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

The Beginning

A note from John: The following was developed primarily by my friend, Tim Clark, and used with permission. We collaborate on pretty much everything! Dear Church Family, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit…

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New Tape Measure

A few months back I bought a new tape measure. Now to give you a little perspective, I’m by no means a handy person. The tape measure just happened to come in a tool set that I bought on the off chance I decided to become handy. However, I already own a tape measurer. I’m familiar with it and nothing is wrong…

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The Longest Night

This night, December 21, the winter solstice, gives us the longest night of the year. Yes, the light has progressively waned to this point, but now the light of day will begin to increase. Cosmologically, our little planet is tilted twenty-two degrees relative to its orbit around the sun, which provides us with the changing…

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Fix Your Thoughts

There’s a lot to do and think about during the Christmas season. There’s plenty of holiday gatherings, gift-buying, office parties, making lists, and checking them twice. Don’t even get me started on fruitcakes and figgy pudding. In the midst of all the running around and busy-ness of Christmas, can I, strongly and pastorally, encourage you…

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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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