Posts from November 2020

Posts from November 2020

From Your Pastor, November 30

A Devotional Prayer for the Week after Thanksgiving   Almighty God,Merciful Father, Today, I remember that THANKSGIVING is at the heart of worship. I know that without gratitude of heart, any prayer or praise would be insincere. But, real and true fellowship with you will include a grateful heart. And so I come remembering your abundant kindness and lavish…

From Your Pastor, November 27

OUR PROBLEM “For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.  And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.” — Galatians 1.13-14 What does Paul highlight in these verses? In short, his pride. Before Jesus…

From Your Pastor, November 24

Dishonesty “‘We are honest men; we have never been spies. We are twelve brothers, sons of our father. One is no more, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan (Gen 42:31-32).”  If there’s one divine pattern we see in the life of the patriarch, Jacob, it’s the way God used his lies to humble and discipline him, ultimately for the purposes of…

From Your Pastor, November 23

What we need is the Spirit….  As a pastor, a happy part of my week is Friday morning when I get to pray with Damon Scharff, Midway’s Director of Student Ministry. We typically review schedule questions, discuss prayer needs, then end by asking for the Lord’s help.  There are all kinds of needs. We ask the Lord to grow our students into more maturity; we ask for him…

From Your Pastor, November 20

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?  For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. — Galatians 1.10 What is one of the most powerful forces on the planet? The approval of man. It does not matter if you are seven or seventy, all humans crave…

From Your Pastor, November 19

Life in Christ: Remaining “Dear children, this is the last hour; . . . This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us, but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. . . . But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that…

From Your Pastor, November 17

Genesis 40:23  “Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him (Gen 40:23).” One thing that’s hard to forget is the experience of being forgotten. This could apply to a multitude of situations—job interviews, social events, Church life—but never is it more devastating than when you’re in a desperate situation with no one to help. In Genesis 40,…

From Your Pastor, November 16

It Doesn’t Work Without TRUST “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;believe also in me.” John 14.1    Not long ago, I was reminded about how much children must trust their parents. My son, Eli, is just shy of nine months old. He’s crawling, babbling, and feeding himself. Just about every day he does something new or gets…