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First Day – October 2019

In the Church of the Nazarene our stated mission is to “Make Christlike Disciples in the Nations.” The central and pivotal word in that statement is “Christlike.” What does it mean to be Christlike? A commentary I read recently stated that more than any other descriptor of Jesus in the

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First Day – July 2019

Dear friends … The Gathering 2019 started with the Lima Community Choir singing, “I’m Living In the Overflow.” While testimonial and inspirational for sure, it proved to be prophetic for me. Here I am two weeks away, and yet every day (actually several times a day) my mind recalls something from

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First Day – May 2019

Dear friend … Acts 2 records that “when the day of Pentecost was fully come, the believers were all together in one place, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit.” From there they went to share the saving message of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Thousands believed the

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First Day – March 2019

During this quadrennium (2017-’21) I am privileged to serve on the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene. There are approximately 50 persons on the board from around the world, equally divided between clergy and laity. In the plenary sessions we are seated in alphabetical order. To my right

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First Day – February 2019

I was shocked by the recent actions of the legislators and governor in New York. It was mind-bending to believe they had decreed an abortion is legal in New York all the way to full-term if it threatens the life and health (“health” was the new determinant) of the mother.

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First Day – January 2019

Recently the pastor of our Bryan Church, Rev. Roger Blough, went to be with the Lord after a relatively brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Our hearts go out to his wife Jackie and their son Jason. Many of us were privileged to have Roger as a dear friend, and thus

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First Day – November 2018

FIVE BOYS … When I was age nine our family moved 600 miles to a “borough” outside of Philadelphia. We lived there less than three years, but my experiences there forever shaped me. In my new school class were two Jewish boys appropriately named David and Jonathan. David’s dad owned

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First Day – October 2018

This past Sunday I was at Springfield Maplewood Church. I cannot describe how happy I am to see and feel what is happening there. During lunch Pastor Vickie Case told me a story about when she first counseled at one of our district’s children’s camps 20-plus years ago. One of

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First Day – September 2018

Beware If Your “Religion” Makes You Mean / Sept. 11, 2018 … Seventeen years ago 3,000 Americans lost their lives in attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. Our nation grieved in shock. Ever since we have watched as attacks of various

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First Day – August 2018

Dear friend, On a cold January 2017 evening I came into the district parsonage and went straight to the already-burning fireplace. (It’s gas … I don’t want you thinking Mona is chopping wood and building fires for “her man” to come home to.) Mona called from the kitchen, “I learned

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