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Triumphant Celebration

We are celebrating Palm Sunday weekend, which initiated Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem for His last week prior to the Cross. It is one of the few incidents in Jesus’ life reported in all four gospels, an action by which He presented Himself officially to Israel as their Messiah and the Son of God. He […]

Benchmarks

Janet and I love the mountains of Colorado. The lush green valleys and the majestic peaks are used throughout the Bible as images of our mighty God. We have a favorite drive from Colorado Springs west of Pikes Peak which takes us up to a high elevation overlook of the Basin and the “Collegiate” chain. […]

Lighting Up The Night

A few years ago, a pastor friend named Doug was standing in his church parking lot in the area north of Scottsdale, Arizona. He had planted a church on the edge of the metro area in the desert. Doug and his wife saw a brilliant streak of light shoot across the sky just over the […]

The Risk of Reach

Sometimes it’s worth the risk to “rock the boat.” Survivor Eva Hart remembered the night of April 15, 1912 when the Titanic plunged 12,000 feet to the Atlantic floor after an iceberg tore a 300-foot gash in the starboard side. She said, “I heard the cries of drowning people.” She was in a lifeboat that […]

Kingdom Missions Conference

In a few days, we will be involved in the most significant Missions Conference in the history of our church. Like Jabez in 1 Chronicles 4:9, 10, “call upon God” that He would “bless us, enlarge our border, and that His hand would be upon us.” Pray that the Lord will enlarge our vision with […]

Introducing Troy Maragos!

I am one who does not like to wait. My prayer for patience is represented by a little statue that pictures a funny-looking little guy with the words, “I want patience, and I want it right now!” Ron Dunn was right “waiting time is not wasted time.” Also, “good things come for those who wait.” […]

Strike It Rich

Gold fever engulfed the nation when gold was found in California in 1848. Stories of quick and easy riches compelled thousands to head west. Boomtowns sprung up such as Deadwood and Tombstone. It was difficult and dangerous work. In a letter to his cousin in 1850, a California miner named Shufelt wrote home: “Thousands will […]