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Weekly Encouragement Notes

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 Each week, Pastor Andy enjoys writing about what is on his heart and on his mind. He also likes to write about what is happening around the world. Explore these blogs and learn about his story, our church purpose, what we do and who it is that leads us - Our Lord. 

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Apr

Come Lord Jesus

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It is April, can you believe that? The year is moving along quickly. We celebrate the resurrection this month. While typically recognized only once a year, we as believers, should be excited about it every single day. The impact this one event has on each of us is immeasurable. It is more than just the moment, it is more than the three days, it is more than “just a part of the Christian faith.” It is a promise made by God and it is a promise that was kept. God made a way that all who desire can be saved. God...
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01
Apr

What Drives You?

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We live in a busy world. It is go, go, go, all the time and it never seems to slow down. We tend to place way too many things on our plates (I’m not talking about at the buffet) but rather we extend ourselves to far more often than not. It just seems to be what we do. We find it hard to say no and find a way to consider that just “one more thing” might be ok or it could be possible to fit it in. At the end of the day we often ask “where did the...
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18
Mar

Who Are They Seeing?

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We serve a mighty God! This sounds like a blanket statement and somewhat generic, but if we stop to consider how awesome our God really is, it can indeed be overwhelming. May we consider grace and forgiveness for a moment. We are living in a time to where it seems that there is an obsession on the mistakes that everyone has made over their life. We are seeing people publicly smeared and torn apart for political gain or in some cases just for so.   We are seeing humanity at its worst right now. Jesus proclaimed that we are known...
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11
Feb

Are You Distracted?

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Our spiritual journey is vitally important in the grand scheme of life. Often this fact is overlooked and many times just completely ignored. I seek every time I stand behind the pulpit or put a pen to paper, I seek to find the words that will not only challenge, but plant the seeds of growth.     The word distract means:    to draw away or divert, as the mind or attention    to separate or divide by dissension or strife.   We are surrounded by distractions all the time. It may be a noise, it may be a voice, it may...
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06
Feb

Lean on the Lord

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  Of course the talk, as of late, has been the bitter cold. Indeed such can be a challenge and in some cases truly difficult to deal with. I am not a fan of extreme cold, however, it is also not only geographic in nature, but unstoppable. In other words, God is over nature and we do not control that. I know some are attempting to and in some realms studies are being done on a daily basis as to how to create or stop weather. I, for one, do not believe that such will be accomplished in total. Wind,...
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17
Dec

What Christmas Is All About

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As Pastor, it is my desire to share a message with you that will encourage and uplift you. I truly pray that your spiritual walk is strengthened by something you will hear today. Again, thanks for spending a little time with us.    The busy of this time of year seems to grow each year that goes by. There seems to be more and more that we just “have to do.” We get overwhelmed after a while with it all. There comes a point to where it is more of a chore than a joy. When this point arrives, it...
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10
Dec

That Christmas Feeling

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The radio is now filled with sounds of the season. Andy Williams tells us it is the most wonderful time of the year. Indeed, the Christmas holiday is upon us. Everyone has a different feeling about this time of year. I hope that each of you find peace, joy, and true happiness during this special time.  May you be blessed.    I remember as a child the excitement of the build toward Christmas. There was just something about it. The anticipation, the change of weather, the songs, the lights, the trees being decorated, the stores having displays of festive things...
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03
Dec

'Tis The Season - To Be Nice

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It is December. Another year has nearly been completed. What a year it has been. So many things have happened and in fact, continue to happen on what seems to be a daily basis. Some of it is hard to witness, some of it is hard to believe. There are times that it truly bothers me and times that I just shake my head.    I have often said that we need to find the off button a little more often these days. I am finding that to be more and more necessary. It is just too much to handle...
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28
Nov

The Perfect Gift

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The end of November, can you believe it? This year has surely flown by. Hopefully all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration this past week and enjoyed time with friends and family. Thanks to all of you who made last weeks community meal a great time and helped make this event a success.   As we end one holiday we immediately start preparing for the next one. My girls are counting the hours until Christmas morning. I guess most of us did that when we were younger. It was and still is my favorite time of year. I love...
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19
Nov

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

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It is my prayer that you have had a good week and are ready to be inspired and encouraged in your walk with Christ.    We had our Community Thanksgiving Dinner this last weekend, and it went great! I have been a part of similar activities over the years and have always seen how beneficial and positive they can be. I am grateful that we were able to do this and am truly excited about reaching out to our neighbors and community members through this event. It is nice to be a part of something that shares kindness, love and...
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