Bible Study: The Watchman

Paul Revere, A Watchman As historically inaccurate as it may actually be, many of us learned the story of the colonial watchman, Paul Revere and his ride in the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written in the 1800s.  One lesson we can take from this story is how the fate of the farmers rested squarely on […]

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December 13, 2017

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Spiritual Pruning Manifested as Physical Pruning

Pruning According to Wikipedia The definition of “pruning” is a horticultural practice involving the selective removal of parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots.  Reasons to prune plants also include deadwood removal, shaping (by controlling or directing growth), and improving or maintaining health.  Pruning is helpful in reducing risk from falling branches, […]

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Pete Gardiner wins Runner-Up Camper of Year in 1991

Reminiscing Pete Attending the Ohio District youth camps as a teenager provided some amazing memories.  I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything, as they are a highlight of my adolescence.  I met my wife at camp and established lifelong friendships.  Furthermore, at the center of most of these memories were the same group of guys, including; […]

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June 22, 2017

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Rebecca Lee Blanton (Obituary)

Obituary for Rebecca Lee Blanton-Zabonik-Duvall Blanton Rebecca Lee (Duvall) Blanton, age 70, of Grove City, Ohio, went into her eternal peace on May 4, 2017, at her daughter’s home. She was born on January 17, 1947, in Columbus, Ohio. Becky worshipped at Calvary Apostolic Church in Westerville, Ohio. Previously, she worshipped at the Apostolic Church […]

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Out of the Wilderness, A Formula to Overcome

Overcome Sometimes life appears to get the best of us.  We feel beaten down, defeated, and destroyed. There is a Biblical principle for dealing with these trials.  There is hope to overcome the trial. Deuteronomy 8:1–2 (1) All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, […]

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March 17, 2017

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Innocence Lost via Sin

When reading the third chapter of Genesis this morning, I was caught up by a buried golden nugget in verse 11 that every parent needs to hold tight to.  It is a lesson dealing directly with the innocence of their children.  A lesson that has eternal consequences. Adam and Eve had just disobeyed the direct […]

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January 2, 2016

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The Real Christmas Story

Many years ago, fed up by the ultra commercialism the ‘holiday season’ had evolved into, I made the decision that Christmas at the Ferguson’s would first focus on the real meaning of Christmas.  Before anything else, we read the Christmas story from the Bible.  We read of the prophecy and angelic announcement of the birth […]

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