God is Our Rock

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The Believer’s Foundation & Fortress The enduring legacy of lighthouses This week’s message was filmed at the picturesque Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine—one of the most frequently visited attractions along the Maine coast, with about 100,000 visitors each year. The name “Pemaquid” is said to have had its origins in an Abenaki Indian word…

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Ecclesiastes Part 8 – Wisdom From Winter

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Ecclesiastes series conclusion Getting ready for winter This week’s message was taped at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. These waves have been crashing ashore since long before we came on the scene, and they will continue doing so long after we are gone. I’ve chosen this setting for our final message from the book…

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Ecclesiastes Part 7 – Who Is God & What Does It Matter?

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Taking in the long view We taped this message from the water’s edge at Otter Cove in Acadia National Park. You can see for miles from this place, as the Atlantic Ocean facing East stretches more than three thousand miles before you reach the shore of Bordeaux in the South of France. With this kind…

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Following Jesus Whoever Got Elected

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What’s the darkest place you’ve been? What’s the darkest place you’ve ever been? And I mean literally in the dark. For me, it was during fire department training. One day we were instructed to suit up—full coat, boots, helmet and Scott pack, the self-contained breathing apparatus. We were led to a house structure, they ushered…

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Ecclesiastes Part 6 – Lighten Up And Live!

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Finding happiness every day Gems hiding in plain sight Kevin Kinnard was about to call it a day when he paused to ask state workers to take a look at the small rocks he had picked up in the park that afternoon. An employee went through his bag and set aside a marble-sized rock that…

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Ecclesiastes Part 5 – Awesome Worship

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Kids provide the best stories! Seven-year-old Matthew has always been eager to try new foods. So one dinner his grandma served roast beef accompanied by an unfamiliar side dish. Curious, Matthew asked what it was. “Horseradish,” she replied. Everyone around the table cautioned Matthew about what horseradish is like. But he ignored them, piled some…

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Eccelsiastes Part 4 – Getting Past Cynicism

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Ecclesiastes 3:16-22 Riptide Rescue I was swimming in the Atlantic one hot summer day as a teenager, when I suddenly realized I was farther from shore than I ever had been. Only one other swimmer was near me. Everyone else was a considerable distance in toward the beach. No worries. I started stroking toward shore…

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Ecclesiastes Part 3 – The Truth About Success

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Brutal honesty about making it in the real world Welcome from the beauty of Turkey Run State Park in Marshall, Indiana. It’s good for the soul to get outside and away from the computer or smartphone. Can I get an Amen! But we don’t always fully enjoy the moment in places like this, as shown…

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It’s Time! – Peace During a Pandemic

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Sept.13, 2020 – Peace Amidst A Pandemic It’s possible! What’s in your backpack? I was in the Fishers YMCA a while back when, in the Wellness Center, there was a guy climbing the stair master with a fully loaded expedition pack strapped to his back. I asked him about it. Turns out he was training…

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It’s Time! – Planning In a Pandemic

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The old way doesn’t cut it anymore The long freight train of COVID-19 Have you ever had a freight train throw a wrench in your schedule?  You’re already running late as you’re driving toward a crossing, when just before you get there, the lights start flashing and the bell starts clanging. You hit the brakes,…

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