Posts by Marc Harrington

Posts by Marc Harrington

From Your Pastor, October 20

 Spiritual Growth I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).  Most parents enjoy taking and looking at pictures of their children and grandchildren. One reality always impresses me when I see pictures like this: even though it doesn’t always…

From Your Pastor, October 13

Listening “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19) James gives us short, succinct counsel on how to live calm, peaceful lives and manage anger. What’s interesting is that he doesn’t address the usual ways people think about dealing with…

From Your Pastor, October 6

Purposefully Random “So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech (Ruth 2:3).”  One of the great blessings in life is predictability and routine. Without it, how would we make plans and accomplish anything? But, one of the downsides of…

From Your Pastor, September 29

Illusions that Ensnare “They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.” (Daniel 5:4).  There’s an old question people often ask themselves, “If you knew this was your last night on earth, what would you do?” King Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, is actually confronted with this very issue in our passage—only he’s not aware of…

From Your Pastor, September 22

Wisdom“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.” (James 3:13) I once heard a quote that has always stuck with me concerning basic Christian living. “Our problem is not what we don’t know; it’s what we already know and are not appropriating.” This is good news in the information, fad-driven culture we…

From Your Pastor, September 15

A Mighty Rumor Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain. And David was hurrying to get away from Saul. As Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them, a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid against the land.” (I Sam 23: 26-27) We have before us…

From Your Pastor, September 8

Growing in Wisdom   “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints(Prov 2:6-8).” If you’ve ever read Proverbs, you know that one of the primary topics discussed is…

From Your Pastor, September 1

Delighting in Truth “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16) How do you find joy and delight in the midst of difficult circumstances? Jeremiah is a wonderful guide in times of suffering (and, for that matter, in easy times). He teaches us, in…