Monthly Archive for: ‘November, 2013’

Pastor Portraits: Rev. David Fagrey

I was born in Oakland, CA, in 1962. I was baptized and brought up in the Roman Catholic Church. My parents were divorced in 1974. I grew up not believing the Bible. My philosophy was that there is no heaven or hell, and that when we die, our body turns back to dust, and that’s it. But this philosophy troubled …

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Pastor Portraits: Rev. Wesley Brice

I was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, in 1934. It was after my father had beaten both my brother and my mother and threatened to kill the family that my mother had him arrested. With very little money, in a 1928 Essex, we headed out for California ending up in the San Joaquin Valley, settling first in the city of Modesto. …

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The Incarnate Word

What follows is the apostle John’s Gospel account of the birth of Christ. Although unique, it is not altogether different from the birth narratives in the other Gospels. John’s Gospel begins with the words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn. 1:1). This appears to be a short and …

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Christ, the Lamb of God

“Lamb of God,” what an interesting description of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I have raised lambs in the past and many farmers in our community raise lambs as well. Lambs, although cute, are not typically noted for their courage, their strength, or even for their intelligence. Why would Scripture describe our triumphant Savior as “the Lamb of God”? …

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Christmas—The Light Invading the Darkness

  In my observation, there are two ways people approach Christmas. One group enjoys it, looks forward to it, and loves almost everything about it. The other group thinks of Christmas and breaks out in hives. They stress over the financial strain of buying presents, the perceived necessity of finding that perfect gift, decorating the house, the cooking of a …

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