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1610, 2018

Great Awakenings Fall Newsletter – September 2018

In the spring of 1997 I was pastoring the Osawatomie Wesleyan Church in Osawatomie, Kansas, just 30 minutes outside the suburbs of Kansas City. One day I received a call from Pastor Dave Redmond. He was a friend and prayerfully contacted me to ask if I would be interested in coming on his staff to be the Assistant and Youth Pastor at the church he led. We set a time when I would come and interview with the church leadership and see the town. When the day came, I climbed in my little red Toyota Corolla and headed west. As I drove along I-70 I saw exit 313 to Manhattan, so I turned off and drove north a few miles on Highway 177 until I reached the city. It was a beautiful town, but I was just passing through on my way to Clay Center. I continued north out of Manhattan driving on Highway 24. As the miles passed I started to become concerned. All I could see were sprawling fields of crop land and pastures for cattle that sat underneath wide-open skies. I also saw old farm houses and new homes that dotted the landscape. In nearly 30 minutes I passed through only one tiny town that did not even have a stop light. As I drove on I remember saying to myself, “Where is this place? It’s out in the middle of nowhere.” Soon, in the distance I saw something that looked like a water tower. I thought, “Ah, the sign of a town!”. . .(Click on the thumbnail picture to read the full newsletter as it shares the vision for rural ministry and upcoming ministry activities this fall and winter.)

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HOPE FOR TODAY

412, 2018

Sin. The Reason for The Season – Column

We often hear the saying around Christmas, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” In Clint Decker’s December columnhe has a little twist on that. Sin is the reason for the season. Why was Jesus born anyway? Why did He come from heaven? Read Clint’s column and discover a new perspective on Christmas.”(Click on the picture to read the full column).

611, 2018

The Deep Meaning of Thankfulness – Column

November is Thanksgiving month, it’s just a couple weeks away. When people talk about thankfulness it seems to be always dealt with in self-help, motivational or Christian bumper sticker ways. There is a depth to thankfulness that is rich and meaningful. Read Clint Decker’s November column to learn about “The Deep Meaning of Thankfulness.”(Click on the picture to read the full column).

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