Posts from January 2021

Posts from January 2021

From Your Pastor, January 29

I’d Like to Make a Motion And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” — Matthew…

From Your Pastor, January 28

Are You Certain? “I write these things . . . so that you may know that you have eternal life.”(1 John 5:13)  We’ve recently finished our study of 1 John. In one of the latter sermons, I quickly reeled off a series of verses that indicated how much and how often that short book of only five chapters spoke of how Christians can know for certain. In a world that…

From Your Pastor, January 26

Fanatics and Egomaniacs  You need not tell me that the end of Judges 11 is not exactly devotional material. I am fully aware. In fact, I debated skipping it because of the shocking, gruesome display of Jephthah’s “faith”. While I’ll only touch on it, he displays one quality that serves as an ongoing reminder that the character of the leader is essential. In 11:29-31,…

From Your Pastor, January 25

Daleth (Part 4)  “Sin is no trifle to a child of God. It is his heaviest sorrow… And where is the believer who has not fully sympathy with [this] complaint?”1 That’s the opening line of Charles Bridge’s exposition of these verses.  The self-searching, soul-rending meditation of Psalm 119 turns to the sins of the psalmists’ own heart. There is a lot we…

From Your Pastor, January 22

People Matter Brothers, pray for us.1 Thessalonians 5.25 In the gospel according to Matthew, the Pharisees—those navy seals of religion—were always fond of approaching Jesus with hard questions. They wanted to trip him up. One day, however, the Pharisees asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law” (Matthew 22.36)? Jesus replied: “You shall love the Lord…

From Your Pastor, January 21

Prayers for Governors “The authorities that exist have been established by God.”  Romans 13:1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.1…

From Your Pastor, January 20

Inaugural Thoughts (from a guest pastor) I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.  1 Timothy 2:1-3  Like most pastors, I…

From Your Pastor, January 19

How to Deal with Unreasonable People “I therefore have not sinned against you, and you do me wrong by making war on me. The Lord, the Judge, decide this day between the people of Israel and the people of Ammon.” (Judges 11:27).”  In our passage today, we see what can only be described as a brilliant piece of diplomacy on the part of Jephthah. While it’s…

From Your Pastor, January 18

Gimel (Part 3) Ps 119.17 Deal bountifully with your servant,that I may live and keep your word.18  Open my eyes, that I may beholdwondrous things out of your law.19  I am a sojourner on the earth;hide not your commandments from me!20  My soul is consumed with longingfor your rules at all times.21  You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,who wander…

From Your Pastor, January 15

Reckless Living or Religious Living? “Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living” (Luke 15.13). “But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never…

From Your Pastor, January 14

The Futility of Fretting and its Frustration “Do not fret . . . Do not fret . . . Do not fret.”   Psalm 37:1a, 7b, 8b The book of Psalms has been called “the anatomy of the Christian soul.” (Calvin). It seems expected that our life will not always be gliding on autopilot. Indeed, there are times of great suffering and difficulty depicted in the Psalter. Various…
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