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From Your Pastor, October 30

In Love He Predestined Us for Adoption “In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”— Ephesians 1.4-6  On July 31, 1547, John Knox was sentenced as a galley slave in the hull of a French ship, The Notre Dame.…

From Your Pastor, October 29

The Problem in 1992 and 2020 “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal man who cannot save.” 146:3       I had been up much of the night watching presidential election returns in November 1992. Third party candidate Ross Perot, along with a moderate Republican, coupled with a charismatic “New Democrat” candidate all worked to reward…

From Your Pastor, October 27

A Real Legacy “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide… (John 15:16).”  In John 15:16, God’s election is a primary reminder that, just as we didn’t choose Christ by our own wisdom and ability, we don’t bear fruit on our own. The fruit we bear in this life is inspired and generated by…

From Your Pastor, October 26

Recreation or Play?  “I am just living for my next _______.”  How would you finish that sentence?  My next….. Day off? Night out? Vacation? Trip to the lake?  There are a lot of people who don’t enjoy their work, but live for the weekend.  There is no doubt that some people have more enjoyable jobs than others. And, some people’s primary work is not their job. They may be…

From Your Pastor, October 24

Saturday Devotionals – Election Sermons Now that the fall has begun and it’s an election year, a summary of some past sermons might help all of us think about and focus on politics and elections. All the sermons in this series are non-partisan—actually, pre-partisan—so enjoy some biblical meditations. For this weekend, I hope you enjoy the summary of the following…

From Your Pastor, October 23

Election Demands Evangelism  “For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” — 1 Corinthians 9.16  Are you Truly Reformed? In his little book, The Necessity of Reforming the Church, John Calvin outlines four basic errors in the church at his time. He said the Church needed a major overhaul in the areas of worship, salvation, sacraments,…

From Your Pastor, October 22

A Welcoming Church  Hebrews 13:2 calls on us to welcome strangers, reminding us that some may be entertaining angels unaware. The most likely key to a church that is reaching out is that, at a minimum, its members welcome others as guests. In addition to this common Christian calling, being hospitable, or welcoming the uninitiated, is a trait for mature leaders of…

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 19

When the Right Thing Feels Wrong  We’ve all been asked to do things we don’t feel like doing. When I was a kid, it was taking out the garbage. As an adult, it tends to be the regular chores of keeping the house neat. My wife will gently ask me to participate in the chores she’s already doing. In that moment (when I don’t feel like helping), I have a choice between loving…

From Your Pastor, October 17

Saturday Devotionals – Election Sermons Now that the fall has begun and it’s an election year, a summary of some past sermons might help all of us think about and focus on politics and elections. All the sermons in this series are non-partisan—actually, pre-partisan—so enjoy some biblical meditations. For this weekend, I hope you enjoy the summary of the following…

From Your Pastor, October 16

Paul Preached Jesus and the Resurrection  Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, “What does this babbler wish to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a preacher of foreign divinities”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.— Acts 17.18 Atheists, Agnostics, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, and Jews all share a…

From Your Pastor, October 15

For Politicians: From a Puritan on Prayer After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God,…