Posts from 2020

Posts from 2020

From Your Pastor, July 1

Spotting a Liar “Then the king answered and said, “Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means put him to death; she is his mother (I Kings 3:27).” One of the greatest frustrations of modern times is the lack of trust and integrity that runs throughout society. So many problems go back to this one simple question: who can I trust? In the book of Kings,…

From Your Pastor, June 30

Husbands, Jesus and Wives “Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” — 1 Peter 3.7 How would you describe Peter? Sissy? Effeminate? Soft voice and tender hands? Not hardly. Peter was a M-A-N. Peter was a…

From Your Pastor, June 29

What a Christian is: Part 7 We’ve spent the past several devotions looking at how Jesus teaches us to repent.  As it is the only right way to respond to Jesus, it’s an important subject. Our lives depend on getting repentance right.  But, the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3–12) are more than just a roadmap of our first response to Jesus. They’re also a picture of walking with him.…

From Your Pastor, June 26

Assurance That We Are Not Orphans  On July 1, 1643, the Westminster Assembly convened across the street from Parliament in London. We would normally be studying the faith of that period of history right now in combined summer Sunday School class. Don’t worry, I plan to resume our summer adult Sunday School class for part 3 of that next year. The man who was elected…

From Your Pastor, June 25

Rejecting the WordFor the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4) What I always find intriguing about human nature is our complete and utter…

From Your Pastor, June 24

Claustrophobia of Living for Self & Others When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. — 1 Peter 2.23 What does Peter mean when he says Jesus “…continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly”? Simply put, Peter means that Jesus was so strong that he could be…

From Your Pastor, June 23

What a Christian is: Part 6   We jacked up the car to change the oil. I was about to slide under it to remove the drain plug when my friend stopped me and asked, “Is the jack secure?” I nodded without bothering to check, but he stopped me to say, “Your life depends on it.” He was right. If that’s true about an oil change, it’s far more true about repentance. We have been…

From Your Pastor, June 22

Encouragement from Jesus  There are many great commentators on the Gospel of John. My personal favorite is Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of John by J. C. Ryle. Ryle’s set of Expository Thoughts series devotes approximately one volume to each Gospel. However, when he gets to John’s Gospel, he expands this commentary on that single book to the three volumes. The…