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Should Pathway Support Illinois' Covid-19 Re-opening Plan?

Last Friday President Trump declared that churches are essential. This exacerbated the growing frustrations with Governor Pritzker's COVID-19 re-opening plan as it relates to the church. Here are the two biggest frustrations I hear: Governor Pritzker does not view the church as an "essential service" and as a result we are not able to meet again in person as a whole chu...

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Video from Pastor Kirt about COVID-19


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I felt fear rising in me

Last Saturday morning I was listening to the radio and all the news was about COVID-19 (a.k.a. Coronavirus). Italy cancelled school for the entire country because of Coronavirus. A cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco was being quarantined because of Coronavirus. The stock market is falling because of Coronavirus, and stores have run out of toilet paper, water and ha...

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What I hope my sons learn from the Super Bowl Halftime Show

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As a follow up to this past Sunday's sermon on not having a hint of sexual impurity or immorality, I encourage you to read this post. What I Hope My Sons Learn from the Super Bowl Halftime Show 6 MINREAD WRITTEN BYALISON PHILLIPS FEB4TH,2020
This guest post was written by Alison Phillips, an adjunct professor at the University of Missour...

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Reflections on Kobe Bryant's Death


Reflections on Kobe Bryant's Death Like the rest of America I was both shocked and saddened to hear the news that Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and 7 other passengers died tragically in a helicopter crash last Sunday afternoon in Calabassas, California. As I listened to the ESPN reporters and guests trying to make sense of it all, one of the themes that emerged was h...

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4 Consequences Of Not Being In Community


We were created for community. And we need to be in healthy community in order to grow and become the people God calls us to be. But when we isolate and pull away from community there are serious consequences. Here are at least four consequences of not being in community: Lost perspective When we live isolated lives we have no outside objective voice to speak into our li...

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Two things about Advent you need to know.

This Sunday we will light our first Advent candle at Pathway. As we prepare for this special season in the church calendar, here's some of the story behind Advent. The exact date when Advent began is impossible to determine. Even though Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th, this date was chosen because the December Solstice is the darkest day of the year in the nort...

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Ask This Question at Your Thanksgiving Gathering

Next Thursday we will gather around tables set with great food to celebrate Thanksgiving. Many of us will find ourselves seated next to people we rarely see or hardly know. In these kind of situations, meaningful conversation is often difficult. Here are some questions designed to spark not only conversation, but also dialogue relevant to the season. I want to encourage ...

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I'm so proud of our church!

That's how I felt this past Sunday as we commissioned five mentors and five prayer partners to serve at-risk kids at Conrad Fischer Elementary School. Over two decades ago, Dr. Virgil Gulker researched a question that led to Kids Hope USA's launch: how can churches have the greatest impact on America's at-risk children? After gathering input from sociologists, law enforc...

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Richard's Story of being made Brand New

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Have you ever wanted to make a brand new start? Watch what God did in this man's life here. I hope you'll come to our Grand Opening this Sunday at 9:00am for Coffee and Donuts and 9:30am for Worship and Pathfinder Kids. Just like Richard, you can make a brand new start!...

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Refreshment needed

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Refreshment a light snack or drink, especially one provided at a public place or event. the giving of fresh mental or physical energy and strength. Now as much as I enjoy the first type of refreshment, what I'm most interested in as a pastor is the second type of refreshment. Here's why. I've been a pastor for 19 years and based on my experiences working with pe...

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Forgiveness vs. Reconciliation - What's the Difference?

Have you ever been confused about the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? Discover the difference in this blog post....

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7 Questions to Ask about the Gray Areas in Your Life

7 Questions to Ask about the Gray Areas in Your Life Do you ever encounter a situation and think: God doesn't seem to be clear about this; how do I determine what is right? Can I have it both ways? Does it really matter what I decide? In God's grace and kindness, there are many areas in our lives where he has given us freedom and discretion. However, he doesn't leave us ...

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Why it's important to celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is an opportunity to remember and further understand the complex history of African Americans in America. It's important to do this in order to better recognize the ongoing implications it has on our present reality. This is by no means an easy task. Yet, as God's church, we are told that we are one body called by the same Spirit to one faith in one Lor...

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Cheerful Giving

What word best describes your giving? In 2 Corinthians 9:6-10 there is one word that describes the kind of giving that God gets fired up about.It says, "God loves a cheerful giver." This meansGod loves it when his people give willingly and gladly. Now in the days and weeks and months ahead I know you and I will be tempted to not be cheerful in our giving. Maybe you'll fa...

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Reciprocal giving

There was a Generosity Campaign in the first century. Among the Christians living in Jerusalem there was a famine that hit and as a result the Christians were in need. So Paul wrote to the churches and told them of the need and invites them to give. One of these was Corinth. Corinth was a wealthy church. And it turns out they were one of the first churches to say they woul...

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Bold prayer #1: Search me

All of us struggle to receive honest feedback about areas we need to change. But what if instead of waiting for those who know us well to give us honest feedback about ways we need to change, what if we went to them and asked them for it? Better yet what if we went to God directly and asked him? That's exactly what happens in Psalm 139:23-24. If we want to become the peop...

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Bold prayer #2: Break me.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, we're starting our generosity campaign called Step Forward Togetherto raise money to see God's vison for building at 580-586 N Michigan St become a reality. This made me think about the first gift we ever received for a building fund. Pathway officially started on Sunday, October 2, 2005. We sent postcards out and invited people to come and had a grea...

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Bold prayer #3: Use me

In the Bible when God called people, not everyone responded the same way. So let's look at three possible ways we can respond to God's call which will then lead us to our third bold prayer. For some, maybe you're like Jonah. Jonah said, "Here I am. I'm not going." Jonah 1:1-3 God called Jonah to go west to Nineveh and serve him, but Jonah ran east and then gets on a ship...

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