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Cloud of Witnesses – Book Review

My husband and I moved to Granite Falls in the summer of 2009. We came from a major railroad hub in the Midwest. One of the first things we noticed about our new little town was the absence of train whistles as well as the sound of planes flying over. Imagine the look on our faces when we saw the sign across the major intersection of our town that read “RAILROAD DAYS OCTOBER 1ST”. I have to admit we laughed;…

Year End Letter

Perseverance? As I have been reflecting on this past year, and attempting to look ahead into what this next year my bring, my mind and heart were drawn towards a single word. “Perseverance” (endurance) is a vital word we can’t afford to misunderstand. A military friend of mine contacted me when stationed in a non-combative nation overseas. Through our correspondence, I could tell things weren’t going well. He mentioned his great struggle to maintain his Christian witness and his inability…

Worship, July 14

Howdy Church! I hope you have all enjoyed this week and the beautiful Summer we are having. Before I get too far, I want to remind everyone that there is only ONE service this week and it starts at 9:30 with Sunday School following at 11:20. In Sunday school we have been looking at several different people and the trials that God brought them through to refine them and mold them in the the instruments that He intended for them…

Shepherds

A while ago pastor Ken reminded us that the angels revealed to the shepherds and not to kings or religious rulers, that the Messiah had been born. That set something going in my slightly under-sized brain and got me to looking around for some information about the shepherds of Jesus’ day. I’ve been told before that these guys were poor, but it turns out that they were beyond poor—they were at the bottom of the socio-economic food chain. Actually, not…