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Cling to Christ

Enough! Enough already!!! That seems to be the cry of people across our country. We are seeing more anxiety as thoughts and conversations seem to turn to the Covid- 19 virus, the 2020 election, fires, droughts, hurricanes, loss of jobs, loneliness,...

 

Be Obedient

Reading 1, Titus 3:1-7 1 Remind them to be obedient to the officials in authority; to be ready to do good at every opportunity; 2 not to go slandering other people but to be peaceable and gentle, and always polite to people of all kinds. 3 There was...

 

God's Immunization Plan

My wife and I recently received our annual fall flu shot and it got me to thinking about how the vaccine and immunization program has played an important role in avoiding many harmful diseases. Let’s consider the vaccination/immunization process...

 

Dont Just Hear, Do

Author James Moore tells the story of a man who died and went to heaven. As he was shown around, he was very impressed with the sights – beautiful gardens full of flowers, and mansions built of marble and gold and precious stones.  It was all so...

 

The Truth

We have probably all heard this joke which some people like to tell with different variations: How do you know when a politician is lying? How do you know when an attorney is lying? How do you know when a used car salesman is lying? How do you know...

 

Answered Prayer

Recently, tens of thousands of Christians gathered in Washington DC to pray for our country. At the same time people all over the country were praying. When reporting on this event on TV, one of the commentators wondered what kind of affect so many...

 

Training for The Call

The sunrises and sunsets are varied shades of red against the tinted clouds, a symptom of the many fires that are or have been burning west of Sidney. Hurricanes have impacted the Gulf of Mexico regio...

 

Make Our Election Sure

It seems like, we are always counting down to something, aren’t we? It’s like we want something new to happen, something exciting, something different, a looking forward to a future day, when the old routine of things will change. We hear this...

 

Peace in the Middle of Turmoil

I write this article on the Anniversary of the Destruction of the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the Plane Crash in a Pennsylvania field. The emotions that go through me even after 19 years are so very real, but my focus has changed from 19 years...

 

Sidney Nazarene Church Hosting Movie 'Priceless' Sept. 20

On Freedom Sunday, Sept. 20, at 3:30, the Church of the Nazarene will be hosting the movie “Priceless” at the Fox Theatre.  Together as a church, we are called to join in the restorative and transformative work of God. That call is for us to...

 

Facing Fear

Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Someone else once said, “The opposite of faith isn’t doubt – the opposite of faith is fear.” It’s true – fear can limit us – defeat us – stop us cold ...

 

Baptism At Bridgeport

This past Sunday I had the privilege of helping baptize eight people at Bridgeport Lake. During the 33 years that I have been a pastor in Sidney, I have been blessed to help baptize over three hundred people at Bridgeport. It is always a wonderful...

 

Peace and a Quiet Mind

As a young girl, I can remember my mom saying, “I have so much to do, I can’t even think!” At the time, that didn’t make much sense to me. However, I can now better understand what she was saying. She was saying she was under a lot of stress...

 

A Year Ago

Imagine for a few moments what your life was like approximately one year ago. Whatever you imagine, never would you have believed that a year later you, along with others, would be where we are today. The world is a different place altogether. We...

 

We All Have a Decision to Make

Some people think hell isn’t gonna be all that bad – especially since all their friends are gonna be there! But here’s the truth of it – hell is eternal darkness and solitude, in eternal flames and agony! Hell is a forever separation from...

 
 By Doug Birky    Community    July 22, 2020

Congratulations To the High School Class of 2020

It finally happened in the heat of this Summer. Our Sidney High School Seniors were able to have their graduation ceremony this past Saturday morning. It was a very unusual ending to a most unusual school year. Hopefully our graduates were...

 

Our One Foundation

Last week, many evenings were spent protecting my plants under the patio because of bad weather warnings. No one likes bad weather, but it is nice that we have warnings to prepare us a little ahead of time. Life is not all sunshine. Neither is it...

 
 By Jim Nichols    Community    July 1, 2020

Should Christians Protest Discrimination and Racism?

“But Pastor, is it okay to protest?” “Did Jesus ever do it? Didn’t He just preach the Gospel and didn’t waste His time doing that kind of thing?” “Don’t you think we should stop wasting our precious time in distractions and just preac...

 

'The Well' Receives a Crew of Helping Hands

Among the residences on the north side of Sidney stands a church building, a building acquired by prayer and private support. A crew of workers from Mississippi recently spent a week at the church...

 
 By Doug Birky    Community    June 10, 2020

Protest With Prayer

Americans are stunned. In the first five months of 2020, not only have we been discouraged by political battles and world-wide pandemic devastation, but most recently we have also been shocked and angered by a racist crime which has resulted in...

 

The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-16 5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4...

 

Are You Busy?

Busy! Busy! Busy! That describes the lifestyle of so many people. We’re busy at work – busy at school – busy at church – busy in the community. And soon we will be busy with all of the holiday events of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Too often...

 

What's Love Got To Do With It

M y wife, Andi, and I have 2 sons and 5 grand-children, with Matrix being the oldest at age 15. When he was around 6 or 7, Matrix would sometimes stay over at our house for the night. One Friday morning Matrix and I walked over to our church to get...

 

God's Love

I would like to start this article by telling EVERYONE GOD LOVES them, He does not like the way we live sometimes but He does love us. We read John 3:16 and hear about it a lot, “GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON, THAT WHOEVER...

 

Are You Ready To Go Fishing?

So, speaking of fishermen, let’s talk about Jonah! God called Jonah to go to that great city of Nineveh to fish for people. You remember the story: God told Jonah to “Go!” and Jonah said, “No!” So, Jonah booked passage on the first boat he...

 

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