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Encourage0gram June 8. 2020

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Encourage0gramJune 8, 2020 My dear friends, I am thankful for you!  Most of you I have met.  Many of you I consider some of my closest friends on this life-long journey.  We are passing through a strange season in history.  I want to remind us simply to keep...

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Encourage0gram June 6, 2020

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Encourage0gramJune 6, 2020 Dear Friends, Today, we will continue our look at David’s personal lament song in Psalm 13.You may remember from yesterday that David very honestly expressed his struggles. He was struggling theologically with God, personally with himself, and socially...

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Encourage0gram June 5, 2020

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Encourage0gramJune 5, 2020 Dear Friends, I find my heart is often lamenting these days.  Our country and our world are under attack by prejudice, racism, violence, illness, injustice.  Our church body has been impacted by many sorrows during this season!  Some have...

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Encourage0gram June 4, 2020

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Encourage0gramJune 4, 2020 Dear Friends, Today we return to Psalm 118. This song was sung by believers as they entered Jerusalem for worship.  Some think it may have been written originally to celebrate the completion of the rebuilding of the temple and the wall under Ezra and...

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Encourage0gram June 2, 2020

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Encourage0gramJune 2, 2020 Dear Friends, Let us take a moment today to look at Galatians 6:7-9. NIV Galatians 6:7-9Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please...

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Encourage0gram June 1, 2020

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Encourage0gramJune 1, 2020 Dear Friends, At noon yesterday we gathered together in an hour-long zoom prayer meeting. It was truly a blessing to see each other even on zoom!  We are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to open for worship services at church.  We have installed the...

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Encourage0gram May 30, 2020

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Encourage0gramMay 30, 2020 Dear Ones, The song writer begins Psalm 118 with a call to give thanks to the Lord. Then he gives us a personal deliverance testimony.  NIV Psalm 118:5-7When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious...

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Encourage0gram May 29, 2020

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Encourage0gramMay 29, 2020 Dear Friends, My heart is crushed by recent events in our land.  Racism is always wrong in any form and any place.  Violence will not solve our problems.  Jesus stands ready to forgive and bring healing to all who call upon Him with sincere...

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Encourage0gram May 28, 2020

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Encourage0gramMay 28, 2020 Dear Friends, Help us celebrate today! In January 1983, I asked Betsy Emmaline Bormann to marry me.  On that night, I gave her a cross-stitched frame containing Joshua 24:15 “But as for me and my house, we will serve the...

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Encourage0gram May 22.2020

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Encourage0gramMay 22, 2020 Dear Friends, Since Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day, I thought we may profit from a short study on freedom. Jesus sets us free from the penalty of our SINS! NIV John 8:34-36Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to...

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