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A Clear Vision

2022-11-08T16:42:31+00:00November 7th, 2022|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  Having a clear vision is essential for progress—especially through difficult times. Imagine how difficult it would be to walk if your eyesight was poor, if it was dark in the room, or if you had your head down. It’s not difficult to imagine, because I have stubbed my toe in

I Hope So

2022-10-12T03:33:01+00:00October 12th, 2022|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  A self-made millionaire, Eugene Lang greatly changed the lives of a sixth-grade class in East Harlem, New York. Mr. Lang had been asked to speak to a class of 59 sixth graders. What could he say to inspire these students, most of whom would drop out of school? He wondered

Small Beginnings

2022-09-08T02:59:43+00:00September 8th, 2022|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole  I am encouraged as I reflect on how far my relationship with the Lord has grown. I have come a long way from when I went to church meetings, Sunday School, kids’ club and camp as a boy. All this from small beginnings! The Lord’s influence in my life certainly

The Joy of Serving

2022-08-14T12:45:35+00:00August 14th, 2022|Allan Pole|

–by Allan Pole“I did all that for him, and he didn’t even say thank you!” I know people who raise children, serve in the church, volunteer in the community and serve others with little or no recognition. These are heroes amongst us who have discovered the joy of serving. How often have we complained about

Let’s Work Together

2022-07-20T00:56:06+00:00July 13th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 Lifeway research summarizes 7 Encouraging Trends of Global Christianity in 2022 as follows:   1. Religious faith is growing faster than the irreligious. 2. Christianity continues to grow. 3. Growth is fastest in the global South (especially Africa and Asia). 4. Christianity continues to spread out. 5. The percentage of non-Christians who know

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There is No Place Like Home

2022-06-07T04:43:45+00:00June 4th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 I enjoy travelling. I have discovered, however, that it is good to go away, and it is good to come home. Restaurant food can be good, but it can all taste the same after a while. I have recognized that there is no bed quite like my own. Yes, travelling is fun, but

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How to Build Bridges

2022-04-14T02:07:21+00:00April 9th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 It is always interesting to observe people’s reactions when they learn that I am a pastor. While these responses might be more exaggerated because I am a “man of the cloth,” every disciple of Christ tends to elicit different reactions when we reveal our relationship with Jesus to others. How do we deal

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Connections

2022-04-14T02:12:45+00:00March 15th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 Here is the link to: How to Build Bridges There was a time of great stress and change for Israel more than 1,000 years before Christ. King Saul had died, and David ruled over the tribe of Judah from Hebron for seven and a half years. Then the other tribes decided to reunite

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First Love

2022-02-05T17:49:54+00:00February 5th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 A man bought a new hunting dog. Eager to see how it would perform, he took it out one day hoping to track down big game. No sooner had they gone into the woods when the animal picked up the trail of a bear, with the hunter following close behind. Suddenly, the dog stopped, sniffed

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Inner Strength

2022-01-18T15:42:42+00:00January 10th, 2022|Allan Pole|

 Are you facing overwhelming adversity? How can you tap into God’s strength amid such challenges? Let’s turn back the pages of time to more than 1,000 years before Christ. King Saul of Israel was on the brink of disaster. He had chased the young warrior, David (whom he felt threatened by), out of

Good News

2021-12-11T17:27:49+00:00December 11th, 2021|Allan Pole|

 Most Christians today probably can’t imagine Christmas on any other day than December 25th, but it wasn’t always that way. In fact, for the first three centuries of Christianity’s existence, Jesus Christ’s birth wasn’t celebrated at all. The first official mention of December 25th, as a holiday honouring Jesus’ birthday, appears in an

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Heavenly Glue

2021-11-09T17:43:53+00:00November 6th, 2021|Allan Pole|

 What are the vital ingredients in a strong, loving relationship? What makes strong homes, friendships, churches and communities? The Apostle Paul provides the answer in Romans 12:10: “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honour one another above yourselves.” –NIV A strong community is marked by devotion. One study of 3,000 strong

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Thanks Be to God!

2021-10-11T16:46:37+00:00October 11th, 2021|Allan Pole|

 In a world filled with frustration and division, it helps to step back and think about the God of the universe and His generous gifts. Thanks be to God for what He has given. The Apostle Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 9:12-15 of how the Lord has given us His indescribable gift.

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The Road to Glory

2021-09-06T17:03:20+00:00September 6th, 2021|Allan Pole|

 At one time or another, many of us have dreamed of a glorious and glamorous life as an athlete, actor or actress, entertainer, businessperson or politician. Okay, maybe not a politician. Jesus points to a different road leading to glory in John 13:1-17. Would you please take a few minutes to read this

Touch the Heart of Jesus

2021-08-01T15:42:55+00:00August 1st, 2021|Allan Pole|

 If you could have dinner with Jesus and some other guests, wouldn’t you be curious to know who makes an impression on Him, who touches His heart? Let’s join such a dinner in John 12:1-8. Would you please take a couple of minutes to read this passage? 2,000 years ago in Palestine, a

Too Busy!

2021-07-02T17:13:20+00:00July 2nd, 2021|Allan Pole|

 I have a confession to make…there are times when I get too busy. However, I take heart from the Gospel of Luke 2:41-52. Would you please take a couple of minutes to read this passage about the boy Jesus at the temple?Let’s talk about Luke 2:41-44a. The road to restoration has a sign marked “Distracted”.After

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A Real Man

2021-06-01T03:55:38+00:00May 29th, 2021|Allan Pole|

 I see a picture of the kind of man I want to be in Luke 6:17-26. Would you please take a few moments to read this passage?  A man who is measured by God as head and shoulders above the crowd is attractive.  A large crowd gathered with Jesus on the mountainside in

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Jesus’ Definition of Motherhood

2021-05-04T23:03:52+00:00May 1st, 2021|Allan Pole|

 Mother’s Day Origin—Sermon Notes Central “Did you know that the idea for Mother's Day was born in a small Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia? It was 1876 and the United States still mourned the Civil War dead. While teaching a Memorial Day lesson, Mrs. Anna Reeves Jarvis thought of mothers who had lost

United with Christ

2021-04-01T02:10:52+00:00April 1st, 2021|Allan Pole|

 Footprint on a Beach on Ruegen How smart is your right foot? This will boggle your mind and you’ll keep trying it, at least a few times, to see if you can outsmart your foot—but you can't! While sitting down, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles with

A New Beginning

2021-03-09T23:19:24+00:00March 9th, 2021|Allan Pole|

 What do we do with sin? How do we treat the sinner? We might try to stay away from people who would defile us, or we might try to blend in—neither ditch is the road we are called to travel.  God’s heart toward sin and the sinner is demonstrated in John 8:1-11. Would you

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