Category Archives: Encouragement

Life’s Mountain Trails


Hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness. Continue reading

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Devoted Christians


    The service on Sept 8, 2019 was in honor of Dorothy Jacobs. A long time member of First Baptist Church in Sigourney, Iowa. Dorothy passed away at the age of 97. This message is about four attributes of … Continue reading

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All are not welcome.


It bothers me to see churches advertising “All are welcome.” It simply isn’t true! What about the person looking to disrupt church service? Those seeking to push an ungodly agenda? Someone seeking to harm those gathered to worship? The pedophile … Continue reading

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Discouraged (1 Kings 19)


The world is loud so we may think to do God’s work we must be louder. Continue reading

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Turning 50


The world has changed a lot since 1969. America was far from perfect. The streets were never really safe growing up. We played in them anyway. Something we did have that seems to be getting lost is dialogue. Continue reading

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Good news, maybe…


Right now I do not feel qualified to lead a church. Maybe God was waiting for me to get out of the way so He can lead me. Continue reading

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Born Crippled


We are all born crippled by sin and need the healing touch of Jesus. Continue reading

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Life’s important stuff.


Another friend passed away yesterday. That makes three in the last two months. Each one left behind a grieving family. They all had unfinished business matters along with projects not done. The loss of friends and loved ones can remind … Continue reading

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1810 Emerson House (a review)


1810 Emerson House is owned and operated by Beth and Tony Bonasera of Beloit, Wisconsin. Beth is a quiet, petite, caring lady that truly thinks about the well-being of others. Tony is an extrovert with a huge heart, Sicilian heritage, a cheerful smile, and a love for cooking. Together this married team live out their gift of hospitality whole heartedly. After a stay at their bed and breakfast it is easy to leave feeling like you made new friends. Continue reading

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The Lord versus Baal


This is the Audio of a sermon preached at Vining Christian Fellowship on January 27, 2019. This sermon is from 1 Kings 18:20-46. Rev. Burt Schwab

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