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

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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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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“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39 If you were to ask my mom today what one of the hardest things to get me…

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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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