Posts from August 2020

Posts from August 2020

From Your Pastor, August 31

Zacchaeus or the Rich Young Ruler? Two stories in the Gospel of Luke appear close to one another. The Rich Young Ruler comes to Jesus in Luke 18:18–27 and asks Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” After he said he’d kept God’s law, Jesus tells him that he still needed to sell his possessions, give them to the poor, and follow him. And we know how that story…

From Your Pastor, August 28

Anxiety Is a Form of Disobedience  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”—Matthew 6.34 Do not worry! Are you kidding me, Jesus? Have you seen the political candidates? Have you seen the economic mess in the U.S.? Jesus, do you really know about the dysfunction in my family and…

From Your Pastor, August 27

Looking for Shepherds “Be shepherds of God’s flock . . . not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”(1 Pet. 5:2a, 3)  In August, our elders, deacons, and pastors gathered for an annual joint meeting to discuss how we serve the Lord together. After a nice dinner, we had a time of study, discussion, and prayer. The primary…

From Your Pastor, August 26

Forgetting to Dress Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number. (Jeremiah 2:32) Have you ever had one of those dreams where you went to work or school with no clothes on? I can tell you from personal experience, it’s more like a nightmare. When I find myself awakening from such dreams—not yet aware of the…

From Your Pastor, August 25

Trouble Praying?  The majority of today’s devotion will come from a guest author. Some of you may be familiar with George Müller, who founded an orphanage and became known for never asking for support, but praying for it instead.  He was a man of great piety.   But, in his autobiography (now published as the Life and Select Works of George Müller by Arthur…

From Your Pastor, August 24

Jesus: Sinless & Tempted?  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written, ‘“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by…

From Your Pastor, August 21

Vital Truths for Living Following the resumption of our in-person worship in May, I launched into Jesus’ Upper Room Discourse in John, chapters 14-16. Leaving aside chapter 17, which is our Lord’s most concentrated example of a recorded prayer, I wanted to highlight for you in a summer mini-series the things that Jesus knew would be absolutely critical for living as a…