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Birthday Party!

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BIRTHDAY PARTY! Greater Portland Bible Church met as a congregation for the first time on December 4, 1977. In last week’s blog, Joyce Wachsmuth let you know that we are planning a celebration of our 40th anniversary on Sunday December 3, 2017. Luis Palau, who played a significant role in...

Well Done

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Pastor Carl Palmer spoke at both the graveside and the memorial service for my mother last week. He had been my parents’ pastor for almost 30 years and knew them both quite well. The words he spoke to us were both comforting and challenging.  Pastor Carl reminded us of Jesus&rsquo...

An Arch of Triumph

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Paulette and I were privileged to accompany her sister on a whirlwind tour of London and Paris last week, two cities that have been on her bucket list for a long time. Three nights in London and four in Paris is really just a fly-by of the historic hot spots, places that have had world-wide...

Are Vacations Godly?

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Are vacations godly? Are they biblical? I think so. I hope so since I’ve got a couple of weeks away scheduled for this summer. As far as I could discover, the word ‘vacation’ isn’t in the Bible, not even in the Greek or Hebrew. Not even in The Message. Of course, you...

Summer with Jesus

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Summer?! Already?! Yes, it’s official, we are in the first full week of Summer. It has become the norm in almost every conversation for someone to comment, “my, how time flies. Why, it seems like Easter was just two weeks ago and Christmas just the week before that.” Do you...

Thank You, Mom

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Allow me if you will, on this Mother’s Day weekend, to pay homage to my own mother. She is 92 years old and I’m sure as I can be that she won’t make it to 93. She is in the last days of her life— on this earth, that is. Dad finished his life here and has been with our...

Which is greater, Christmas or Easter?

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The two biggest Christian holidays of the year are Christmas and Easter. And each year as each of them approach, I find myself wondering which one is most important, which one should we celebrate most. Of course in our culture, Christmas gets the most hype and the most lead time, beginning these...

People of Every Nation, Tribe, and Language

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After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation...

Dual Citizenship

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Many people have observed that we are in a season of unity as a church community and that it is delightful. What is even more delightful, and remarkable, is that within that unity there is a growing diversity. We are seeing an increasing ethnic and language and cultural diversity. Generational...

The Year of our Lord's Favor

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We are already six days into the new year, but since this is our first blog of 2017, Happy New Year! 2016 was not a happy year for many people in our church. In fact, it was quite difficult and painful for several. So when I say, “Happy New Year,” it’s not just a holiday...