Posts from May 2020

Posts from May 2020

From Your Pastor, May 29

Some Common Things to Hold  “Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.”1 Thess. 5:20-21   Puritans had an interesting take on “prophesying.” That’s what they called preaching—an exhortation to godly living based on the revealed Word of God. Today, it’s hard to say, without some kind of smile or smirk, that last Sunday morning at the…

From Your Pastor, May 28

Moderation and ContentmentIf you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it (Prov. 25:16).Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind (Eccl. 6:9). Have you ever been so hungry, so anxious to eat your food, that you forgot to taste and enjoy…

From Your Pastor, May 27

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. Song of Solomon 8:7 Solomon said that “love is strong as death…” (Song of Solomon 8.6). Solomon had a lot of insight into love. He had seen various ways in which people loved one another across the known world at the time, and that is why he likens love to something more absolute and firmer than death. Consider…

From Your Pastor, May 26

The Incredibles is a great movie. It’s a good family movie because the kids will enjoy it while adults will appreciate some of its bigger ideas. The film’s villain hates “the supers” and he wants them gone. But, instead of attacking them outright, he finds a way to make everybody super. So that, “when everyone’s super, no one will be.” As childish as it seems in The…

From Your Pastor, May 23

Great is Thy . . . Unfailing Love  In a previous morning devotional, I referred to Ps. 44:26, which concludes by speaking of God’s “unfailing love” that was looked to for deliverance. What a strong concept to meditate and depend on: God’s unfailing love (which, by the way, was the Hebrew word Pastor Harrington referred to in yesterday’s devo). It is his love that…

From Your Pastor, May 22

“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons.”  2 Sam 9:11 One of the most touching accounts in all the Old Testament is found in 2 Samuel 9. It begins with a very odd question from the new king: “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake (v.1)?” What’s most odd is that Saul…

From Your Pastor, May 21

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2.8-9).  What major event took place on September 1, 1159? Give up? Nicholas Breakspear died that day. Who in the world was Nicholas Breakspear? Oh, maybe you don’t recognize him without his titled name: Pope…

From Your Pastor, May 20

What exactly is the soul? Is it something that we possess or something that we are? When I was a kid, I used to be afraid that the soul was something I could lose. I imagined walking around and living my life but with an important, spiritual component somehow missing. But, that’s not what the Bible teaches at all. The soul isn’t an object. The New Testament Greek word for…

From Your Pastor, May 19

A Memory Verse . . . that teaches much more than one thing Many of us have favorite verses that have sustained us through many a danger, toil, and snare. Verses such as Ephesians 2:8-9, if well stored in our minds, teach us that we are not saved by works (lest we boast) but only by God’s grace. That liberating verse teaches many other things as well. Equally, the…

From Your Pastor, May 18

Powerful Words A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.  A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.Proverbs 15:1-2,4 If there’s one quality in our day that so many people…