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

Sandy and I have enjoyed the last two months on sabbatical.  Due to the persistent virus, our travel plans had to be cancelled.  We called it our “stay-battical”.  We spent lots of time with our grandkids at our house, their homes, and at the coast.  The coast was awfully foggy – “socked-in”, as Sandy likes…

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Do you ever find that sometimes it’s just good to get back to the basics? Basics are usually nothing fancy or shiny or showy. They are the essentials in life, the simple and important facts or ideas that connect us to something important. What are those for you? For me, during this season of challenge,…

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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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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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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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“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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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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I have a Scripture for you. Does anyone else desperately need to hear the Word of the Lord right NOW? I know I do. It’s for everyone – regardless of race, age, gender, etc. etc. It’s for YOU…right now… Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they…

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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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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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