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Thank You!

Thank you for twenty-two blessed years of ministry together.  May God’s resurrection power continue to be poured out on this church!

Don Wilson

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Church Attendance

Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.

(Dwight L. Moody)

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Do Not Shut Your Ears

Do not shut your ears to peoples’ needs or God will not hear you when you cry out in need.

(Proverbs 21:13, Don Wilson paraphrase)

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Replacing Spiritual Fatigue

In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest.  All He asks is that we come to Him…spend a while…occupying ourselves with Him, totally and thoroughly lost in the hiding place of His presence.

(Chuck Swindoll)

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Fishers of Men

God called us to be fishers of men, not to swap fish between aquariums.

(Rick Warren)

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Anger

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

(Mark Twain)

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Jesus and Mister Rogers

The Jesus I learned about as a child was sweet and inoffensive, the kind of person whose lap you would want to climb on.  Mister Rogers with a beard.  Indeed, Jesus did have the qualities of gentleness and compassion that attracted little children.  Mister Rogers, however, he assuredly was not.  Not even the Romans would have crucified Mister Rogers.

(Philip Yancey, in the video The Jesus I Never Knew)

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Christian Prayer

Christian prayer is simple, in the sense that a small child can pray the prayer Jesus taught.  But it’s hard in the demands it makes as we go on with it.

(N.T. Wright, Simply Christian)

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Submission

Submission is not subjugation.  Subjugation turns a person into a thing, destroys individuality, and removes all liberty.  Submission makes a person become more of what God wants him to be; it brings out individuality; it gives him freedom to accomplish all that God has for his life and ministry.

(Warren Wiersbe, in the Leadership Journal article “Principles Are the Bottom Line”)

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Sincerity

You can be sincere, but you can be sincerely wrong.  The fact is, it takes more than sincerity to make it in life.  It takes truth.

(Rick Warren, in his sermon “Myths That Make Us Miserable”)

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