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Our Hometown Worship section is where you'll find our area churches directory, special features about local churches and church leaders and obituaries. Devotional pieces from Pastors Bill Mantel, Joel Seibel (Amazing Grace) and Rick Warren (A Purpose Driven Life) grace the pages of this section, along with columns by Sherida Nett.

 

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Forget your past, release your future
Pastor and Minister

In order for change to take place in our lives and for us to become effective Christians, we must forget our past and embrace our future.

The Word talks a lot about letting go of our past. God does not want us all cluttered up with the junk of our past.

God wants us to walk by faith, trust in Him and see our future through His eyes.

Forgetting and forgiveness go hand in hand, whether it is forgiving yourself or others. When we forgive, we must forget. Forgiving and forgetting positions you to receive God’s best, and go to the next level in life.

Look at forgetting your past as a key that opens the door to all the promises, riches and blessings of God.

Let us look to a few scriptures ...

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Best gifts for a new Pastor
Preacher of Missions for the Baptist Association.

I was scheduled to bring the final sermon at a church that was one week away from welcoming its new pastor. My first thought was to pull out a message I had used before with other congregations that would be apt for this occasion. Then, an idea occurred to me.

Why not ask the incoming pastor what he’d like me to say to the church?

In reply to my email, an hour later, I had his answer. One would have thought he had been waiting for someone to ask him that very question since he was so prompt in responding.

He said, “I would love to come into a church that was unified, where everyone loved each other, and they all prayed for the pastor.” He even gave a text for each point from Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians.

The more I reflected on it all week, the more I realized any pastor coming into a new church would give a month’s salary for these three gifts ...

The passage ends, “... Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together ...

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Steadfast love

Sowing the gospel seed

Jesus goes fishing

God's recommendation for graduates

Steps to become a successful servant of God

God's family lasts forever

The most valuable thing

With his grace alone we ... Rest Content

Self-control, an inner power

Jesus ... the bridge builder
Contributing writer

Another true story will reveal a clear message this week. This story is about two brothers who lived together in harmony for 40 years as they farmed the same land their father had passed down to them. Their houses were opposite of each other, sharing the same big back yard. But something came between them to where they would not speak to each other, and the laughter their families once shared became an eerie silence.

One day a man looking for work came by the younger brother’s house. As he thought, he came up with a project. He told the man that his older brother had bulldozed the river levee and put a creek between them without asking his permission. So he instructed the handyman to take the wood by the barn and construct a high fence so he could not see his brother. The handyman said he had an idea of what to do and went to work.

The younger brother left for a few days to visit his wife’s mother. When he came back he was stunned by what he saw. Instead of a fence, the handyman had built a bridge over the creek … and just as he walked out the back door to view the project, his brother was crossing over the ...

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