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Listen to Jesus, and Fear Not

This is from an online discussion about the current Presidential campaign: “We are witnessing a repetition of history. Will American churches fail - as German churches did - to bear witness to the Kingdom of God amidst political upheaval?” It’s scary to hear...

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Freedom – From Fear

No government can ever guarantee that you or I will have nothing to be afraid of. And as the American Founding Fathers well knew, no government, not even ours, can be trusted with freedom to do just as it wants. The Founders built “checks and balances” into the US...

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God Doing Improv ! – Peter Goodwin Heltzel

A Review of Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation, by Peter Goodwin Heltzel. 2012. Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co. I. OUTSIDER PERSPECTIVE. Resurrection City is substantial and consistently stimulating. Heltzel is an associate professor of theology at New York...

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Friendship With God

What do you think? Is it possible for an ordinary human to develop a personal friendship with God? If such a thing can happen, what do we know about it? From the guidance we get in the New Testament, friendship with God IS: 1. Necessary We are made for cooperation...

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Short Life-Changers

(All from the letter to the Galatians, in the New Testament) WHAT COUNTS?             The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (5:6) USE YOUR FREEDOM:             You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your...

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St Patrick Left a Really Good Example

In March we remember Saint Patrick.  1,600 years ago, as a youth he was kidnapped and sold as a slave to Ireland.  After 6 years he escaped - but he took with him an understanding of and love for the people of Ireland.  He returned as a priest and bishop - a...

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First Baptist Church, Incorporated

[Newsletter Article February 2014] Really!  FBC Hastings is a Nebraska corporation.  That does NOT mean any government has any influence over our beliefs or operations - unless we get way out of line from general community standards and laws.  We will behave...

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What About ANGER?

Anger and love are not opposites. But there clearly is an interactive “complex” in life of love, anger, hate, forgiveness, hope, despair, attentiveness, disregard, etc. And all the words in that list have at least occasional good roles to play. Martin Luther King said...

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Activism, with Prayer and Silence

(This is my review of Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for  a New Generation, by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox. 2013, North Atlantic Books.) I was very pleased with this book.  It is a conversation between a young activist and an old one.  Adam Bucko (late 30’s,...

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Find a Place for the Lord!

THE OLD TEMPLE One time King David in the Bible said, “I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One.” (Psalm 132:4,5) David found a site for and prepared for the building of a temple in...

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If We Turn Our Chairs Around …

In his book The Externally Focused Quest, Pastor Rick Rusaw of Loveland Colorado gives us a new way to think about church. The Best Church For Hastings He says rather than wanting to be “the best church in Hastings” we should bend our efforts toward becoming “the best...

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