From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor, June 5

What a Christian is: Part 3* Every Christian has a low view of himself––every Christian. That’s not a “should” or an “ought.” It’s not some distant standard to strive towards but always fall short of. It’s an “is”; every Christian has a low view of himself or herself. We know that because Jesus describes actual, transforming repentance in Matthew 5. He says that the poor…

From Your Pastor, June 4

Prophecy and the Revelation: Yesterday’s News is Today’s News Where did the apostle John get all those visions and bizarre symbols in the final book of the Bible, the Revelation of Jesus Christ? Many people wish to understand all that God has for us, and many particularly wish to know how things will end up. That’s why most people read the Revelation. But rather than…

From Your Pastor, June 3

A Golden Idea When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Exodus 32 Have you ever had a golden calf moment? A time when the…

From Your Pastor, June 2

Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 88 Q: What are the outward means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption?A: The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption are, his ordinances, especially the word, sacraments, and prayer;all of which are made effectual to the elect for salvation. The Apostle Paul…

From Your Pastor, June 1

“You keep using that word… I don’t think it means what you think it means.” That’s what Inigo Montoya told Vizzini in The Princess Bride (another great movie).  I’ve had the same thought a time or two––not when people say “inconceivable” (which is, thankfully, not that often) but when they use the words “Christian” or “repent.” I mentioned in my previous devotion that one…

From Your Pastor, May 29

Some Common Things to Hold  “Do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.”1 Thess. 5:20-21   Puritans had an interesting take on “prophesying.” That’s what they called preaching—an exhortation to godly living based on the revealed Word of God. Today, it’s hard to say, without some kind of smile or smirk, that last Sunday morning at the…

From Your Pastor, May 28

Moderation and ContentmentIf you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it (Prov. 25:16).Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the appetite: this also is vanity and a striving after wind (Eccl. 6:9). Have you ever been so hungry, so anxious to eat your food, that you forgot to taste and enjoy…

From Your Pastor, May 27

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. Song of Solomon 8:7 Solomon said that “love is strong as death…” (Song of Solomon 8.6). Solomon had a lot of insight into love. He had seen various ways in which people loved one another across the known world at the time, and that is why he likens love to something more absolute and firmer than death. Consider…

From Your Pastor, May 26

The Incredibles is a great movie. It’s a good family movie because the kids will enjoy it while adults will appreciate some of its bigger ideas. The film’s villain hates “the supers” and he wants them gone. But, instead of attacking them outright, he finds a way to make everybody super. So that, “when everyone’s super, no one will be.” As childish as it seems in The…

From Your Pastor, May 23

Great is Thy . . . Unfailing Love  In a previous morning devotional, I referred to Ps. 44:26, which concludes by speaking of God’s “unfailing love” that was looked to for deliverance. What a strong concept to meditate and depend on: God’s unfailing love (which, by the way, was the Hebrew word Pastor Harrington referred to in yesterday’s devo). It is his love that…

From Your Pastor, May 22

“So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table, like one of the king’s sons.”  2 Sam 9:11 One of the most touching accounts in all the Old Testament is found in 2 Samuel 9. It begins with a very odd question from the new king: “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake (v.1)?” What’s most odd is that Saul…

From Your Pastor, May 21

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2.8-9).  What major event took place on September 1, 1159? Give up? Nicholas Breakspear died that day. Who in the world was Nicholas Breakspear? Oh, maybe you don’t recognize him without his titled name: Pope…