Thoughts from Pastor Randy…

A Castle Far Away

Jesus Talk

“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;” Hebrews 12:28

I love the thought of Castles!

I am fascinated by Castles! I’ve never been in a castle. I’ve never stood in front of a castle. I’ve never even driven by a Castle. I just love the thought of Castles!


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Dinner, Water & Intimacy!

Marriage and Family

“for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,” Ephesians 5:29

Weeds, Untrimmed Bushes, Brown Grass, Dead Flowers….

That is what my yard looks like… yikes! (For those in Salem, I use that word in honor of Pastor Butler)

I’ve got a lot of work to do on both my front yard and my backyard! Thankfully, it doesn’t all have to be done all at once.


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Gospel Conversations

Jesus Talk

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

I recently listened to a podcast by Thom Rainer that spoke of the effectiveness of churches in reaching people for Christ. The reality of many churches growing is their growth is coming from transfers. Transfer growth is when Christians decide to relocate from one church to another. Though this can be very encouraging for the receiving church, there is no real growth in the Kingdom.


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Awkward Jesus

Jesus Talk

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Does the cross have any significance to you?

Rebecca and I were going to some furniture stores looking for a dining room table. As we were walking up to the second one, an older couple came walking out of the store and I noticed the man had a cross necklace on. The cross seemed a bit bigger than I usually notice on necklaces. I told him that I liked his cross and then asked, “does it have any significance to you?” He replied by saying that his wife buys him cross necklaces. His wife walked up while he was saying that and so I told her I like the cross necklace that she had on as well.


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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

“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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