"Thank You for Being You" | Doug Dortch

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

We live in a day of dishonesty and deceit. People claim to be one way but then act in ways that are totally opposite. That is why when someone acts in a sincere way, it’s important to acknowledge it and to say thanks. I feel compelled to do that with respect to our church because of our fellowship’s strong response to a recent appeal to provide support to those affected by the recent hurricanes.

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Pastor's Blog | "Pass The Salt, Please"

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

I have never been big on bland foods. I wouldn’t say that spicy stuff is ever my “go to” choice when I sit down for a meal, but I will admit that I do enjoy my food better when it is sprinkled with a dash of salt. I don’t think I’m alone in...

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Pastor's Blog | "Welcoming Change"

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

I have been on record for quite some time about my reluctance to change. Being a person who enjoys routine, I don’t look to shake things up for the sake of change, particularly when I think things are going relatively well. My favorite dictum is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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A New Look

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

Most of us are creatures of habit. While fashion styles may come and go, the vast majority of us prefer to keep things the same.

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Pastor's Blog: Advantage to the Server

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

I began playing tennis as a child when they built two courts adjacent to my house in Chickasaw, where I spent the early childhood years of my life.

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E-news Weekly Pastor's Blog | "This Too Shall Pass"

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

You’d be hard pressed to tell it from the bright and sunny skies we’re enjoying today, but these last two weeks have been extremely difficult for so many who live in coastal regions. As the meteorologists have noted, these days marked the first time in recorded history that two Category Four hurricanes have made landfall on American soil. We can only hope that such history never repeats itself. 

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Enews Weekly Pastor's Blog | Teach Your Children Well | Doug Dortch

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

One of the lessons I had to learn as a parent was that my children wouldn’t simply catch Christian faith like they seemed to catch everything else as they were growing up. I had to be intentional about speaking with them about developing their appreciation for God’s love in Jesus Christ and understanding the importance of embracing it as they were able. Even as a pastor, while I had assumed that growing up in a preacher’s home would be enough, I came to discover that my responsibility as a parent meant engaging them in positive conversations about why faith is important and the difference it makes in life. Fortunately, my children listened and responded, and to this day they are both very much committed to following Jesus. Now that I have grandchildren, I see my responsibility to help them in an even more important way.

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Enews Weekly Pastor's Blog | "The Work That Blesses" | Doug Dortch

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

This weekend is Labor Day weekend, a time when we pause to reflect upon the value of our work.  I always thought it was ironic that we celebrate Labor Day by engaging in acts of leisure.  You might think that such a celebration would involve more work, but in truth we humans work so that we can have more time for things that give us true rest.

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Pastor's Blog: Eclipse Technology

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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Pastor's Blog: When the Teachers Leave the Room

 |  Pastor's Blog |   |  Dr. Doug Dortch

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