Keith Pate

Character Building

Someone once said God is more concerned with our “character” than our “comfort.”  For most American Christians unfortunately, we seem more obsessed with comfort than character building.  I find myself guilty far more often than I would like to admit. Romans 5:3-5 reminds us… “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and …

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Linger at the Cross

Although in many ways it doesn’t seem like it, we are beginning the first day of Holy Week. Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday remembering Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Today begins the final week of Jesus’ ministry: the last supper with His disciples, His arrest, mock trial, beating and ultimate crucifixion. Then on Easter Sunday …

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2 Corinthians 4:16-18 English Standard Version (ESV) 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self[a] is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to …

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Christ Has Come!

This Advent season we are called to reflect upon what Christmas is all about. What trappings characterize this most busy of seasons? Is it tinsel and holly, cedar and pine, Santa and children, mistletoe and jingle bells, family and parties or something deeper; something richer and more satisfying? I hope the presentation of “Celebrate the …

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FOLLOWING GOD…

And He (Jesus) said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Luke 9:23. (ESV) In today’s world, denying ourselves anything is not a popular tenant. Yet in Scripture, it is the cornerstone of a faith filled disciple of Christ. The type “followship” Jesus …

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