Posts from September 2020

Posts from September 2020

From Your Pastor, September 29

Illusions that Ensnare “They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.” (Daniel 5:4).  There’s an old question people often ask themselves, “If you knew this was your last night on earth, what would you do?” King Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, is actually confronted with this very issue in our passage—only he’s not aware of…

From Your Pastor, September 28

Back to the Upper Room Just before his death, Jesus met with his disciples and told them the things that they most needed while he was away. Everything he said was needful for them. It’s needful for us. Christians should never be too far away from the upper room. Early that night, just after he had washed his disciples feet and Judas had left to betray him, Jesus said:  …

From Your Pastor, September 26

Saturday Devotionals – Election Sermons Now that the fall has begun and it’s an election year, a summary of some past sermons might help all of us think about and focus on politics and elections. All the sermons in this series are non-partisan—actually, pre-partisan—so enjoy some biblical meditations. For this weekend, I hope you enjoy the summary of the following…

From Your Pastor, September 25

Trust Him  “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”  — 1 Peter 4.19 “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7.14). The easy way is not always the eternal way. According to Peter, we don’t trust God when we are on vacation.…

From Your Pastor, September 24

Psalm 106 and Numbers “They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods; they provoked the Lord to anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them. But Phineas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked. This was credited to him as righteousness for endless generations to come.”  Ps. 106:28-31 …

From Your Pastor, September 22

Wisdom“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.” (James 3:13) I once heard a quote that has always stuck with me concerning basic Christian living. “Our problem is not what we don’t know; it’s what we already know and are not appropriating.” This is good news in the information, fad-driven culture we…

From Your Pastor, September 21

Boasting & Praise  In the course of the Psalm 52, David meditates on boasting and praise. The evil man boasts in riches, but he praises the Lord. David sets up a contrast that is helpful to see. Both David and his enemy “boast” in this Psalm. The wicked boasts in evil, but David trusts in the Lord.  The psalm begins with a reflection on boasting in evil. This man…