From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor, May 13

Is Doubt a Blessing? “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.” “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” My Lord and my God.” John 20:25, 27-28  The question in this title could only fit in a lost…

From Your Pastor, May 11

Saved from Our Choices “And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them (I Samuel 8:7).” If I could summarize the entire book of I Samuel, it would be simply this: life is so much better when we wait on the Lord and not demand what we want. To…

From Your Pastor, April 6

A Resurrection Meal Prepares us for the Lord’s Supper “Jesus said, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord.” John 21:12  We continue to be blessed to share the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper the second Sunday evening of each month. Many churches have gone a long time without this nourishing…

From Your Pastor, May 4

Samek (Part 14) Ps 119.113 I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.115 Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God.116 Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!117 Hold me up,…

From Your Pastor, April 29

Myth, Maturity, and Youth “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:13-14  I had a joyful time speaking to students at Georgia College last week. Most of these are involved…

From Your Pastor, April 27

Rejoice Always, Huh? Rejoice always… (1 Thessalonians 5.16) What does Paul mean by “rejoice always”? First, what does “rejoice” mean? The Greek word for rejoice is ????? and it means “to be in a state of happiness and well-being, rejoice, be glad.”[1] Second, Christians are to be in a state of happiness and well-being, always? Always? Paul, are you certain we…

From Your Pastor, April 22

Persecution, Secret Disciples, and Acknowledging Christ “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” (Mt. 10:32)  Several years ago, as most of you know, elder Whitaker and I had the privilege of traveling to China to teach pastors. It was an eye-opening experience that has led me and others to hold these dear…

From Your Pastor, April 20

A Life Restored And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty (Ruth 1:19-21). If there’s one reality worth briefly highlighting from the book of Ruth, it’s the great…

From Your Pastor, April 16

Give Thanks in ALL Circumstances …give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. — 1 Thessalonians 5.18  Have you given thanks to the Lord today? Maybe you say, “No. You don’t know what I am going through right now.” You are correct. I am not you. But according to God, we should “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is…

From Your Pastor, April 15

Without a Vision the People Perish “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” (2 Tim. 1:7)  Proverbs 29:18 states that without a vision, the people perish. What is your vision for the coming years? Do you have one? Or is one being foisted on you from outside, secular sources? What’s ahead?…

From Your Pastor, April 9

Stop Insulting God!  In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. 2 And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. 3 I said to the king, “Let the…