Posts from March 2021

Posts from March 2021

From Your Pastor, March 31

Easter, Yes! “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”  (Romans 6:4)  I can hardly wait to greet you on Easter morning with “He is Risen,” and hear your response: “He is Risen, indeed!” My, how we missed that last year. Last year…

From Your Pastor, March 30

An Awful Story with a Hopeful End And the Lord said, “Judah shall go up first” (Judges 20:18).” In three places (Judges 17:6; 18:1; 19:1) we’ve read the same statement of the problem in Israel during the period of the Judges: there was no king. Today’s passage is perhaps the clearest example of our need for Christ to rule in our midst as king—and what happens when He…

From Your Pastor, March 29

Lamedh (Part 11) Ps 119.89        Forever, O LORD, your wordis firmly fixed in the heavens.90         Your faithfulness endures to all generations;you have established the earth, and it stands fast.91         By your appointment they stand this day,for…

From Your Pastor, March 26

I Am Not Your Enemy Brothers, I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong. 13 You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, 14 and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ…

From Your Pastor, March 25

Jesus Marching Toward the Cross, the Grave, and Beyond  Last year in our sheltered-in-place phase, I sent a list of biblical passages to read to observe Jesus’ final days. Many friends associate special services during Holy Week with a sentimental holdover from Roman Catholicism. However, even for those who are greater Puritans than me, it can hardly be wrong to read…

From Your Pastor, March 23

A Whole Lot of Nothing “You take my gods that I made and the priest, and go away, and what have I left?” Judges 18:24 Have you ever thought: “wouldn’t it be nice if there was no authority or structure in the Church?” “Wouldn’t it be better if we were free to worship Jesus unrestrained by liturgies and guidelines of the past?” Judges 18 gives us a glimpse of what life and…

From Your Pastor, March 22

Kaph (Part 10) Ps 119.81   My soul longs for your salvation;I hope in your word.82          My eyes long for your promise;I ask, “When will you comfort me?”83          For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,yet I have not forgotten your…

From Your Pastor, March 19

It Is More Than Lying But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of…

From Your Pastor, March 18

Professionals Look at the Cross “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.”Hebrews 12:2  As we approach our great celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, we must first pass through both Gethsemane and Golgotha. Countless pastors over the years have preached on the gospel passages that depict Jesus’ suffering. Many historians, artists, and theologians have assessed the impact of…

Deacons’ Newsletter | Vol. III, No. 1

In this issue, I will provide a service report on several of our diaconal ministries, followed by a lesson from the prophet Isaiah that speaks to the issue of government stimulus. First, as a reminder: we have upgraded our systems to Realm! By now, you should have received an invitation to log in and configure your account. Realm replaces the “ChurchLife” app with a…

From Your Pastor, March 16

Communing with God “Then Micah said, ‘Now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as a priest’ (Judges 17:13).”  We have before us in Judges 17 a spiritual train wreck—a moral debacle. The writer is bent on reporting the facts only and hardly has time to stop and make moral judgements. He assumes we have the biblical literacy to known that…

From Your Pastor, March 15

Yod (Part 9) Ps 119.73         Your hands have made and fashioned me;give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.74         Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,because I have hoped in your word.75         I know, O LORD, that your…