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First Day – November

Words are important.  For a fellow who spends an awful lot of time “doing words” (reading them, writing them, saying them) it makes me feel good when others acknowledge that words matter….and all the more so when someone mentions that my words meant something good to them. The fact is

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First Day — July 2020

Dear Friends: For seventy-one years western Ohio Nazarenes have gathered at our beautiful district campground in St. Marys for a week to be “with God” and “with one another”.  It’s a mix of family reunion, tremendous church services, recreation, rest, a little business, and a lot of ice cream. There

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First Day – April 24, 2020

My Dear NWO Sisters and Brothers … Our nation and world is in the throes of that which none of us has ever experienced. It came upon us unexpectedly. With its good and bad, the world was still in many respects predictable.  The stock market was at all-time highs. Unemployment in

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A letter from Geoff Kunselman to NWO pastors

March 10, 2000 / Dear pastors … The coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting much of our world and much of our lives.  Last night I watched President Trump announce new measures to attempt to respond to issues to what the World Health Organization is now describing as a pandemic. Tuesday of

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First Day – December 2019

Each year I write a letter to our NWO retired ministers and their spouses. We enclose a small gift of appreciation from our district family. I thought you might be interested in this year’s letter.  And let’s all remember to express our love and appreciation to our pastors and their

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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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