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Mission of the Church

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

When Jesus first told his disciples about the church he was going to build he stated that, “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. This statement indicates two important facts about the church that help us identify the true church Jesus continues to build today. First, the church Jesus had in mind was going to have a mission in this world, and second, the defenses of hell itself would not be able to withstand that mission. To identify that chu...

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The Institutional Church

Posted on February 7, 2019 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

The first words Jesus spoke concerning the church are recorded in Matthew 16: 17-19, “Blessed are you Simon Bar-jona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heave...

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The Church Jesus is Building

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

I’ve been associated with some form of “church” all my life. But I’m not sure I have really understood or recognized the church Jesus said he was building. Except for a few rebellious years in my late teens and early 20’s I have been a member of the “institutional church” of various flavors and have even pastored a number of them for the last 40 years or so. I’ve also been associated with various “para-church” o...

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40 Developmental Assets

Posted on January 23, 2019 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Some of you might have noticed the column on the left side of this newsletter entitled, “Youth Issues”. It’s been there week after week for a long time now and, like all other repetitive statements, may have lost your interest and attention. While the column may not grab your attention any longer, I am certain that the message contained in it is highly relevant to you, your family, and your community. It is a brief overview of the positive relationships...

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Childlike Faith

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Children have always had a special place in my heart. Whether it is the weekly blessings on the kids at the Church in the Woods, a baby dedication, or just watching them develop in their own natural settings I sense a deep compassion for all kids. As the song declares, “red and yellow black and white they are precious in his sight” I love kids of all sizes, shapes, and colors with what I think is the same kind of love Jesus must have had for them.

The go...

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Facing the New Year 2019

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Considering what lies ahead in 2019 I have mixed emotions. On the one hand I am excited about the possibilities and new opportunities God has provided for us both individually and collectively as the Church in the Woods. On the other hand, however, I have a nagging sense of dread concerning the opposition and suffering that’s always present in this fallen world we live in. Naturally I would like to focus only on the good God has in store for us this next year. But...

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Facing the New Year 2019

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

Considering what lies ahead in 2019 I have mixed emotions. On the one hand I am excited about the possibilities and new opportunities God has provided for us both individually and collectively as the Church in the Woods. On the other hand, however, I have a nagging sense of dread concerning the opposition and suffering that’s always present in this fallen world we live in. Naturally I would like to focus only on the good God has in store for us this next year...

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Hope for the New Year

Posted on January 3, 2019 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Each New Year I get a little confused about what exactly I am celebrating. Am I celebrating the fact that I made it out of 2018 alive? Or am I celebrating the fact that I have new opportunities in 2019? Most of the time I don’t give it a lot of thought but deep inside there is this sense of joy and peace and I wonder where that comes from. Looking back over the last year I am satisfied with what I consider to be progress in several areas. But I also see other thi...

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O Holy Night

Posted on December 27, 2018 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

My favorite Christmas song has always been “O Holy Night”. What I like about it is not just the reverent music, but the lyrics as well. For me, the song captures the true meaning of Christmas in a very simple yet profound way. It always brings to mind the gentle way the Father introduced himself to the world as our loving God by fully identifying himself with the common “nobodies” in both humility and majesty. 

Being born a helple...

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Merry Christmas!

Posted on December 19, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Sandi and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It has been our privilege to serve you by the grace of our Lord Jesus and look forward to continuing in the New Year. We greatly appreciate the love and support you have shown us over the past year and especially your dedication to the mission of Alpha Ministries’ Church in the Woods.

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