Author Archives: Pastor John

Connect with God in Worship

A couple of weeks ago my family went on a staycation to Jester Park (northwest of Des Moines). We had a wonderful time in nature and lots of fun playing games together. It was a good time to connect as … Continue reading

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The Secret Deception of Judging Your Neighbor

Deception. When we read that word, we think of how wicked it sounds. No one wants to be deceived. It is a horrible feeling to realize that you have been deceived. Yet, there is a deception that is far to … Continue reading

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Contentment – It’s About What You Want Out of Life

Contentment. In our advertising saturated world, the concept of contentment is almost impossible to find. We are constantly told that what we presently have isn’t good enough, fast enough, or cool enough. When was the last time we were supposed … Continue reading

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Prayer, a Response to Life

There is nothing more natural in this world than breathing.  Most of us don’t even have to think about it.  We breathe because we live.  Right now, as you are reading this post, you are breathing. Ten minutes ago you … Continue reading

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What are our thoughts about Heaven?

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even … Continue reading

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Trapped!

They eagerly seek you, not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them… Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law? Galatians 4:17, 21 Let me … Continue reading

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Starting Anew with Hope

Think back for a moment to this annual event: going back to school. Every year children gear up for school in August.  Mom’s are getting their youngest ready for kindergarten. Students are planning what they and their friends are going to … Continue reading

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Until the Job is Done

Imagine with me: A man is running a hard race.  He is in the lead by a hundred feet.  He is just a hundred feet from the finish line.  He has been running for miles.  He sees a friend cheering him on.  Suddenly, he stops.  He walks to the line of spectators and just sits down in front of them.  He gives no explanation except, “I’m done.”  He doesn’t finish the race that he started.  He doesn’t win.  He just quits early. That is not what God has in mind when He says ‘run with endurance,’ is it?  Continue reading

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Live by the Spirit

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. – Galatians 5 This week I want us to … Continue reading

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The Transforming Power of Grace

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Today we think of the power of God’s grace. To me the power of grace … Continue reading

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