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Cory Swinderman

Don’t Change My ‘Welkin Rings’

By Pastor Cory Swinderman Charles Wesley was a prolific hymn writer. He penned over 6,000 hymns in a span of 53 years. You’ve probably heard his best-known hymn, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, many times in the past month. During Wesley’s life, people would often use his hymns in their own books. Sometimes they would…

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May They Be Brought To Complete Unity

By Cory Swinderman It was the night before Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins. He spent those last few hours praying for himself, for his disciples, and for us. In the section of his prayer directed towards us, he prayed: “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world…

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An Emulsifier for Enmity

By Pastor Cory Swinderman Some people are like oil and water. They do not mix. They do not want to mix. In their past, there lies a betrayal, a slight, or a hurt that has fractured relationship. They become divided in our divided world. The Bible tells us that enmity is to blame. Enmity is…

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Living with regrets

By Pastor Cory Swinderman Last night, our family went to see the movie, Lightyear, at the Paris Theater. (It is hard to believe that the Toy Story franchise is still going 27 years later.) Without giving away too many movie details, one of the main themes in the movie is regret. When you let others…

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The Difference Between Worry and Prayer

By Pastor Cory Swinderman Tony Evans tells the story about a man who was late for his flight. He sprinted through the airport terminal huffing and puffing and perspiring. As he passed a man in a pilot’s uniform, the pilot called out, “why are you in a hurry?” The breathless man shouted, “I’m late for…

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Old Cassette Tapes

By Cory Swinderman A few years ago, my Grandfather (known to me as “Papap”) passed away. He was a World War II veteran and a Nazarene Pastor for 40 years. After his death, I inherited his collection of his preached sermons (now 30 years old), preserved on old cassette tapes. A couple of weeks ago,…

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Too Busy To Hear

By Pastor Cory Swinderman, Chrisman Church of the Nazarene Perhaps you too have been there. Someone is talking to you, but they do not have your full attention. Your mind is on a project, a problem, or a situation far away. You believe you are “multitasking,” but you aren’t doing a very good job of…

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Chrisman Nazarene Church heads drive

The tornados on December 7th ravished the Midwest, but most of the damage occurred in Southern Illinois and Kentucky. A total of seventy-seven lives were lost in Mayfield, Kentucky. Donations have been received from all around the states to show their support. On Tuesday, December 14th, Chrisman Church of the Nazarene Pastor Cory Swinderman received…

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‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’

When I was growing up, my family would occasionally drive across the state line into Pennsylvania. I used to be intrigued by a road sign pointing the way to Bethlehem. It seemed special in my young mind to imagine living so close to such an important place. Full disclosure: The sign was actually for Bethlehem,…

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We need one another

It was the fourth quarter, and my middle school basketball team was winning big. We had a good team that year. This had very little to do with me. I sat on the bench, except when we were winning big in the fourth quarter. I emerged from my normal location on the bench to play…

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