Category Archives: Thoughts and Prayers from Pastor Rich

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! Generous Hearts: “Trust God’s Good Work” – Rev. Rich Gantenbein, June 11, 2017 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Part 2[Audio clip: view … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: God’s Good Work

Philippians 1:3-6 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.  Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ … Continue reading

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The Preacher’s Post: Generous People Know Life Is Difficult

Scott M. Peck wrote: “Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once … Continue reading

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From the Preacher’s Post: Generous Hearts Are Broken Hearts

Memorial Day is the day that asks us to pause our normal activities and remember the cost paid by men and women who have died serving our country. I mourn this Memorial Day for a broken world in which conflict … Continue reading

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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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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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