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

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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Piano

Psalm 118:24. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Summertime has come and isn’t it glorious? I would venture to say that most of us desire at some point during these warm months to journey to pleasant places, whether it’s a far-off destination, a peaceful seashore…

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Guilty as Charged

John 8 captures the story of the woman caught in adultery. I have read this portion of scripture dozens of times, and have always been drawn to Jesus’ grace, clarity of thought and balance. Unfortunately, I think many folks are too quick to jump to the “He who is without sin, cast the first stone”…

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Awakened by Tragedy

Nehemiah’s heart was awakened one morning.  It was not because a beautiful sunrise that came up over the fortress of Susa, or from a passage of scripture he came across while reading the Torah.  Nehemiah’s heart was awakened by tragedy. He heard of the condition his people were living in while in Jerusalem.  He heard…

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Too Full

A few years ago my family and I went out for pizza before attending a Saturday night church service. I was incredibly hungry and ate way too much. It’s unusual for me to leave a restaurant without a box of leftovers. But that night I walked out of the pizza place with nothing but an…

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The One

This week’s post comes from one of our leaders, Mark Burrows. We are excited about what God has put on his heart, and can’t wait to share it with you!   Have you ever pondered a quote that wouldn’t go away?  Recently I had that experience with the quote, “We are pre-wired to look for…

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Hello Summer

Today is the first day of June. Hello Summer (you are welcome here). This is often the start of a 3 month season in which folks hit the road, rev up the boat, head to the coast, or do whatever summer-time activity makes up for the long, dreary winter. I say:  have fun! But in…

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The Most Important Factor

I love us. And by “us” I mean all of us.  The whole big US!   From you and your circle of friends, to our gathering in West Salem, to the many other groups of believers in Jesus in our town who grow together, even as many of us who call on Jesus’ Name around…

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Focus on the One

Years ago I heard a preacher by the name of Andy Stanley say this:  “Do for one what you wish you could do for all.” I took that to heart. It was a timely point of instruction for me, because I had been in an extended season of something known as “compassion fatigue.” Compassion fatigue…

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