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 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

The fly on the wall

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran March 18, 2009, is by Jeff Dutra, former pastor of Family Life Center.... — Updated 8/10/2022

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

Bridge builders | Worship

This is likely my final contribution to the Worship column for the Beacon. After 25 years of ministry at Mukilteo Foursquare Church, and 18 of those years as the Senior Pastor,... — Updated 8/26/2020

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

Love fills the divide | Worship

Friends, our nation is in trouble. If the coronavirus pandemic wasn't difficult enough for us to deal with, the killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin has made... — Updated 6/10/2020

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

Worship: God's Remedy for the Fear Virus

Well, the coronavirus has struck, and to say that our lives have been disrupted would be an understatement! In order to help control the spread of the virus, people are being asked... — Updated 3/25/2020

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

Moral muscle memory l Worship

I have a lot of activities that I enjoy doing, but by far one of my favorites is golfing. We have one the best golf courses in Snohomish County right here in good ol’ Muk Town... — Updated 8/22/2019


A legendary life l Worship

The snow is melted, the sun is beginning to warm things up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and golf courses all around are getting busier and busier, as golf enthusiasts like many of you and myself are getting out to the... — Updated 3/20/2019


Two hummingbirds and a leafless tree l Worship

One day last week I was sitting at my kitchen table enjoying my morning coffee. It was one of those November mornings where a hot cup of coffee with pumpkin spice flavoring was satisfying not only for how it tastes and for how its... — Updated 11/7/2018 Full story


The power of love l Worship

In addition to being the lead pastor at Mukilteo Foursquare Church, I’m also the lead singer for a Christian rock band called “Stormwalker.” You might be thinking, “Huh? A pastor in a rock band?” Yep! I love preaching... — Updated 8/29/2018


Suicide: there is hope l Worship

In a day and age when we regularly hear about things trending either up or down, the sad reality is that when it comes to suicide, it’s been trending up at an alarming rate in recent years. Suicide has now become a public health... — Updated 6/13/2018


Winning and losing l Worship

With just a few days left, we’re nearing the end of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeonchang, South Korea. There are many things about the Olympics that I love: The national pride of all the athletes for their respective... — Updated 2/21/2018


When frustration invades, choose love

Do you ever find yourself getting into discussions or debates, either in person or on social media, over things like politics, social issues, religion, etc., only to find yourself feeling thoroughly frustrated, or maybe even... — Updated 11/1/2017 Full story


Our right to choose does not make all choices right | Worship

I’m so thankful that we live in a country – here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. – where freedom of choice is a value that we hold dearly. There are many countries in the world where that isn’t the case, and people find themselv... — Updated 6/7/2017 Full story


Love is the most genuine expression of faith | Worship

Most of us have heard many times throughout our lives about how important it is to have faith in Christ, and for those of us who do have faith in Him as the Savior, we know that He calls us to express that faith to others.... — Updated 3/22/2017 Full story

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

God adds color to the changing seasons of our lives | Worship

A few weeks ago, I found myself looking out the window of my office, which looks out toward Chennault Beach Road. As I looked out the window, my eyes caught the leaves on the trees... — Updated 11/2/2016

 By Jeff Dutra    Opinion

Are you feeling forsaken by God? | Worship

Our community here in Mukilteo has experienced a lot of pain in recent weeks. On July 30, three of our young people lost their lives and one was injured in a tragic shooting... — Updated 8/17/2016 Full story


More than just another face in the crowd | Worship

This Sunday is Palm Sunday, a day that has been celebrated around the world since about the third or fourth century. It’s the day that commemorates Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey as people paved the way for His entrance... — Updated 3/16/2016


Mending the wounds of broken relationships | Worship

The following is a rerun of a column that ran on July 8, 2009. -Ed. When it comes to what’s important in life, there is nothing more important that the relationships we have with other people. Whether it be a co-worker, a... — Updated 9/2/2015


A house divided cannot stand | Worship

In today’s day and age it can be really tough to maintain strong family bonds. While some of the greatest and most enjoyable experiences in life happen in the context of family, some of the greatest challenges and heartaches do... — Updated 3/18/2015


Find hidden treasure within life’s trials | Worship

Trials and tribulations, and hardship and adversity are a part of life; some things that we all have to face. As much as we would like it to not be so, it’s reality and it’s never pleasant. How many people do you know who... — Updated 10/29/2014


Life at 2,500 feet above the ground | Worship

Last week was my birthday, and I had an unexpected surprise. A friend of mine sent me a text message, inviting me to go up with him in his airplane that he had recently purchased. Now, I’ve been up in a lot planes before. I’ve... — Updated 8/13/2014


Humidifying your life with life-giving Holy Spirit | Worship

Another winter has nearly come and gone, and once again we’ve lived up to our reputation as the ‘rainy state.’ Although, you may be surprised at this little factoid: Washington isn’t the rainiest state. In fact, it’s not... — Updated 3/13/2014


Dealing with discouragement with God's help

Have you ever experienced extreme hardship that left you feeling so discouraged and so defeated that it squeezes the joy right out of you? Many of us have, and it’s no fun, to say the least! Many times we may even find ourselves... — Updated 9/18/2013


Keep your anger under control

Last week, I had the rare privilege of speaking to a bunch of elementary school-aged kids at Cedar Springs Camp – and I had a blast! As a pastor, I love being able to share messages each week with our congregation, but there’s... — Updated 7/31/2013


Embracing the Rain

I’ve lived in Washington nearly my whole life, but I’ve also traveled to a lot of other states, and I am convinced that Washington is by far one of the most beautiful states to live in. There is so much natural beauty here and... — Updated 3/27/2013 Full story


There’s nothing like a face-to-face connection

With the advent of technology such as email, text messaging, Skype, Facebook, etc., it’s easier now to connect with people more than ever. Modern technology allows us to cross all kinds of physical boundaries to connect with frie... — Updated 9/19/2012


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