From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor, February 23

He’s Human After All And he was very thirsty, and he called upon the Lord and said, “You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised (Judges 15:18)?”  Whether you consider yourself exceptionally gifted or simply average, we all need to be reminded that God is the giver,…

From Your Pastor, February 22

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption… 5.1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Eph 4:30; 5:1–2) *  I went to school for long enough for it to ingrain some habits.…

From Your Pastor, February 19

Nehemiah’s Priority: Prayer And they said to me, “The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.” As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, “O Lord…

From Your Pastor, February 18

Acclaiming Christ Through Stewardship: Onward! “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.” (Mt. 25:29)  Let me begin your morning with what seems like a fantasy question: What if your love for Christ’s work in and for you overflowed to allow you to invest $3 million dollars over a few years to support and build the work of Christ’s…

From Your Pastor, February 16

Testing and Foreshadowing “And he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion (Judges 14:8).” Many people have wonderful stories about meeting their in-laws for the first time, but none more interesting than Sampson’s. With his parents by his side, he made the journey to the hometown of the beautiful Philistine he intended to marry. It’s not clear where his parents…

From Your Pastor, February 15

Zayin (Part 7) Ps 119.49   Remember your word to your servant,in which you have made me hope.50 This is my comfort in my affliction,that your promise gives me life.51 The insolent utterly deride me,but I do not turn away from your law.52 When I think of your rules from of old,I take comfort, O LORD.53 Hot indignation seizes me because of…

From Your Pastor, February 12

Praying and Preaching Jesus and the Resurrection Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked. But others said, “We will hear you again about this.” So Paul went out from their midst. But some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite and a woman named Damaris and others with them. — Acts 17.32-34 Have you ever been…

From Your Pastor, February 11

Flawed People?  In our Genesis study (it’s never too late to join us on Wed. nights @ 6:30 in the 1987 sanctuary), we are seeing a theme develop, beginning with the patriarch Abraham: some of these heroes of the faith are fairly flawed. That accurate observation gives rise both to realism about our spiritual ancestors and also to comfort among imperfect…

From Your Pastor, February 9

What We Don’t Know “His father and mother did not know that it was from the Lord, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines (Judges 14:4).”  One of the reasons I try not to ever get my hopes up is because I don’t like it when they come crashing down. In general, it seems best to linger somewhere between optimism and pessimism. In our passage…

From Your Pastor, February 8

Waw (Part 6) Ps 119.41   [And] Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD,your salvation according to your promise;42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,for I trust in your word.43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,for my hope is in your rules.44 I will keep your law continually,forever and ever,45 and…

From Your Pastor, February 5

God’s Strange Savior, Shamgar After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed 600 of the Philistines with an oxgoad, and he also saved Israel.— Judges 3:31 This little verse reveals a BIG God. God uses obscure people and odd instruments to bring glory to himself. This verse is about God and how he saved Israel. Who was Shamgar? A lot of ink has been spilt over this…

From Your Pastor, February 4

Trouble Sleeping? “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Mt. 11:28-30)  Some of you may have seen the plaque over a church nursery (or at home!) that grabs out of…