From Pastor Tom “The End of Your Story is Already Written”

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We don’t know much about heaven. Do we go to heaven right away or do we sleep until Jesus returns in glory? What will we do for the rest of time in our heavenly home? Won’t it get a little boring just sitting around on the clouds? Will we fish or garden or (one of my burning questions) play golf in heaven? The Bible doesn’t give us very many clear details on this topic. So apparently God doesn’t want us to focus on the next life but to live in this life with the hope of heaven. The hope of … Read More

Food Pantry Needs for May

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Items can be placed in the wicker basket near the back entrance or on the table in the Narthex. The following are suggested for May though any donations are appreciated. Sun May 5 Cereal Sun May 12 Fruit Juice Sun May 19 Canned Fruit Sun May 26 Tea and Coffee

Breakfast and Fellowship Saturday, May 11, 8 am

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Please join us for great food and fellowship! We will be joined by some of our brothers and sisters from “The House of Praise and Worship,” so this is a great opportunity to build some friendships. Harold, and John will be cooking and someone from HOPAW will share a devotion. We hope you will join us, and if you plan on coming please let Harold or John know for a food count.

From Pastor Tom “Singers of Life”

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“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy” Psalm 126 I love the image conveyed by that scripture. A farmer goes out into the field and his tears fall to the ground. And, in due time, those tears yield a harvest of joy. Our God loves to turn sorrow into joy. He can redeem even the worst of our days and turn them into the greatest times of joy. God took the sorrow of the cross and turned it into the great joy of the resurrection. He took the pain and suffering of our Lord and transformed … Read More

From Pastor Tom “Reasonably Happy”

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“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult—once we truly understand and accept it—then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.” M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled. Life is difficult. It is one of the great truths of the Christian faith. Jesus never promised His disciples a life of ease, comfort, and happiness. He promised instead that they would … Read More

From Pastor Tom “Trusting God”

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Walter Wangerin, in his book, Mourning into Dancing, tells about an event that occurred when he was a young boy. He had a hiding place in the cherrytree in his backyard. One branch formed a horizontal fork, which was perfect for him to lie on facedown and read, think, or just be alone. His parents had no idea that this was his hiding place. Then came the thunderstorm. I’ll let him tell the rest of the story: One day suddenly, a wind tore through the backyard and struck my cherry tree with such force that it ripped the book from … Read More

From Pastor Tom “Silent Night—Sounds of Glory”

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“Silent Night” is my favorite Christmas Carol. It portrays in a beautiful way the quiet and humble birth of our Lord. He came into this world largely without fanfare. There was no glitz and no glamour. No media attention. No crowds swarming to see this amazing event. Jesus’ birth occurs without any of the events that we associate with great moments in history. It was a silent night with God in human form, sleeping in a borrowed manger, in a lowly barn, in a little town called Bethlehem. Few people knew that one of the greatest miracles of all time … Read More

From Pastor Tom “This is the Day!”

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“This is the Day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 How easy it is to get stuck in the past. How often we are filled with regret for mistakes made and opportunities lost. How easy it is to get into the “if only” trap. If only I had done this instead of that. If only I had decided differently. How much better my life would have been today if only I had made better choices. And some of us want to just turn back the clock and relive a certain time in … Read More

From Pastor Tom “The Gift of a Day”

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Our God is the giver of all good gifts. One of His great gifts to us is often overlooked. It is the gift of a day. One of the first things God created was the day. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called ‘night.’ And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” Genesis 3-5 The 24-hour period called a day is one of God’s wonderful provisions for us. It … Read More