Author Archives: Joshua Hawn, First Baptist Church

Unexpected Snow

This is the 27th day of spring, and yet in Park Rapids, it doesn’t feel that way. People who planted flowers and vegetables when the weather was nice last week are now kicking themselves for their naive optimism. Snow when … Continue reading

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Contrast

The long winters make the days that the sun is shining even better. You see smiles everywhere in Park Rapids today because the weather is so nice, and it seems like it has been so long since we have had … Continue reading

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The Enemy

We are facing an enemy more sinister and powerful than Al Qaeda or terrorists. This is an enemy we face every day, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly. It is vital that we know as much as we can about this … Continue reading

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April Fools Day

Yesterday was April Fools Day, a day known for practical jokes. I have always enjoyed harmless practical jokes that are meant to make people laugh, not as an occasion to laugh at others. One of the best April Fools Jokes … Continue reading

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Sacrifices of Thanksgiving

In 1 Peter 2:9, the Bible calls all Christians “a priesthood.” It says: “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you … Continue reading

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Inheritance

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to get a letter saying that I had an unknown rich great-uncle who recently passed, and that I, as the oldest living relative, would be getting his fortune. I can think of … Continue reading

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Reunions

I am thinking about my mother today. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer over twelve years ago, and lived for ten years after that before she could no longer take chemotherapy. Two years ago, my brother and I took Mom … Continue reading

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New Years Resolutions

It is New Years Day, which for many means resolutions. Some people are going to resolve not to eat too much, or to try to diet. Some are going to resolve to be better about helping the poor. Some are … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Christmas is one of the most wonderful and most misunderstood holidays of the year. Amidst all the songs, the Santas, the presents, and the lights is a sometimes carefully obscured true reason for the holiday. Most Christians know the real … Continue reading

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Landmarks

One of reasons that many people come to Park Rapids is the many lakes surrounding our town. Where I came from, there are not many lakes or bodies of water, and so I appreciate having them so abundant in my … Continue reading

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