Thanks, Mom

This day, like so many others in Iraq, was depressing. May 1, 2003 -- I was in the desert with an invading force of Marines. As chaplain of 1,800 people, it was my job to meet spiritual needs. Being in an isolated area, our communication was limited. The only contact with...

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I Was Duped!

This post is a follow-up message from Pastor Ben's sermon entitled "Battle-Ready". [Watch video] For years, I believed that Jesus died on the cross. But I also believed that if I was a good boy I’d make it to heaven. If I wasn’t, well then. I believed a distorted gospel. At...

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Our efforts as a church to create an “Easter Advent” paid off. Since Easter is the most important holiday for Christians, we devoted four weeks of preparation in order to give Easter its due, but also to focus on outreach. After all, the reason Jesus came and saved us was so...

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A Battle Before Us

This post is a follow-up message from Pastor Ben's sermon entitled "Save Now". [Watch video] Where was Satan during Holy week? When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Satan did not turn tail and run. During that week, I believe he marshaled all His demonic forces in an attempt to destroy...

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Principles of the Harvest

This post is a follow-up message from Caleb Klontz's sermon entitled "Lift Up Your Eyes!" [Watch video]   “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.”...

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The Power of Testimony

This post is a follow-up message from last week's Missions Sunday sermon entitled "The Heart of the Disciple". [Watch video] “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” Revelation 12:11...

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Christ Died to Free the Slaves!

This post is a follow-up message from Pastor Ben's sermon entitled "Slaves & Masters, Part II". [Watch video] One of the fascinating things I learned while studying slavery the last few weeks was the place of Christianity during the Civil War. As a retired Navy Chaplain, I was interested to learn that...

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Repent Like a Man

This post is a follow-up message from Pastor Chris's sermon entitled "Fatherhood". [Watch video] Repentance is a humbling concept, especially for men. If repentance could be taken in pill form, it would come in a brightly colored jar with all sorts of wonderful benefits printed on the label. But inside that jar...

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