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Pastor John’s View

Pastor John’s View

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Pastor John’s View for December 2019

December 2019 Tales from the Mountain Sunday afternoon we had our regular video chat with our daughter, Jeannette, and family in Fairbanks, AK. Jeannette gave us an early Christmas present informing us they are coming for Christmas this year! YAY! But, then, Valerie and I started to panic; it’s Christmas, it’s going to be crazy busy getting ready for the season here at Lakeview and at Spirit Song, it’s the end of the year and we have reports due, new…
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Pastor John’s View for September 2019

For some of our Lakeview Family, the summer has included travels home for the summer, family visits, vacations to near and far and other adventures. Soon our winter residents will be returning and the pace of life here at Lakeview will pick up again. If you are one of those who have been traveling, I hope you’ve stayed in touch by watching Lakeview Live on Sundays or later watching the worship recording. You can also share the experience if you…

Pastor John’s View for July/August 2019

Tales from the Mountain When our son, Richard, was  in  Boy  Scouts,  his troop had several trips that were their ‘signature’ trips. One of them was the Rainbow Bridge hike. This one was for the older boys and those deemed in the best shape. If you don’t know, Rainbow Bridge is in Southern Utah along the shore of Lake Powell. It’s an amazing sandstone bridge, 234’ high, it truly looks like a rainbow frozen in stone. Today, just about anyone…
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Pastor John’s View – June 2019

Tales from the Mountain I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. ~Psalm 121:1-2 The Message When I learned this Psalm, it became a reminder that the San Francisco Peaks of Northern Arizona (Or just “The Peaks” to Arizonans) are not my source of strength. For many of the native peoples of Arizona, particularly, Hopi, Navajo, Havasupai, and Apache, the mountain is the…
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Tales from the Mountain – May 2019

Pastor John’s View I knew it was going to be a great camp out when we piled out of the cars at Lockwood Springs to see a black bear loping away from the springs. Lockwood Springs was a favorite spot for Boy Scout Troop 33, and I was an assistant senior patrol leader that year. Boy, were we excited at the rare treat to see a bear! Well, everyone but Lyndall Rhodes, that is. He wasn’t even a tenderfoot, but…
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Pastor John’s View for April 2019

Pastor John’s View In February, we spent our Sundays together talking about prayer; why we pray, having a love for prayer, and having a burden to pray for others. For some, prayer comes  very  naturally,  easily flowing into a conversation with God, but for many prayer takes a bit of preparation, work, and planning. If you missed one or more of these messages, they are available in the Archives, along with a large library of other information, videos, and activities.…
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Tales from the Mountain ~ Snow

Finding myself staring at snowflakes falling and realizing I had the breath knocked out when my feet shot out from underneath my body in an effort to skate off at 50 miles an hour while my torso wanted to stroll.
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Pastor John’s View for February

Perhaps I would have learned about prayer from someone else, but June took the time to teach me; thank you June! We prayed about most everything from food to business, family and beyond.
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Pastor John’s View for January

Happy New Year! I hope your Christmas celebrations were filled with joy! I enjoyed the great concerts and music we were blessed with this year at LUMC and wasn’t the Choir Cantata wonderful! We are entering this New Year with anticipation for what God will do through all of us at Lakeview. I am excited that we have some new learning opportunities coming in this first quarter of the year. One of my mentor’s, Pastor Bill Denlinger, encouraged me to…
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Pastor John’s View

From the Peak Tales from the Mountain – Charlie 12,633 feet. That’s the tip of Humphrey’s peak, the highest point in Arizona. Six peaks make up the mountain; Humphreys, Agassiz, Freemont, Abineau, Rees, and Doyle at 11,460 – The San Francisco Peaks. Named in 1629 by Spanish Friars in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. They established a mission at the Hopi village of Oraibi. Jump ahead a few years after other people visited the mountain, and the so-called Second…
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Pastor John’s View for November 2018

Stewardship  – A Way of Life “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.” Proverbs 19:17 This is a season of preparation; Thanksgiving is just ahead of us, we’re nearing the end of the “Christian Year” when Advent begins, and then Christmas is upon us. It is also a season of planning for churches; a time when we ask you to consider your giving for the year…