Union Ridge Church

March 29, 2023

by Reverend Dan on March 29, 2023
Marcus Aurelius was the emperor of Rome from 161 to 180 AD. All-in-all, a pretty good guy. He was the 5th out of five emperors known as “The Five Good Emperors.” (It only took 13 centuries for someone to come up with that out-of-the box moniker.) During the reign of those five gentlemen (called the “Pax Romana” era – the peace of Rome), there...
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March 22, 2023

by Reverend Dan on March 22, 2023
I was channel surfing one recent evening and came across the movie “Forest Gump.” I came in at the scene where Forest was running from the boys in the truck and the braces were coming off his legs...
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March 15, 2023

by Reverend Dan on March 15, 2023
It’s an incredible feeling when you see one of your children find their place in the world. That moment when you know they have figured out God’s purpose for their life (or at least for that...
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March 8, 2023

by Reverend Dan on March 9, 2023
MIDWEEK DEVOTIONAL 3/8/2023 My sermon this coming weekend is entitled, “Are You Good at Being Bad . . . or Just Bad at Being Good?” It’s an interesting question, kind of like the chicken/egg...
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March 1, 2023

by Reverend Dan on March 1, 2023
It’s the little things. The routines and habits that over the years have become second nature. You do them without even thinking about it. Things that are so ingrained in your everyday life that...
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February 15, 2023

by Reverend Dan on February 15, 2023
We had an Evangelism committee meeting at church recently, and on my way all I could think was, “lucky me, another meeting.” But this one . . . it was special. As I’ve mentioned before the...
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February 8, 2023

by Reverend Dan on February 8, 2023
I read recently that America, as a nation, is overweight. I believe I have found the source of the problem and the place to which the issue can be traced. It’s a tiny little community just north...
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February 1, 2023

by Reverend Dan on February 1, 2023
MIDWEEK DEVOTIONAL 2/1/2023 We live in an angry world. (I know, this is not “breaking news” . . . no exclusive scoop or expose of some recently uncovered facts.) Turn on the TV. Read any blog or...
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January 25, 2023

by Reverend Dan on January 26, 2023
MIDWEEK DEVOTIONAL 1/25/2023 I’m frustrated. One of the saddest moments in the life of a pastor – but a thought that crosses every pastor’s mind at some point – is when they decide it’s time to...
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January 18, 2023

by Reverend Dan on January 20, 2023
In the last few weeks, some folks I grew up admiring have passed away. Jeff Beck, the incredibly gifted guitarist for the Yardbirds and The Jeff Beck Group. (The title of one of his songs still...
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January 11, 2023

by Reverend Dan on January 20, 2023
It’s “that” time of year. It gets dark earlier in the evening and therefore the nights seem infinitely longer. (And contrary to popular expression, the days are not shorter – there are still 24...
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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

by Reverend Dan on January 4, 2023
Recently I was on the phone part of the day with the customer service department of an insurance company, and part of the day with a governmental agency. (I think those two places are the 3rd and...
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Thursday, December 15, 2022

by Reverend Dan on December 15, 2022
I love those moments when God catches you off guard and you can feel His presence intensely. When He reminds you that He’s never far away. For pastors, the Christmas season is exhausting and at...
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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

by Reverend Dan on December 7, 2022
There’s been one change in communication during my 25 years of ministry that sticks out more than any other, and it has nothing to do with technology. People have lost the ability, or the...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

by Reverend Dan on November 30, 2022
MID-WEEK DEVOTIONAL 11/30/2022 Last week my jet-setting kids all came home to celebrate Thanksgiving with Sarah and I. Jarrod came in on Monday, Grace and Hannah and William came on Wednesday, and...
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