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From the Pastor's Desk - March 2018

March 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” -Matthew 16

The path to Easter

Easter is the first of April. Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and ours. I love Easter and the promise of Glory it foreshadows. But the path…

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From the Pastor's Desk - February 2018

February 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith… For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of…

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From the Pastor's Desk - January 2018

January 1, 2018 - Pastor Tom Kraft

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. -Psalm 51

A Winter’s Day

It’s one of the most beautiful…

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A Christmas Message from Pastor Tom

December 12, 2017 - Pastor Tom Kraft

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9

In the midst of our busy lives, decorating, gift buying, and dinner making, God is born to us. A Wonderful Counselor bursts into our lives to help us keep things in perspective. When we worry about bills, what to…

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From the Pastor's Desk - December 2017

December 1, 2017 - Pastor Tom Kraft

If I could have one gift for Christmas…

What do you want for Christmas?

That question will be asked millions and millions of times all over the world over the next few weeks. The answer varies a million times. A video game, a big check, a trip to the Caribbean, my family all home for the holidays, or a magic Christmas dinner.

But what if you could have only one gift, and it could be anything you could…

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From the Pastor's Desk - November 2017

November 1, 2017 - Pastor Tom Kraft

Luke 14:25a: Large crowds were traveling with Jesus,

We often consider a large crowd a mark of success. Large crowds at a football game, or a concert, or the opening of a store, or at a church worship service. Jesus had large crowds follow him. And why not?!? He gave them free food, he healed the sick, he told amazing stories and he could do miracles. But Jesus was not always affirming of the large crowds.

Luke…

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From the Pastor's Desk - October 2017

October 1, 2017 - Pastor Tom Kraft

What do you think of the leaves this year?

The Autumn leaves are one of the most amazing, radiant display of God’s creation we can behold… and they fall to the ground leaving a mess for us to rake up… that we can put in a big pile and jump in… that will cause our allergies to flare… and they protect the roots of our…

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From the Pastor's Desk - September 2017

September 8, 2017 - Pastor Tom Kraft

“To everything there is a season, and time for every purpose under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3

I am looking at the apple tree in my back yard. It’s time to pick the apples. When I was a little boy, I remember picking cherries with my grandfather. Picking apples is something I do with my grandson. And if I don’t, the rabbits and deer will eat them all. But I am just not sure when I will get…

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From the Pastor's Desk - Fall Updates

August 12, 2017 - Pastor Tom Kraft

The older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ The older brother became angry, and refused to go in. So his father went out & pleaded with him.  - Luke…

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From the Pastor's Desk - July/August 2017

July 1, 2017 - Pastor Tom Kraft

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.”  -John 15

The Christian church around us is changing quickly. In many places it appears…

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