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Pastor’s Ponderings: September 2020

by John Armstrong   William Shakespeare wrote the familiar words, “A rose by any other name, would smell as sweet.”  I have often taken that phrase from Romeo and Juliet and changed it from positive to negative.  Saying something like, “A rotten potato by any other

Pastor’s Ponderings: August 2020

by John Armstrong   It is hot outside.  It is hot outside and the air conditioner for the Fellowship Hall needs a new compressor.  It was new back in the 70s, but like so many things that have been around that long, replacement parts are rare

Pastor’s Ponderings: July 2020

by John Armstrong   I’m just kind of reeling because it is full on Summer and I’m not sure what happened to Spring.  My tomato plants are about four feet tall and I’m already getting zucchini out of my garden.  As you all know this has

Pastor’s Ponderings: June 2020

by John Armstrong   What is repentance? How do you measure repentance? There is repentance unto life and thenthere is every day repentance. What are you in the process of repenting? Maybe you don’treally know what repentance is. Repentance and faith are the two vital parts

Pastor’s Ponderings: May 2020

by John Armstrong   My wife and I enjoy the sport of scuba diving.  We have been divers since the second year of our marriage, so it has been a while.  If you are going to dive safely, you have to adhere to certain procedures.  Otherwise,

Pastor’s Ponderings: April 2020

by John Armstrong   I don’t know about you, but I would like someone to say, “April Fool!” and then we could all get back to our regular routine and this would all be just a strange memory.  However, that is not going to happen.  We

Pastor’s Ponderings: March 2020

by John Armstrong   An important part of the job of any leader is thinking.  I know, some of you are saying to yourselves, “Wow, that is a real PhD statement there.”  Bear with me a moment as I state the obvious.  Sometimes the speed of

Pastor’s Ponderings: October 2019

by John Armstrong   As I write this, the leaves are falling and we are three months away from our Christmas Eve Service (and Bob!).  What does that have to do with anything?  Not much, it just helps us to orient where we are in the

Pastor’s Ponderings: September 2019

by John Armstrong   Let me say right up front, this will be a confrontational Pastor’s Pondering. I hope to confront your idols, even as I confront some of my own. What is idolatry? It is putting anything before our worship or service to God. So,

Pastor’s Ponderings: August 2019

by John Armstrong   As we head into “high Summer” I thought it appropriate that we talk about some issues that we are having around the church. Some issues are good to have and we have them. I thought I would address some of these because