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Why Should Rockland Care about Galatians?

The Apostle Paul wasn't writing to us. Or was he? When Paul was writing one of his letters (in this case, Galatians) who did he have in mind? Was he only thinking of the immediate receivers of the letter? Was he thinking about the entire early church? Was he thinking about us here in Rockland in 2017? Did he know that his letter would last this long? As recently as a few...

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Sometimes I ramble...

Three kids bragging about their fathers: First: "My dad’s so smart he can talk for one hour on any subject."Second: "My dad’s so smart he can talk for two hours on any subject."Third: "My dad’s so smart he can talk for three hours and doesn’t even need a subject." Does that sound like anyone you know? (Don't email me.) There are some people who te...

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A Fork in the Road

Yogi Berra was a hall-of-fame catcher and former manager for the New York Yankees, but probably best known for his pithy, confusing, and humorous quotes. Some of my favorites: -"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore."-"Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical."-"You can observe a lot just by watching."-"Always go to other people's funerals. Otherwise, they won't c...

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Prayer Request and Challenge for Rockland

Ed Lange has been a dear friend to me for this season that we have been serving together, and has been such a true friend and pastor to so many of you for so many years. Recently, I convinced him to put together the following update to send to the congregation concerning some information he has gotten regarding his health. Good Day Rockland! Since early Fall, I have been...

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Special Video Announcement!

Click Here for the video!   I am grieved when I hear of churches, Christians, and pastors that swap the gospel of Christ for something it is not. Paul felt the same grief as he watched the church in Galatia lose their anchor in the sure gospel of Christ, hence the reason for the letter. (See, for example, Galatians 1:6-10) I am so glad to have served at churches th...

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Because of YOU

Paul says an odd, yet wonderful thing in Galatians 1:24 in reference to some church attenders in Judea whom he had never met face-to-face. Though they had never seen him, they sure knew about him! They said, "He who used to persecute the faith is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy" (Gal 1:23). Picture that: The one who would have previously given his life to...

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New Years Resolutions

Join us this week as we kick off a new series in Galatians! Good news: If you want to change your life for the better, simply make New Years resolutions. Those are always a sure thing. (OK, not really.) We joke about how we make resolutions and they never stick, but do you know that some people make them and they actually work? What is the secret to having a goal fulfil...

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Merry Christmas, Rockland

Infant holy, infant lowlyFor His bed a cattle stallOxen lowing, little knowingChrist, the babe is Lord of all.Swift are winging, angels singingNoels ringing, tidings bringingChrist, the babe is Lord of all. Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping,Vigil till the morning newSaw the glory, heard the storyTidings of a gospel true.Thus rejoicing, free from sorrowPraises voicin...

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The LOVE of Christmas (part 2)

When you think of "love" what do you think of? A romantic date? A parent's deep abiding affection for their child? A mushy movie? A thoughtful card? What about in a spiritual context? How often do we think about love in the context of our spiritual lives? My guess is that you are like me and need to fight the temptation 'graduate' from meditating on the love of God. We h...

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