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From Trials to Triumph

Publication:Pastoral Letter, March 2018 Dear Friends, I love the Word of God for so many reasons but primarily because I believe it is the Word of God and therefore it is true. It doesn’t gloss over the “nasty stuff” or deny us the great stuff. It gives us amazing promises, warns of serious trials, and [...]

Where Is Jesus?

Publication:Pastoral Letter,April 2017 Dear Friend in Christ: A few days ago I attended a funeral; it was my second one that day. The first one I conducted for an 85-year-old woman that I had known since 1957. She had Alzheimer’s and had been prepared for her passing. The second funeral was very different. My son [...]

Spread the Gospel

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2012 Dear Friend in Christ: I want to address what I believe is the number one issue now for churches and all followers of Christ: spreading the Gospel through personal testimonies and in personal relationships, which is the biblical way. The model for this statement can be found in John 1:29-42. [...]

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The Spirit of Prophecy

Publication: Pastoral Letter, November 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: I have been writing to you about the power of the prophetic word. The first two letters were “Before We Proceed” and “The Womb of the Word.” This letter is about the spirit of prophecy. The Holy Spirit testifies to Jesus; this is a profound truth. [...]

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Walk on Water

Publication: Pastoral Letter, September 2010 Dear Friend in Christ: Life is not always smooth sailing. What do we do then? How do we handle adversity that is beyond our control? There is an old song that says, "When the storms of life are raging, stand by me." There are many kinds of storms, and in [...]

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Four Vital Issues

Publication: Pastoral Letter, January 2010 Dear Friend in Christ: Happy New Year! I pray this letter finds you well. There are many important issues that face us as we enter 2010, and beyond, but I want to address four specific vital issues that underlie all of our challenges: sin, salvation, the Holy Spirit and the [...]

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The Process for Peter

Publication: Pastoral Letter, January 2009 Dear Friend in Christ: Happy New Year! In our upcoming issue of One-to-One Magazine, I’ve written an article about the humble Christ_the many ways that the Son of God exercised humility in order to reach the humble. In this letter, I want to focus on Peter and how he too [...]

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Here’s to the Crown

Publication: Pastoral Letter, June 2008 Dear Friend in Christ: Perhaps this should be a book instead of a letter, but I pray that I can deliver the message in this brief form. My desire is to encourage you to get to the place of victorious joy; what’s more, I believe that this is the Lord’s [...]

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The Power of Perspective

Publication: Pastoral Letter, November 2007 Dear Friend in Christ: You may or may not need this letter today, but keep it handy! All of us will be tested at some point in life, and how you view the test will make all the difference. Perspective may cause you to react and destroy your best possibilities. [...]

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The Personal Cross

Publication: Pastoral Letter, July 2003 Dear Friend in Christ: Greetings in Jesus’ name! Everyone here at CSM sends their love and gratitude to you for your prayer and friendship, and we pray that you and yours are having a blessed and enjoyable summer thus far. This month, I want to continue to focus on the [...]

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