From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor

From Your Pastor, November 24

Dishonesty “‘We are honest men; we have never been spies. We are twelve brothers, sons of our father. One is no more, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan (Gen 42:31-32).”  If there’s one divine pattern we see in the life of the patriarch, Jacob, it’s the way God used his lies to humble and discipline him, ultimately for the purposes of…

From Your Pastor, November 23

What we need is the Spirit….  As a pastor, a happy part of my week is Friday morning when I get to pray with Damon Scharff, Midway’s Director of Student Ministry. We typically review schedule questions, discuss prayer needs, then end by asking for the Lord’s help.  There are all kinds of needs. We ask the Lord to grow our students into more maturity; we ask for him…

From Your Pastor, November 20

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God?  For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. — Galatians 1.10 What is one of the most powerful forces on the planet? The approval of man. It does not matter if you are seven or seventy, all humans crave…

From Your Pastor, November 19

Life in Christ: Remaining “Dear children, this is the last hour; . . . This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us, but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. . . . But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that…

From Your Pastor, November 17

Genesis 40:23  “Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him (Gen 40:23).” One thing that’s hard to forget is the experience of being forgotten. This could apply to a multitude of situations—job interviews, social events, Church life—but never is it more devastating than when you’re in a desperate situation with no one to help. In Genesis 40,…

From Your Pastor, November 16

It Doesn’t Work Without TRUST “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;believe also in me.” John 14.1    Not long ago, I was reminded about how much children must trust their parents. My son, Eli, is just shy of nine months old. He’s crawling, babbling, and feeding himself. Just about every day he does something new or gets…

From Your Pastor, November 13

He Delivered Us Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. — Galatians 1.3-5  What is man’s number one need? Does he need more power, money, or sex? Would man be complete if he had…

From Your Pastor, November 12

Updated Pandemic Advice:Holding on to What We Have Already Attained  I was reading through the small epistle of Philippians recently—it takes less than a half hour to read in a single sitting—and this verse stood out to me: “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.” (Phil. 3:16) That, sometimes, can be a challenge. This verse, of course, has a…

From Your Pastor, November 10

Sin’s Seduction Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, 2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon…

From Your Pastor, November 9

Sober-minded?  Years ago, I chaperoned an overnight youth retreat. As we were checking into our hotel the clerk behind the desk asked if we were a church group. When I told her that we were, she grimaced a bit and commented, “there sure are a lot of rules…” She apparently thought Christianity was a dour religion where nobody had any fun. She probably thought being grim…

From Your Pastor, November 6

ARE YOU EXCITED FOR J-DAY? But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,…

From Your Pastor, November 5

Declaring Victory “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal man who cannot save.”“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ.”       Let me begin with some perspective and a few notes that are timely.      First, some of you (even family members) either didn’t read last week’s…