From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor, August 5

Where Your Treasure Is “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mt. 6:19-21 In a time of severe unemployment, I am…

From Your Pastor, August 4

Two Illusions “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (Ps 73:2-3).” When was the last time you looked at what another person has—family, job, car, home, etc.—and were tempted to be envious? Psalm 73 gives us invaluable insight into other people’s lives, and how…

From Your Pastor, August 3

You will find nothing? Sometimes it’s hard to imagine praying like the Psalmists.  In Psalm 17, for instance, the Psalmist (David, in this case) has been accused of some kind of evil and he wants his name cleared. So he starts off, “Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!” (v. 1a). So far, so good. But, then he goes on, “Give ear to my prayer from lips free of…

From Your Pastor, July 31

The Cerebral Assassin is Champion  When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. So David prevailed…

From Your Pastor, July 30

Abiding Fruit; Rooted in the Father’s Love “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.” (John 15:7-9a) In our study of John 15, we have been exploring our union with Christ.…

From Your Pastor, July 29

Beauty Restored “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering…” Ezekiel 28:12-13 I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that human beings by nature long for and seek after beauty—beauty in themselves, others, and the places they inhabit. When planning a vacation, the…

From Your Pastor, July 28

All Things? One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:32.           He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? It reminds me of God’s love and commitment to me.  It gives me hope in gospel blessings. It’s a verse that provides a lot of comfort. God almighty is for me. He’s proved it in the…

From Your Pastor, July 27

Different Styles of Fighting And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth….Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of…

From Your Pastor, July 24

A Reason To Pray  So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the Lord.”   (Joshua 9:14) In America today, I don’ think there’s ever been a time when the cliché, “nothing is as it seems”, applies more. Recently, I read an online article purporting to give financial advice, but that ultimately linked to financial products and…

From Your Pastor, July 23

Union and Abiding  Last Sunday I had the privilege of preaching from the beginning verses of one of the grandest chapters in the Bible—John 15. Of course, that is followed by the equally grand John 16. And John 17. That passage depicts the believer’s relationship to Christ as a branch is to a vine. The symbolism is all around us. We are ingrafted, united to Christ.…

From Your Pastor, July 22

What a Christian is: Epilogue  Would you like greater assurance of salvation? What about fuller fellowship with Jesus Christ? Would it be a blessing to grow your dependence upon the Lord? And wouldn’t it be wonderful to treasure spiritual blessings more than fading earthly ones? In the previous devotion on Matthew 5:10, we looked at the final Beatitude where Jesus…

From Your Pastor, July 21

We Are the Champions And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath…