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Do You Need to Attend Church?

By Paul Leavens In some Christian circles it’s in vogue to disassociate yourself from the local church.  People boast, “I’m a Christian but I’m not part of the institutional church.” Or, I’m a spiritual person but I’m not into organized religion.”  Some leave the impression they’ve grown beyond the need for regular worship or a sermon in a […]

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My Wife

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. —Philippians 4:8 (NLT) By Paul Leavens We can become consumed by thoughts of bitterness, and focus on the negative. […]

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Creed Screed: Living by Faith

By Paul Leavens  The book of Habakkuk is just three or four pages long in most Bibles, but it contains an eternal truth that served as one of the themes of the New Testament books of Galatians, Ephesians and Hebrews: “The just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4 KJV).  Not much is known about […]

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What Is Your Name?

By Paul Leavens I have been called by many names. When my mother was upset with me she would call me Paul Harrison. I have been called dad, grandpa, PaPa, father, brother, best friend, dear cousin. And a craftsman. Because I like to make things out of wood.  Preacher, pastor, minister and Rev. Also I […]

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Rebuilding on the Bible

Submitted by Paul Leavens Special to the Sun-Gazette A flood was discovered on Tuesday morning in the sanctuary caused by the toilet off of the vestibule overflowing. The water ran down the inclined floor all the way to the pulpit down front and further. Pastor Paul Leavens called Mike Domres, chairman of the board and […]

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Creed Screed: Doing Worship

By Paul Leavens  What is in the middle of church? “U-R.” If “U-R” is not in ch-ch it is incomplete. We cannot have church without “U.” If something is missing maybe it’s because “U-R” not where “U-R” supposed to be.  Open your mind, I am not talking about attending. We say that we attend worship. […]

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Mother’s Day Has a Fascinating History

By Paul Leavens While versions of the holiday existed in the 19th century, the modern Mother’s Day originated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at her church in Grafton, West Virginia. Jarvis’s mother, Ann, was a Civil War peace activist who tirelessly nursed Northern and Southern soldiers. (Ann Jarvis had […]

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