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Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

More Than Enough

Some of my favorite memories as a child are when my family and I would travel over the mountains to Southern Oregon to visit my grandma for the holidays. (Over the mountains and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go. Yes, that was us.) We would gather around that long dining room table with…

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No Shame November

Welcome to November!  If you’re a guy/male/man like I am than you may be familiar with the term “No Shave November.” It’s when macho men make a 30 day pledge to keep all razors away from their faces. Interestingly, one month rolls right into the next (Decem-BEARD) and into the next couple months (Janu-HAIRY and Febu-HAIRY)!…

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Promises Fulfilled

A few weeks ago I felt Holy Spirit prompting me to focus on the promises God gives us in the Scripture. He recalled Deuteronomy 6:4-9 to my mind: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you…

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Let us then approach…

Two nights ago I shared what I believe is a word from the Lord at our monthly “First Wednesday” prayer gathering, and I had a sense even then that it would be something important that would be communicated to the rest of our church. The New Testament text in our Pause Bible Reading Plan a…

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Read the Instructions

Just a simple encouragement for your day… Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’.” (Matthew 4:4) But first, this stress-inducing illustration:  Have you ever bought a new dresser, bookshelf, or desk from Ikea?  I have.  In fact, I’ve been…

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Back to Church Sunday

This last weekend we dropped off our 19 year old daughter Anna at her apartment in Redding, CA for the start of another year of college. Our 15 year old son Isaac just went to the Salem Center Mall to stock up on fresh clothes, binders, pens, pencils, and other misc supplies for another year…

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Waiting with the Lord

How lovely is your dwelling place,    Lord Almighty!My soul yearns, even faints,    for the courts of the Lord;my heart and my flesh cry out    for the living God.Even the sparrow has found a home,    and the swallow a nest for herself,    where she may have her young—a place near your altar,    Lord Almighty, my King and my God.Blessed are those who…

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A Glorious Shadow

A GLORIOUS SHADOW “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  And  because you have been made sons [if you have believed in the Son],…

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City of Peace

Last Wednesday I sat down at Riverfront Park for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Minto Brown walking bridge. The mayor spoke. Senator Peter Courtney, whom the bridge is named after, also had some wonderful words to say. Then the crowd gathered at the bridge entrance for the ceremonial ribbon cutting. It was a…

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Praise God When Delays Come

Learn the liberating practice of offering praise to your Father and Savior for all things.  Through many tests and trials of your faith you will learn that, far greater than any success, He Himself is your victory.  Victory awaits you if you patiently persevere, and do not give up.  Trust and praise God, knowing that…

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