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

Psalm 139

Often times when we talk about David, the ancient king whom the Old Testament gives thorough account for, we talk about his accomplishments.  Slaying giants.  Shepherd becoming king.  Ark establishing, prolific songwriter. What is often overlooked about his life is that at each major turning point David is faced with relational backlash from those who…

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Thankfulness and Personal Peace

A thankful, believing heart can enter into many blessings, especially God’s peace.  In my brief experience, forty-four years of seeking, believing and growing in Jesus, I have learned that it is always better to choose an expression of thankfulness and praise in every situation.  I don’t always do it, but I’m going to keep learning…

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Mary and Martha’s Grief

**Suggested reading: The Death of Lazarus – John 11:1-44 “Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died…” John 11:21 “Mary…fell down at Jesus’ feet saying “Lord. if you had been here, my brother would not have died…” John 11:32 Today as I read this story, the…

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The Value of Blessing

Blessing is an essential, positive condition of favor in which God’s love and purpose grows. Blessing is an essential, positive condition of favor in which God’s love and purpose grows.  You receive blessing as a promise from the Lord, but you must align your life with Him to enjoy His blessing.  Then you have the…

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Zacchaeus: Changed By Seeing Jesus

He stood there in anticipation.  He had heard rumors about this religious leader; one who had dealt so favorably with sinners like himself in the past.  Someone just like him, a publican, was even invited into the inner circle of twelve that had the opportunity to follow and learn from this Jesus – an unheard…

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Do Not Worry

There is a song I like to sing to my 17-month old son. It’s called Do Not Worry and it’s based off some scripture found in Matthew 6. I’ll summarize it for you: Look at the birds and the flowers, they are taken care of by God – Don’t you know that you are worth…

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On The Value Of Being Silent

Today, June 17, happens to be my wedding anniversary. Forty-one years of uninterrupted happiness for Sandy and me. (I used to be such a handsome young man. Just ask her.) This morning, I encountered a young couple whose wedding day is Friday of this week. Seeing them so happy and full of anticipation, as well…

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Love.Everyone.Always

Two days ago I was catching up on some work at a downtown Salem coffeeshop. It got to be around lunchtime and I was getting hungry. A downtown favorite for me is VENTI’S. Before heading there, I asked a local businessman and friend if he wanted to join me. His answer was YES. While crossing the street,…

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Love Week 2019

As June is about to begin, we are entering a season of service at West Salem Foursquare Church.  June 17 – 22 is our second edition of Love Week.   Love Week is simple.  We have identified several community based Christian ministries in our city who will benefit from just a few hours of group…

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Christ in Me

For the last three years I’ve had the honor of being the Kids Ministry intern here at West Salem Foursquare. During this time I’ve lead many classes—both elementary and preschool—on Sunday mornings. It has been such an incredible gift to see the kids of WSFC hear the Word of God every week, to watch their…

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