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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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Forgiveness

By Paul Leavens After speaking about God’s . forgiveness at a small church in Munich in 1947, Corrie ten Boom saw a balding, heavyset man approaching her. She recognized his face immediately.  Ten Boom was imprisoned in Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War “ after the Nazis discovered she and her family were hiding . […]

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Creed Screed: Saved by the Blood of an Overcomer

By Paul Leavens Louis Pasteur’s co-worker in the demonstration of what used to be called the “germ-theory” was Dr. Felix Ruh, a Jewish doctor in Paris. The physician’s granddaughter died of black diphtheria, and Dr. Ruh, vowing that he would find out what killed his granddaughter, locked himself in his laboratory for days. He emerged […]

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