How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

Spiritual Role Models

My friend, Frank Roth, joined Jesus in His Kingdom two weeks ago. I know this, because 2 Corinthians 4:13-14 tells us, It is written: “…With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead...

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Graduation Time!

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 It is a busy time at our house right now. This is the year of two graduations: our son...

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​Dream Bigger

Way back in 2015 (remember 2015?), Pastor Craig assembled a “Dream Team” comprised of a cross-section of the congregation, to investigate God’s call on 1stPres. I was intrigued and curious as I watched them, from a support role, as they explored and tried to focus in on the voice of...

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Hurry Up and Wait!

Have you ever noticed how much of our lives are spent waiting. We wait for people, we wait at an appointment, we wait in traffic, or we wait in line. Up until the last few days we were waiting for spring. Looks as if the wait is finally over! Even...

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Words to Live By

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Every time I see this verse (Psalm 118:24), I immediately think of my mother-in-law, Dottie Rogers, even though she’s been with the Lord for several years now. She was of the generation of...

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Transparency in Relationship

In one of those pre-dawn periods of clarity preceding wakefulness, thought provided the perfect language, which didn’t quite follow me when I wrote it down a half-hour later in the kitchen downstairs, as Dad and Lady (the border collie who knows more than we do) also began the day. I...

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LOVE1st Facilities

“What’s going on at the church? I couldn’t find a place to park.” This might be a comment you’ve heard or even made over the last several months.  It’s a normal problem when the congregation members begin to live out the Love 1st concept.  Let’s take a look over our...

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In Stitches of Love

“And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them…” Acts 19:11-12 I recently received a prayer shawl – hand knitted by the ladies in our Knitting for...

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Stunt Doubles – Sam Hunter & Charlie Branch

Sam would say “No, we don’t look much alike…”   I’d told him that infrequently over the past five, now six, years while downtown, I’d been told “Excuse me, there’s somebody else downtown that looks like you.” The mystery was finally solved one morning several months ago when another of the...

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Focusing Love on a Range of Emotions

I’m elated! I’m sad. I’m worried. I’m a problem-solver. I’m prayerful. And, I’m feeling all of these feelings—probably many more—all at the same time! Did God mean for me to run this gamut of emotions? Hearing the carefree laughter and squeals of delight from the church gym brings me such...

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