Posts from April 2020 (Page 3)

Posts from April 2020 (Page 3)

From Your Pastor, April 14

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’  7 By offering polluted food upon my altar… Malachi 1:6–7 A lot of what we tend to call “life” is on hold. We…

From Your Pastor, April 13

As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” —2 Timothy 4.5  Life becomes very clear when you are about to die. Have you ever spent time with someone right before they died? What do they talk about? They do not typically talk about trivial things like the weather, politics or what’s happening in the news.…

From Your Pastor, April 9

Hymns and Prayers for Maundy Thursday “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering . . . Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted.”  Isaiah 53:3-4 One of the things I’ll miss most this week about not being able to join for corporate…

From Your Pastor, April 8

Confidence in Christ For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what…

From Your Pastor, April 7

“Well done, good and faithful servant” On Sunday morning, we heard a sermon on the parable of the Minas in Luke 19, where the master praised servants who were faithful during while he was away. Some were opposed to the master, others wasted time, but these few remembered their calling.  They remembered when no one was watching and the Lord praised them. “Well done,…

From Your Pastor, April 6

“Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4.15-17). What is James’ major thesis? Man has limited control but the Master is in full control. The only way any human can execute the…

From Your Pastor, April 4

Resurrection: Time, Faith, and Hope  Many friends associate special services during Holy Week with a sentimental holdover from Roman Catholicism. However, even for those who are greater Puritans than me, it can hardly be wrong to read closely the final chapters in the Gospels and focus—at this time or at any time—on the Wondrous Love of Christ. Some of you, at some…

From Your Pastor, April 3

“Doing Nothing Well“ If we were honest, most of us would admit that we don’t enjoy having nothing to do. I’ve spoken to many of you over the last few weeks and I’ve found this to be your struggle as well as mine. Doing nothing is hard work. Psalm 46 is perhaps the most appropriate of all psalms for a quarantined people with little or nothing to do about their…