Pastor’s Manna

Pastor’s Manna – Thrive

Thrive  The original Middle English meaning of the word thrive was “to grow or increase”. Our modern-day understanding is “to flourish or prosper”.  Are you thriving? Not only in the sense of prospering, but are you …  Growing?  Increasing?  Flourishing?  Isn’t it hard to measure your life? How does one measure their level of growth […]

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Pastor’s Manna

Back to School Discovery!  It is the time of year that many of us used to dread….  The end of summer break from school…  The end of summer vacations,  The end of all day long relaxing and playing,  It is time, to go back to school! It is time for our children to get back […]

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Pastor’s Manna – But then…

  But then…  Just a week ago, on Easter Sunday, we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This was quite literally a triumph over evil, a victory over death, a defeat of sin.  For the disciples, it changed everything. Their teacher and leader had been killed. They had been hiding behind doors, fearful of the […]

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Pastor’s Manna – From Death to Life

From Death to Life  Last month our region experienced significant flooding damage as rivers swelled to historic levels and overflowed their banks. This affected many people, including people within our congregation.  Some towns were completely cut-off from the world and on their own for awhile. Some people lost all they possessed, and some people lost […]

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Pastor’s Manna – Lenten Practices

Lenten Practices  Have you ever wondered what the season of Lent is all about? Why do some people give things up? Why do all these places suddenly advertise fish? How is this related to our faith?  The Catholic church began a tradition that a person would give up something for Lent, remembering the 40 days […]

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Pastor’s Manna – New Year, New Start

New Year, New Start  What does the New Year mean to you? I always love how with a new year, everything resets. New Calendars, new files, new goals… new chances!  I remember growing up, it meant a struggle to figure out what New Year’s resolution I would be trying to keep. What was worthy of […]

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Pastor’s Manna – ‘Tis The (Busy) Season

‘Tis the (Busy) Season  I have always loved Christmas. I especially enjoyed the midnight candlelight service, lighting the candles of all the people who had come to worship. We would always start at 11:00pm and when worship was finished, it was Christmas.  Like most children, Christmas was always a magical time of gifts, family, parties, […]

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Pastor’s Manna – Sabbatical Time

Sabbatical Time  As most of you know, for the later part of the summer I took a sabbatical. This Sabbatical had a specific focus of trying to renew various relational aspects of my life that I have not been able to focus on while I was serving as a pastor over the last 10 years […]

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