Day...

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Giving Just Because

There are a few people in my life to whom I will always have a debt of gratitude. They have impacted me in such a way that I will always be ready to do whatever I can for them. Whether it was a mentoring role, or they came along and helped me out...

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Fan the Flame
Fan the Flame

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:6-7 ESV) If you’ve been a Christian...

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How To Flourish

Can we have an honest moment together? When SCOTUS ruled on homosexual marriage last week, my mind began engaging in a battle over my emotions. I was emotional. That day I sat in front of two people I am doing marriage counseling with and held...

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Transformed

Last Thursday our men’s group looked at Romans 12:1-2. Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones, maybe the greatest preacher in Great Britain during the twentieth century, preached ten consecutive sermons on these two verses. If you’re interested, you...

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