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Why Not Here?

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I’ve been taking the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course for the last few months. It’s an important part of becoming competent in my new role as Global Partners Director for our church. One of our beloved Global Partners told me I had to take...

Global Partner Emphasis

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Sunday begins our annual Global Partners Emphasis. For three Sundays, we will turn our attention more fully to the 13 families and individuals we have sent to represent our Lord Jesus to the nations and to our responsibility as a local church to bring God’s blessing to people beyond the...

Remembering the Sweet Truth

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Paulette and I were on vacation out of state for two Sundays in January and, as enjoyable and refreshing as it was, it was really good to be back with the community we love last week. And to share in the Lord’s table with you all was especially meaningful. Communion is a “memorial...

The Wonder of Christmas

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"For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.”  - Hebrews 2:17  I have known the Christmas story since I...

Christmas Marketing

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I know, I know, I know. Every year we complain about how much earlier the stores begin their Christmas push. We all do it. So much so that complaining about it has become one of our holiday traditions. You would think that we wouldn’t be surprised anymore by how soon the Christmas selling...

Sabbath

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Let me take this opportunity, on behalf of Paulette and myself, to say “Thank you!” in writing to Pastor Jay, our Elders, and to the people of our beloved Greater Portland Bible Church for the spectacular and gracious dinner party in early June, for the generous financial gifts, and...

Thank you GPBC

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We are at that point in our pastoral transition process where I am finding myself saying, “This is my last______ [fill in the blank: staff meeting, sermon, elder meeting…] as lead pastor.” So, this is my last blog as lead pastor. It’s a good time for some thank...

Jesus is our Pastor

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At least once a month since last October, I have used this space to comment on the transition of the lead pastor role from myself to Pastor Jay. Are you getting weary of hearing about “The Transition”? I hope not because I still enjoy thinking, talking, and writing about it.The...

How's it Going?

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A couple of questions have been coming up very frequently in recent weeks: “How’s the transition going?” and, “When are you leaving?” Two quick answers: “Very well, thank you,” and, “I’m not.” It’s becoming increasingly clear as...

The Next Chapter

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This week we have turned the page on the next chapter in the life of Greater Portland Bible Church. The next lead pastor, Jay Gjurgevich, is on-site and eagerly engaging the steep learning curve of the culture and structures of our community. After working together for just these first few days...