The Importance of Place

Our lives are organized around the concept of location and place. When meeting a person a series of introductory questions might include: “Where are you from?”, “Where do you live?”, “Where do you work?” Answers to those questions provide a better sense of identity so that we can deepen our...

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Examining the Mirror’s Reflection

It wasn’t the Facebook post itself that bothered me, it was the extreme response to it that riled me. The post read: “Amazing Calendar (2018): 1-1-18 Sunday 2-2-18 Sunday 3-3-18 Sunday 4-4-18 Sunday 5-5-18 Sunday…” And it concluded with, “Interesting…Share to everyone!” Well, my friend Sandy followed his instructions and...

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Love is a Rubber Band

“…that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear.” Luke 1:74 You’d think I would have put this heart attack thing behind me by now. After all, that would be the strong thing to do. It feels so weak to have to rest –...

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The truth and only the truth!

Wow, another year come and gone! They seem to disappear a little faster each year. 2017 was a pretty good year. I was blessed with good health (a few bumps here and there), a roof over my head, food on the table, and surrounded by some amazing people! Yet, that...

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He’s Alive!

​They say that only the good die young. So I guess I should be insulted that I lived through my heart attack last month. God must think me still half-baked. He picked me up, shook me like a snow globe, then set me back down on the earth. He’s crazy...

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Hello!

My name is Josh Wagner. I am soon to be a graduate of Whitworth University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and a minor in Speech Communication. I am very excited to be returning to 1stPres to rebuild the youth program and give both middle school and high school students...

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Forever… Is that like ‘maintenance free’?

The Visiting Fireman Blog: Forever… Is that like ‘maintenance free’? Following this current series on the “Genealogy of Jesus” is quite thought-provoking in both services. (You could ask me how I know, or please volunteer upstairs at one or both services with the tech team and you‘ll learn that.)  Listen...

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Genealogy of Jesus

How appropriate the message for this season is the Genealogy of Jesus. I have known about my great grandpa Charlie Branch for some time, as a railroad conductor from Mauchunk (Mowk-chunk), Pennsylvania who moved with his wife Pauline and their kids to Prentice, Wisconsin. He loved reading his poetry to...

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I Am Thankful

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year to call a halt to the busy-ness and troubles in our lives and focus on being grateful and truly thankful for all of the blessings showered upon us. Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to...

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