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

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing ten years ago? Unless there was a significant event or well documented experience it’s not likely you would. For me however, I vividly remember June of 2010. June 12, 2010 was my first day as youth pastor at West Salem Foursquare Church. After spending…

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Hello Friends, I want to take a few moments to share some pastoral thoughts that I believe will serve our congregation in these particularly challenging times. As well, I want to offer two points of pastoral direction for our congregation. These points of pastoral direction are intended for the church that Denise and I lead and…

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I’m writing this weeks HELLO FRIENDS while sitting alone in the middle of the church lobby. I may or may not be humming the 1975 classic by Eric Carmen, “All by myself, don’t wanna be, all by myself, anymore….” I trust I’m not alone in saying how much I miss the gathering together of our…

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This month holds a lot of different emotions for me. The spring usually (not always) brings with it a break from the rain and cold weather of the late winter. Indeed, the sun seems to peek out and give us a taste of summer that I am always eager for. It’s always good as a…

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I grew up in a pretty liturgical religious environment. Stand. Sit. Knell. Rinse. Repeat. I knew what to say, and when to say it. Honestly, there is much about my religious upbringing that I am so grateful for, and many wonderful aspects that remain in my heart to this day. One of the common liturgies I committed…

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We all tend to live hurried lives. Kids, spouses, grandkids, friends, social media, work and the daily upkeep of taking care of ourselves consumes us. Maybe you have recently retired and you are left with a busy mind and all this space to fill that you have no idea what to do with! All that…

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This week’s blog post comes from our new Lead Children’s Pastor, Brittany! Living in the “Amusement Park Capital” of the U.S. (Orlando, FL) and then the actual capital of the U.S. (Maryland/Washington DC area), I am no stranger to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Someone was always in a hurry and there was…

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Platforms and Loincloths: How Christ Can Heal Shame And Restore Lives A long long time ago (we won’t debate specifics) existed the original “it” couple.  No, not Jay-Z and Beyonce.  Even farther back than Fred and Wilma.  Their names: Adam and Eve.  They lived in paradise: a God-made garden specifically designed to suit their needs…

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Have you ever walked through a difficult conflict which, when all is said and done, turned out to be a blessing in disguise?   How about encountered a difficult person who ended up being used by God to help you through something? In Joshua 5:13-15 we see Joshua have just one of those types of…

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Little known fact: most of my spiritual awakenings have happened in very ordinary places. I’ve discovered God’s love for detail and beauty while putting my feet to the pavement on a run. I’ve been reminded to put my trust in God and not lean on my own understanding while standing barefoot over a stack of…

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