Posts from April 2020

Posts from April 2020

From Your Pastor, April 30

Lazarus and Liberalism           “When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.” John 11:43-44         The reason we dislike liberalism so much is that it is not merely a philosophy that majors in…

From Your Pastor, April 29

Joy From An Unlikely Source The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes (Psalm 19:7-8) I doubt there has ever been a person in the…

From Your Pastor, April 28

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5.7-8). What are James’ first words? Be patient. He actually uses the word patience…

From Your Pastor, April 27

In a 1736 journal entry, John Wesley tells a story about an encounter with some Moravian, German Christians during a voyage to America before he became a believer. The Moravians were just beginning a worship service on the ship when a storm struck: In the midst of the psalm wherewith their service began, the sea broke over, split the main-sail in pieces, covered the ship,…

From Your Pastor, April 25

Today’s Time in Light of Tomorrow’s Eternity “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work.” — John 9:4 “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” — Ps. 139:16b Steven Cole, a retired pastor in Arizona, has many good sermons. I often consult him on the passage on…

From Your Pastor, April 24

Purity in a Diluted World Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation (I Peter 2:2) Have you ever thought about how much is watered-down, distorted, or is downright artificial in our society? Much of what you get is no longer pure and contains very little of what it originally had. Our food supply is a good…

From Your Pastor, April 23

“Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement) …” (Acts 4.36) Who was Joseph? According to Luke the apostles really appreciated Joseph because they gave him a nickname. Names and especially nicknames give insight into someone’s character; and the apostles gave Joseph the nickname Barnabas—which means son of…