From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor, April 2

I’m about done with this lockdown. I’ve gone through stages of being concerned about the disease, troubled by the fallout, interested by reactions, and bored (just because). Now I’m done. At my house, we are having a conversation that I expect many of you are having: the “how long can this go on?” conversation. Some of us are getting to the end of our patience. Some of us…

From Your Pastor, April 1

“And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah….And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land” Jonah 1.17; 2:10 God alone has aseity. What does aseity mean? God exists by his own power. God alone is all-sufficient; he does not live and move and have his being in anyone or anything except himself. God alone is the fountain of all…

From Your Pastor, March 31

Good News in Action “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and give glory to God your father.” Matthew 5:16 While many are fixated only on matters that could be classified as bad news, we are also seeing many cases of good news put into action. For the last week, I’ve been seeking to collect a few items below (and there are more) that…

From Your Pastor, March 30

“The Grace of Resignation” In I Peter 5:6-7, the apostle gives us profound, practical truths as we face fear and uncertainty: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” First and foremost, we’re called to humble ourselves…

From Your Pastor, March 28

“if we are faithless, he remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself” 2 Timothy 2:13   This morning I found encouragement in the book of Haggai. Yesterday I read chapter 1; this morning I read chapter 2.  For those of you who may be a little foggy on the historical setting, Haggai’s ministry occurred around the time of Ezra. He was a prophet in Jerusalem who ministered to…

From Your Pastor, March 27

Are You Kidding Me? Another Test Verse Our faith is being stretched and tested. That’s true for all of us, and we are testing the strength of the Lord’s promises in various verses. Not surprisingly: Our Savior is unsurpassed in delivering on his promises. We’ve recently been reminded of Psalm 46, Matthew 6, Habakkuk, and various verses in Proverbs.  We…

From Your Pastor, March 26

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble;   he knows those who take refuge in him.”  Nahum 1.7 According to Nahum, who is our only true protector? The Lord. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses…” (Psalm 20.7). Some people search for protection and they find a false and puny protection that resides in their intellect, money, guns, alarm systems, spouses,…

From Your Pastor, March 25

Searching for Biden Am I the only one who has wondered what has become of Joe Biden? Until two weeks ago, he was all over the news as the expected Democratic party nominee. Before Biden, it was Bernie Sanders. Both, it would seem, have been supplanted by a virus. How has this happened? Beyond the pandemic, let me suggest a more fundamental reason that is well-illustrated…

From Your Pastor, March 24

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 I’ve heard the word “unprecedented” more times in the last two weeks than in the rest of my adult life. Our collective response to the coronavirus has been the single most disruptive thing in recent memory.  Everyone is social distancing; school is moved…

From Your Pastor, March 23

“From Fear to Faith”       This is the title of a fine set of sermons by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, first published in 1953. Dr. Lloyd-Jones, originally a medical doctor then later called to be a pastor, led a flock at London’s Westminster Chapel amidst the bombings of WW2 and during the Cold War. Those were challenging times for his…

From your Pastor, March 21

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. Proverbs 18:1 God has “determined allotted periods and the boundaries of [our] dwelling place…” (Acts 17.26). God is sovereign over all things—even the minute details of when we live and where we live. God says, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,…
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