Letters from Pastor Chuck

Hallelujah from Here Below

Posted by Tyler Schoenberger on

We are manufacturers of perfection, aren't we? If you don't believe me, go ahead and look at your social media page - it's really your highlight reel of "perfection." I think we would all admit that we "aren't perfect," and yet what we put out, both on social media and in our everyday lives...

Holy Saturday Devotion

Posted by Chuck L. Betters on

Yesterday morning I was scrolling through social media, and just like every other Good Friday, one of the very first posts was a meme, “it’s Friday, but Sunday is coming! Yee-haw!” I get it. But it was 5:45 in the morning. Good Friday wasn’t even 6 hours...

Good Friday Devotion

Posted by Chuck L. Betters on

I had major back surgery ten years ago. They cut me through the stomach, fused the vertebrae, and closed me up. My body reacted against the trauma by throwing multiple life-threatening blood clots to my lungs. In other words, the process of recovering from the original wound almost killed...

A New Song

Posted by Chuck L. Betters on

I love the classics. I’ve performed them. They run through my veins. I’ve played four part fugues of Bach. Concertos of Mozart. Sonatas of Beethoven. Etudes of Chopin. I’ve conducted choruses from Handel’s Oratorio, “Messiah,” and have taught singers how to...

Everything comes back to this...

Posted by Chuck L. Betters on

I deliberately keep it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did—Jesus crucified. - 2 Corinthians 2: 2 (The Message) Dear Friends, Maybe it’s true that it takes a three year commitment, or even longer, to a mission, for it to truly take root in the...

More Than A Tag Line

Posted by Chuck L. Betters on

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. -...

Dark Rooms

Posted by Chuck L. Betters on

Photographs are best developed in "dark rooms" since the enemy of developing a photograph is light. Trusting God only when walking on the mountain top, with the sunlight streaming down on your face, gives you an underdeveloped and distorted picture of your faith due to the light...

Overjoyed or underjoyed?

Posted by Chuck L. Betters on

The Apostle Paul wrote to his protégé Timothy, "In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy." ~1 Timothy 2: 8 This past week, I came across an article that unpacked negative aspects of being a pastor...

How can I become Jesus?

Posted by Chuck L. Betters on

Leonard Bernstein, one of the most famous American conductors, once said, "if I don't become Brahms or Tchaikovsky or Stravinsky when I'm conducting their works, then it won't be a great performance."  When you watch Bernstein conduct, and more importantly, when you listen to the...

Politics and religion?!

Posted by Chuck L. Betters on

This Sunday, we will continue our God-Sized Conversations series by exploring another great question that was submitted in various forms multiple times in our survey. We will be exploring the role of the church, and the role of the Christian, as it pertains to conversing with others...

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