Thoughts from Pastor Randy…

6th Grade Man Talk

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying…” Joshua 1:10

“Dad, we need to talk…”

A few days ago, my youngest son walked into the room and said, “Dad, now that I’m in 6

th

grade, we should have another man talk.”
I have made it a practice to sit down with my boys as they enter into new seasons of their life to prepare them as best as I can for what’s ahead. These talks include things like: their relationship with God, how to treat girls, how to protect their eyes and heart from lust, sex, what God’s view of real manhood is, and more.


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Wait! Watch! Listen!

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“Blessed is the man who listens to me (wisdom personified), watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.” Proverbs 8:34

A week of firsts…first masters level hermeneutics class… first time being Lead Pastor…first time both of my boys starting middle school…

A week like this can seem a little overwhelming…especially when I realize that I don’t have all the wisdom I need to do everything that comes with these responsibilities…


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Youth Day, Fun Day!

Jesus Talk

“I in them, and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You loved Me.” John 17:23

I’m hanging out with youth from our church ALL DAY! We are going to have a GREAT DAY!

A highly important aspect of being an effective witness for Jesus is for His people to be one!


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Rebecca Puts Up With A Lot!

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7

Last evening, we took the opportunity to have dinner at friends’ house here in Vancouver. It was a nice time of eating good food together with our families and then having good conversation while the kids played. During our conversation last night, I was reminded of a very important principle for life that I applied to my marriage.


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Daddy, Is It a Sign From God?

Jesus Talk

“And I will grant wonders in the sky above, and signs on the earth beneath…” Acts 2:19

Daddy…do you believe it is a sign from God?

Two weeks ago, I was taking a group of youth from the church downtown to talk to people about Jesus. The question we were using was, “What are your thoughts on the Solar Eclipse?” We received many different responses to that question. As we were preparing to leave the church, I read an article to the group about some people believing that this Solar Eclipse, happening on August 21st, is a sign from God.


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The House is Done!

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“Let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33

Is Your House Done Yet…?

I’m not sure how many times this question has been asked of my wife and I in the last month, but it is a lot!

Every time someone asks me this question, it makes me think of the laundry list of things I still have to do…here are some things I still need to do: Counter top installation, appliance installation, electrical outlet replacement, trim installation, trim painting, door painting, wall paint touch-up, lower bathroom vanity replacement, kitchen light replacement (x2), caulking in two bathrooms, painting kitchen cabinet doors, resurface two bathroom countertops, build façade wall in basement, and this doesn’t even include the outside…!


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God Won’t Waste Any Opportunity!

Jesus Talk

“While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to 

the message.” Acts 10:44

Everyone needs to hear…Everyone needs to know…Everyone needs Jesus!

Who am I to decide whether or not the next person I come across needs to hear about Jesus? Who am I to judge whether a person will accept the message or not?


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Call 911, He’s Punching Her!

Jesus Talk

“The Lord’s lovingkindness indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.” Lamentations 3:22

The door to the vehicle was open and there was an older middle-aged man repeatedly punching a lady (or so I thought) laying back in the back seat…

My wife and I had the opportunity to go to the Clark County Fair last evening. We were given two free tickets! We loved going to the fair together when we were in high school. There are three things that we both enjoy about the fair. Elephant Ears, Exhibits, and Animals!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t totally prepared when we got there. I had not stopped by the ATM to get cash! So, when I pulled up to park, I quickly realized that I would need to find an ATM. We drove to the closest Fred Meyer; when we started leaving the parking lot I saw the struggle happening in the vehicle. I told Rebecca to call 911 as I got out of the car and yelled, “Hey, knock it off!” The man looked up, quickly moved to the driver’s seat, started the car to race out of the parking lot while the other individual got out of the car.


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Finding Roses on the Door Step

Marriage and Family

Dewater 4

“But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Revelation 2:4

Roses on the door step, times of lighthearted laughter together, many letters sent back and forth…there are things that I did to grow in my love for my wife and things that she did to grow in her love for me.

Today I get to do something I love to do! I get to lead a wedding ceremony for two people that I love. Not only that, but it is by a beautiful lake in Oregon. I love being married and I love helping others get excited about marriage. I also love helping others learn how they can have a joy filled and successful marriage!


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Entering the Ark

Jesus Talk

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season…” 2 Timothy 4:2

     Vacation was Wonderful!

18 states, 5500 miles, 1 Ark, 1 Creation Museum, 5 Hotels, and lots of good food!

     Being Home is Wonderful!

We slept in our house for the first-time last night!

     Talking to people about Jesus is Wonderful!


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