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Pastor's Corner List

Welcome to Pastor's Corner. This is pastor Kirby's sometimes regular, and sometimes not-so-regular blog. Here you will find devotionals, meditations, musings, and sometimes rants, from Pastor Kirby.

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    Thriving In The Midst of the Storm  09/10/2017

    As I write this short devotion, Hurricane Irma is bearing down (or up as the case may be) upon Florida with a potential fury that has not been experienced here in over a decade.  And as you know, it just so happens the storm will hit Fort Lauderdale at about the same time we would be gathering for worship Sunday morning.  Since that worship service will not be possible, (all services have been cancelled because of the storm) I wanted to provide you with this short devotion to read on Sunday morning as you do your own devotions.  I pray that the lesson Jesus has for us will bring comfort and conviction even in the midst of the storm. read more...


    Help For Your Prayer Life  07/08/2016

    Distractions of thought haunt us in prayer.  We are set to seek God, but it is impossible to shut the windows to keep out all of the wind.  If distractions are resisted, God will gather up the broken fragments of our prayers in mercy and answer us. Our thoughts stray in and out like a spaniel that runs up and down, and then returns to his master.  What causes these vain thoughts in our prayers? read more...


    Let the Cross Speak!  03/22/2016

    In 1 Corinthians 1, Paul emphasizes the centrality of the cross – a concept vital to his personal ministry and preaching, and equally critical to the function and purpose of the church. To Paul, the message of the cross is simple and straightforward, bold and true. Like the beauty of the Gospel, men’s efforts to enhance or diminish this message do nothing but empty the cross of its power.


    But what exactly is the message of “the cross”? What would the cross say if it could speak? read more...


    New Directions for Fall 2012  10/03/2012

    Kaye and I had a wonderful time away, both here in the States and in Haiti and we thank you for your prayers.  (I'm still trying to convince Kaye to look at Haiti as an exotic vacation spot, but I'm not sure she is buying it!)  But we are both excited to be back at work and are looking forward to the many events planned in the weeks and months ahead.

    There are a couple of new directions ramping up soon at New Hope that I want to make sure you are aware of. read more...


    My Father's Valley  04/16/2012

    I had an unusual but delightful experience this weekend-- I had a nice long chat with my father. Granted, for many people, this wouldn't be so unusual. But considering my father has been dead for almost 10 years, it was something quite extraordinary! Before you start to worry about my sanity, let me explain. Among other things, my father was a writer, and I read one of his books this weekend that for some reason I had never read before. I have dozens of copies on my library shelf and I've looked at them for over 20 years, fully convinced I had read the book shortly after it was published. But it wasn't until I had a few extra moments this weekend to relax and "reread" the book that I discovered I had never actually read it in the first place! It was like having a fresh conversation with this man I dearly loved-- but have not been able to hear from in quite some time. read more...