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Just a Thought   2 comments

Today, I am preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving like most folks.  This year, a new question popped into my mind that I thought would be appropriate for everyone to consider: Am I more thankful for the blessings of God than for the God of the blessings?  Maybe instead of asking around the table what blessing each is thankful for we should ask why we are thankful for the blessing Giver. 

Think about it, and please do have a God-blessed Thanksgiving.

In Christian love, Dave

The Family – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Acts 2:42-47, 10/12/8

On a recent trip back home to Ohio something very rare happened.  My Dad was having surgery and my Mother, sister, and I were all in the room with Dad before they took him to the procedure.  I have to admit, I missed the meaning of the moment at that time because I found myself slipping into “pastoral” mode.  You know; asking the family to join hands, leading a heart-felt prayer, and then leaving the room with the family for the surgical waiting lounge.

It didn’t dawn on me until later – when was the last time my family of origin was together like that and actually prayed together?  To this minute, I don’t recall the last time.  But what I found to be a very good point to remember was that we did share this moment.  The feeling of “family” is essential for all of us.

So how does this apply to the church? Read the rest of this entry »

Focus   Leave a comment

The hymn says, “…and the things of earth will grow strangely dim…”

What is your main focus in life?  If it is not drawing nearer to the Lord, let me suggest that you may be missing the mark, even if only by a little. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 14, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Closeness to God, Family, God's Will, Service

Vacation   Leave a comment

 To some, that’s a dirty word.  It becomes a dirty word for those who don’t know how to deal with it properly.  I know.  I used to be that person.

I’m a “Type A” person, meaning if I’m not busy, I’m not happy.  I must constantly be occupied or I simply don’t know how to function.  I used to be the Program Director of our local radio station back in Ohio.  Whenever vacation time came around, I would work feverishly to get as much work done as possible for the time I was going to be gone, and then work all kinds of extra hours after we returned to catch up on whatever I may have missed. Read the rest of this entry »

Showing Those Pearly Whites   Leave a comment

I write this as we prepare for the taking of pictures for our first Church Pictorial Directory.  This is also a first for me as a Pastor.  I’ve been practicing my poses that show kind, gentle friendliness with a dash of holiness and reverence on the side.  So far, all I see in the mirror is simply that fun & silly man that you call Pastor Dave.


I love watching people as they prepare to have their pictures taken.  There is more hairspray used during this time than ever.  Maybe the increased usage of church directories is what’s causing holes to form in the ozone.  People will go all out to make sure that everything is perfect for this moment in the photographer’s presence. Read the rest of this entry »

Real Friends   Leave a comment

Just like you, I can review my life and tell you many stories about many close friendships I have enjoyed.  Childhood friendships are always a good starting point, but then come the relationships developed in school, college, work, church, neighborhoods and more.

There was an unnamed man in the Bible that had some true friends that gave him one of the greatest gifts a man could receive.  The story is told in all three synoptic Gospels.  We don’t know anything about this man’s history other than his current condition – he was paralyzed. Read the rest of this entry »

Commandment #7   Leave a comment

“You shall not commit adultery.”  Exodus 20:14, NIV.

Marital unfaithfulness is devastating.  It destroys the relationships that exist between spouses, between parents and children, between children and children, between extended families, and many time, between friends and even church families.  There seem to be no limits to the destruction that can potentially be caused when one spouse has “relations” outside of the boundaries of marriage.

I have personally seen just how much damage that can be caused by such activities.  The result is the breaking of trust, which is probably one of the most difficult aspects of relationships to repair. Read the rest of this entry »