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Helpful, Biblical articles written by Pastor Pete Folger and Pastor Emeritus Kevin Folger

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The People is One

October 10, 2019

“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” – Genesis 11:6 Recently, while reading God’s Word, I was intrigued by the sequence of events surrounding the building of…

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A Word to Shepherds

May 31, 2019

It’s amazing how God’s Word ministers to us in our daily lives. In my own personal Bible reading I currently find myself in the book of Ezekiel. This book can be a little difficult to navigate, but God has taught me things each day. Today was no different. As many of you are aware, in…

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Reflections on Christmas

December 24, 2018

This year I celebrate my sixty-first Christmas. As time has progressed, I can see that my attitude toward this special day has changed. I suppose that is natural for any person as he grows older—his perspective on things change. Allow me to reflect on the last sixty years of Christmas in my life. I grew…

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The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving

November 22, 2018

“O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his…

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An Upside Down World

September 25, 2018

As Christians living in 2018, it sure seems that things are being turned upside down. What I mean by that is the things that used to be looked upon as right and normal are now looked upon as being wrong, out of step, and not at all normal. Political correctness and the ability to think…

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My Final Lap as Pastor

June 20, 2018

On Sunday evening, May 26, 2018, I announced to our church that I had finished my fortieth year of ministry. All those years of ministry have been here at Cleveland Baptist Church. That night I also shared with the congregation something that I had spoken to our deacons about a couple of months prior. I…

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Proud to Be an Independent Baptist!

May 25, 2018

Last month I attended the Ohio Independent Baptist Preacher’s Fellowship in Delaware, Ohio. I had the privilege of being one of the preachers at this meeting. It was attended by approximately ninety preachers or full-time ministry workers from across Ohio, as well as few from Kentucky. In addition, there were another 150 or so lay…

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Reflecting on Life

December 22, 2017

On November 26, 2017, I turned 60 years old which means I completed six decades of life and now embark on my seventh. In Ecclesiastes 12:1, we are told to “remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” I am thankful that for 54 of my 60 years, I have been a born-again…

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The Importance of Spending Time with God

October 3, 2017

If I asked you a question about your own devotional life, would you be uncomfortable? Some Christians spend little—if any—time with the Lord on a daily basis. There are those that think that if they read The Daily Bread or a verse or two out of the Bible and then perhaps whisper a short prayer,…

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Things I Learned in Africa

May 3, 2017

The beginning of April I returned from my most recent missions’ trip to the continent of Africa. While on this twelve day trip, I was able to visit three different countries and preach numerous times. While this wasn’t my first trip to this great continent, it was one that profoundly impacted me. Allow me to…

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Inflexible or Flexible

March 15, 2017

I have learned in the ministry that things are always changing. Transition, change and flexibility are good words for the church. Let me be clear. I am not talking about changing ministry philosophy. Nor am I talking about changing doctrine, standards, or music. I am not changing the name of the church to make it…

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Ready

January 20, 2017

For many years I have selected a theme that our church will focus on and strive for during the current year. On Sunday, January 8, I shared this year’s theme with the church family. Last July, as I was preparing for our annual pastoral staff calendar planning meeting, I sensed the Lord nudging me toward…

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