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BRIAN ELMER

SR. PASTOR
As pastor of Perrysburg Alliance, I want to stay connected to YOU during the week! I want to remind you, encourage you, and challenge you in your faith and ministry. I want to communicate to you what God is saying to me. Some spiritual food to urge you on in Christ!

PRAYER, PRAISE, AND THANKSGIVING

November 20, 2019

Dear Church family, As we approach the fall holiday season, what runs through my mind is “Wow, another year is almost over!” I am sure many of you have thought the same thing! This coming Sunday morning we will take time in the worship service to praise and express thanks to the Lord. It is clearly much easier…

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR PASTOR’S MINDSET

October 31, 2019

Church family, Understanding Your Pastor’s Mindset. You probably read that title and say to yourself, “This ought to be interesting! Do I have enough time to read through this?” All my life I have lived in vocational ministry. My father was a pastor. I am a pastor. Some might say that I lived in a ‘fishbowl’. Some…

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NOT ‘SELF-HELP’ BUT SURRENDER

October 24, 2019

Church family, I came across this video teaching this morning and wanted to share it with you. It is a little over 6 minutes long. It’s worth a listen (definitely, more than once). Why Christians Should Be Cautious About Self-Help Resources   So often we look at Christianity as a ‘means to an end.’ “Here’s what you need to…

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WAIT…THEN MAKE DISCIPLES

October 17, 2019

Church family, Most of us are fully aware of the “Great Commission” passage of scripture found in Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father…

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HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND?

September 19, 2019

“Earlier this week, the California Senate passed a resolution calling upon all Californians—despite religious beliefs—to embrace LGBTQ lifestyles.” As I read this first sentence of an article on the Christian Headlines website, I paused to reflect on what was being said here. What does it mean for me as a Christian? I read through the rest of…

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GETTING OURSELVES ON MISSION

August 29, 2019

Church family, Often the subject “making disciples” comes up in conversations I have with folks. I use the phrase “making disciples” because it summarizes what folks are really talking about. Sometimes these phrases are used: “sharing our faith”, “telling people about Jesus”, “inviting others to church”, etc. Sadly, I believe many Christians have the desire to want…

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THE “NORMAL” LIFE OF EXILES

July 23, 2019

Church family, Over the past couple of months, our Governing Board has read through and discussed a book by Elliot Clark titled Evangelism as Exiles. Clark writes to give biblical insight from 1 Peter concerning what evangelism looks like for children of God, exiles and strangers in this world. Last evening at our monthly meeting,…

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PRAYER – OUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!

July 2, 2019

Church family, I came upon this quote just moments ago. I had not heard it before, but it caused me some reflection.  “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” —Martin Luther A week ago, one of our church members commented to me “This church is definitely…

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THE AWKWARDNESS OF WEAKNESS

June 5, 2019

Church family, If you are honest, there are or have been a variety of things that you are not good at, or struggle with. In our culture we are offered many solutions to cover up or deal with our flaws or weaknesses. Some of these solutions actually help improve a situation and often avoid unnecessary embarrassment. Example: I…

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