Pastor's Pen Blog

Anticipating the Messiah

Jan 7, 2017

Our culture often looks at Christmas as a cute time for presents and greeting cards. This cultural distraction can lead us to downplay what a significant moment in history the birth of Jesus really was. This significance is highlighted by Luke as he begins his Gospel by building anticipation for this monumental event, emphasizing its great importance.

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Thanksgiving as a Lifestyle

Nov 27, 2016

This week millions of Americans celebrated Thanksgiving in a variety places, in a variety of ways. Thanksgiving is an especially important time for Christians because it reminds us that we are to be marked by constant thankfulness.

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Remembering the Reformation

Nov 27, 2016

We are at the doorstep of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Oct 31, 1517) where a monk with a hammer changed the course of the church.   Martin Luther posted 95 theses to the door at Wittenberg castle in the hope of bringing an end to the abuse of purchasing salvation through buying indulgences. The issues of the Reformation are still essential today.  Unfortunately, five centuries can dull our appreciation and understanding of the enormous impact that a monk and a hammer had.

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Lacking Nothing

Nov 27, 2016

As Christians we all want to grow to be more Christ-like. The problem is that we are far from perfect. We all struggle with different sins: anger, lust, anxiety, doubt, jealousy, (the list goes on). The battle with these sins can often be increasingly discouraging. Often our hearts cry out for help, but we don’t know where to turn. We need encouragement.

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