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How To Be the Church When the Pastor Can’t Be the Pastor

by Pastor Curt on January 13, 2016
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Family Night Highlights

by Pastor Curt on February 23, 2015
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If you couldn’t make it last night, here’s what you missed! “Operation Beautification” Property Work Day and Pancake Breakfast – set for 8 AM, Saturday, March 21. Subdue the south wilderness beyond the playground and exercise dominion! Financial Snapshot of 2014 – total income up 10% and $44,601 extra applied to mortgage debt. Praise God [...]


by Pastor Curt on January 3, 2015
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That’s my word for 2015, at least in terms of my pastoral role. I hope to pray about ownership. I hope to model ownership (the cancer battle notwithstanding). I hope to preach on ownership. I hope to exhort about ownership. I hope to counsel about ownership. I hope to rebuke (in love, of course) when [...]

The 10:45 AM Challenge

by Pastor Curt on April 12, 2014
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Let me own up front that I am a punctuality freak. I hate to be late for anything. So I am trying to check my idolatry/control issues up front in raising this question: could more of us church folk strive to be seated for worship at the very latest by the appointed starting time? I [...]

Ten Reasons NOT to Become a Church Member

by Pastor Curt on January 9, 2014
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Sometimes I feel woefully inadequate persuading good-for-nothing-brick types to join a local church through positive arguments. For this post I decided to try the reverse psychology approach with ten good reasons why someone would NOT want to join a local church. One, you should not become a church member if you do not want your profession [...]

The Church & Infertility

by Pastor Curt on December 28, 2013
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I don’t pretend to get this. Nancy and I never suffered the trial of infertility. We have known and know even now dear brothers and sisters humbling themselves under the mighty hand in this journey (1 Peter 5:6-7). We see the hurt. We feel the pain. We ache with the longings that go unfulfilled. Still, [...]

To Retreat or Not to Retreat?

by Pastor Curt on November 14, 2013
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That is indeed the question for this weekend. Another men’s retreat is upon us. The answer to the question for me is a no brainer. Retreat, of course. And not just because my role as pastor requires it. I would like to think I would make our men’s retreat a priority for a variety of [...]

Were We Successful?

by Kelly Simpson on May 14, 2013
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How’d it go? How were your sales? Did you talk to anyone interesting? Should we do it again? How do we measure success? How should we determine if all our efforts were worth it? How do I answer the above questions? I propose that it’s not by how much money I made in sales or [...]

Present Every Day

by Greg Willson on March 18, 2013
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Living lives of encouragement every day.

The Killing Disease Among Men

by Pastor Curt on November 8, 2012
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That’s what Stu Weber in his book The Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart (Multnomah, 1997, 286 pages) calls isolation. He writes: The tendency toward rock-ribbed, self-sufficient isolation is a killing disease among men. It’s as common as prostate cancer and every bit as destructive to life (p. 225). Overstatement? I’m not sure. More than [...]