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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!

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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AN ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR TRUTH

May 29, 2019

Church family, As is the “norm” for me throughout each week, I read various articles online. Yesterday I came upon one that caught my eye – Approach Your Bible Desperately by Matt Smethurst. As a child of God, I am sure you have struggled with Bible reading. Perhaps you find it intimidating, hard to understand, have…

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RETURN AGAIN TO THE LORD

May 1, 2019

Church family, I trust you are having a good week in Christ! In my personal scripture reading, I am currently reading through Nehemiah. I was especially drawn to the content of chapters 8 & 9. In these chapters is recorded the people of Israel being read the Word of God, confessing their sin, and worshiping the Lord.…

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

April 10, 2019

Church family, We are fast approaching the time of year where we remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. For Christians it is a time of thankfulness and praise. Jesus willingly coming to this sinful world, living here with us, giving His life as the payment for our sin is only part of the story. His coming…

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INVEST IN SOMEONE ELSE

March 13, 2019

Church family, Over the years I have enjoyed connecting with other pastors. As within other careers, being with those who ‘do what you do’, it is easy to find common connection – talking points. After all, there are similar experiences that most face within a common career. Over the past few years, I have made the…

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FUTURE THINGS AND MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES

March 6, 2019

Church family, Last Sunday we looked at 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 where Paul informs the believers of what happens to those who die in Christ before Jesus comes again. Paul explains that a Christian who dies before Christ’s return will go on to heaven to be with the Lord. His body will stay on earth and his soul…

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PREACHING AND TEACHING REMINDERS

February 28, 2019

Church family, I trust you are having a good week! Here are a couple of reminders. Both have to do with discipleship. Preaching As we continue in the preaching series through 1 & 2 Thessalonians, this week we will consider the great hope of the church – the coming of Christ! Paul addresses concerns the church had…

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