Posts from December 2020

Posts from December 2020

From Your Pastor, December 31

Have A New Year for Knowledge and Kindness “Consider the kindness of God . . .continue in his kindness.”  Romans 11:22 As we wind up a year and lurch into a new one, I want to call you to unite in pursuing two things: growth in knowledge and growth in kindness. Both are practical and both are essential. Many Christians begin each new year with a revived commitment to…

From Your Pastor, December 29

Lasting Change “As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god (Judges 8:33).” Have you ever wondered what mark you will leave behind when you leave this world; what lasting impact you will have in the lives of the people you influenced? Some of us have had the privilege of knowing, if not being directly…

From Your Pastor, December 28

His Steadfast Love God’s love is a comfort, but it is also a mystery. We can truthfully say “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16; that’s what the Sunday morning sermon was all about). But, at the same time we can admit that God’s love is a mystery.  The Old Testament often uses a Hebrew word to talk about God’s love. The word is transliterated “Chesed” and in various passages…

From Your Pastor, December 23

Final Christmas Cards for 2020 Most Christmas cards are more sentimental than biblical. And there’s nothing wrong with a beautiful seasonal card. However, for the last devotional before Christmas in this year, I wanted to invite you to our Christmas Eve services (4:00 and 5:30 PM) and share the cheer below with you from four towering Christian thinkers about the birth of…

From Your Pastor, December 22

The Bi-polar Soul The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’” (Judges 7:2) The bi-polar soul can be found in everyone of us. We all have a tendency to go from one extreme to another: to be overcome one minute with fear and despondency, and…

From Your Pastor, December 21

Peace in Jerusalem Thank God that we are about to put 2020 in the rearview mirror! It has been an unusual year for everyone and an especially hard year for some. Churches all over the world did something that, just last year, many of us would have labeled absurd––they shut their doors and did their best to enjoy worship and fellowship online. That experience may lead us…

From Your Pastor, December 18

Is Laughing Sinful?  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. — Isaiah 53.3 Did Jesus ever laugh? Isaiah said He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Jesus stood at the tomb of his good friend, Lazarus, and “Jesus wept” (John 11.35).…

From Your Pastor, December 17

Christ is God in the flesh: The Heart of the Christmas Salvation “Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not from God.” 1 John 4:2     I have mentioned before how helpful Life in Christ, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ commentary on…

From Your Pastor, December 15

The Right Answer to the Wrong Question And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you? (Judges 6:14).” Have you ever noticed that the “why?” questions we offer God in prayer seem to rarely get answered? We have general truths in Scripture concerning why things happen—the glory…

From Your Pastor, December 14

Tidings of Comfort  If we turn on the radio after Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance of hearing Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree or It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams. There’s also a few passages of Scripture we tend to associate with the season like Isaiah 9 which calls the coming Christ the “Prince of Peace” and promises…
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