Category Archives: Thoughts and Prayers from Pastor Rich

The Preacher’s Post: Generous Hearts Know God’s Generosity

I know we want to think of ourselves as rational, thoughtful people. Yet we are subject to a great abyss, which exists in some form in every one of our lives and every culture. That abyss is where our emotions … Continue reading

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Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ?

Did you miss the service? Or just want to hear more ? It’s all right here!   Good News: Hope in the Midst of the 24 Hour News Cycle – “The Gospel is WE not ME” Part 1 – Rev. … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: The Gospel is “We”not “Me”

I’m not the story. It’s not all about me. I’m part of the story God is telling through the Holy Spirit about Jesus Christ as my alpha and omega—the beginning and the end. Try as I might, I can’t find … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Knowledge is only a rumor…

Papua New Guinea Proverb: “Knowledge is only a rumor until it is in the muscle.” Easter for me was an extraordinary experience this year. The art…the music…the cardboard sign testimonies…all conspired to fill my heart to overflowing with hope and … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: That Magnificent Fear

When the realm of “God” breaks into our time/space existence the universal response is fear. Angels show up—fear. The Spirit moves—fear. William D. Eisenhower puts it this way in his article “Fearing God” in Christianity Today: Unfortunately, many of us … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Cost of Discipleship

Dietrich Bonheoffer wrote one of the five most important books in my life: The Cost of Discipleship. Bonheoffer hit me between the eyes in 1974 and hits me again today with the truth that, “cheap grace is the preaching of … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: God’s Pricing Policy

Human pricing for me often defies logic. You name it…art…jewelry…there are some things that just have the expensive look, but there are others that I think are cheap, even worthless, and turn out to be of great value. Then there’s … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: Ability or Availability?

I don’t usually string a series of biblical passages together as the primary content of my Preacher’s Post. But a key assumption at the center of my life has been challenged over the years and I want to share my … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: When Religion Gets In the Way

Jaroslav Pelikan: “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” My biggest disappointment when I first … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Other Side

We divide the world between “us” and “them”. That’s how we’re wired to protect us from threats. You’re either on my side or you’re against me. One of the rules in many of our families is it’s always family first, … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Evite List

From the Preacher’s Post… In the beginning there was Cronkite. And it was good. The mighty Walter was “the most trusted man in America,” and the CBS Evening News is how the nation got its daily dose of current events … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Mindful Living: Habits

Of the many decisions I’ll make today, about 40% of those decisions will be driven by habits I’ve formed my entire life. Everything from the mundane (brushing my teeth) to how I react to the people around me. Habits are … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Good Things Take Time

The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is . . . that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living. (Frederick … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Mindfulness: Grace and Forgiving Yourself

It’s been said, “There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and nothing you can do to make God love you less”. That is probably the best definition of grace I’ve come across, but I’m not … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Grinch Makes It To Christmas

From Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, … Continue reading

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