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

Pick a Verse

I’m back again! It’s me Katie!  These last couple weeks have felt pretty dry for me. It’s felt harder to get into the Bible, or to pray – really it has felt hard to get close to God. You may feel the same way, the complete opposite, or somewhere in between and that is okay.…

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What I’m Learning

This last weekend I taught a message called “What I’m Learning.” You can find it, along with all of our previous messages here. I felt like the Lord so significantly stirred my heart in the preparation and preaching of this message, that I wanted to both encourage you to view it (if you haven’t already),…

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Matthew 11:28-30

I don’t know about you, but I am weary. I choose the word weary only because it seems more of a reflection of the soul. There is not much in my life that has stayed the same – maybe you are in the same boat. Vacations cancelled, work flipped upside down, social/political unrest, pandemic, dreams…

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1 Peter 4:7-11

“Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with…

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June 12, 2010

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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Where were you when…

Hi, it’s Pastor Rich and Sandy Marshall, here with you in the re-opening days of Oregon, as we transition from “closed” to “open”.   We have missed being with you.  You know the question,  “Where were you when … ?”   Like during a big storm, or a sports championship, or an historic national event. …

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Important Update – 5.17.20

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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Two Things in My Sight Line

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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Reverence and Thankfulness

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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Hard and Holy

This season has been hard and holy. There are things I don’t want to go back to when we have moved beyond this time. There are things I want to stay the same. I don’t want to go back to tendencies to take time with friends and family for granted. I don’t want to return…

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