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Man Up!

While pastoring in the early 1980’s in Oklahoma, I became acquainted with a touring, full-contact fighter skilled in the martial art of taekwondo. His nickname was “Redwood.” He came to our town on the run and seeking to hide out from his sensei, his “master” from Kansas who demanded that Redwood become his slave. When […]

Mercy And Forgiveness

James Dobson, noted author and founder of Focus on the Family, tells of seeing a sign on a convent in California. It read: “Absolutely no trespassing. Violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” Signed, “The Sisters of Mercy.” I am so grateful that when we have committed “trespasses” and sins against […]

Haiti Missions 2014

This is a short recap of the work being done in Haiti. Anne Bessette traveled with a team to Haiti to work in different areas of the country, including Port-au-Prince. This video highlights a few of the people, places and accomplishments of that trip.

Going On, Not Getting Out

The phone rang late at night in the home of a local librarian. On the other end of the line, a young voice asked, “What time does the library open?” Angrily, the librarian retorted, “It doesn’t open until 9:00 in the morning. Why in the world would you be calling at this hour to get […]

God’s ID

My family and I were recently the victims of identity theft, with someone somehow getting my bank pin number and purchasing a number of items. TA Superstore rejected their online attempts three times; then finally fell into the trap. Fortunately, Janet went online the very morning we were to drive to North Carolina for a […]

Thoughts of a Dad

Janet and I had all of our family together last weekend and we were thrilled to hear our son, Evan, preach in the Saturday worship service. I exercised the Senior Pastor prerogative by asking him to do so while here on vacation. He was stunned knowing how carefully I guard my pulpit and cherish my […]