From Your Pastor (Page 2)

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From Your Pastor, June 24

How is Preaching Effective? “And 3,000 souls were saved” (Acts 2:41) . . . “God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. . . . For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom.” (I Cor. 1:21, 25) Every preacher, at one time or another, wonders what sort of sermon it must have been that had power to convert 3,000 people at…

From Your Pastor, June 17

Great Theologians on a Great Sermon “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart . . . and about 3,000 were added to their number that day.” (Acts 2:37, 41)  In Acts 2, Peter preached a sermon that led to the conversion of over 3,000 people at once. That’s powerful. And it came about, after his presentation of the gospel, when they were “cut to the…

From Your Pastor, June 10

Why Matthias? God’s Continuing Work “May another take his place of leadership. Therefore, it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us . . . to take over this apostolic ministry. Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias, so he was added to the eleven apostles.” (Acts 1:20, 25-26)  After Judas’ suicide, the disciples sought to fill…

From Your Pastor, June 8

Ayin (Part 15) Ps 119.121  I have done what is just and right;do not leave me to my oppressors.122 Give your servant a pledge of good;let not the insolent oppress me.123 My eyes long for your salvationand for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,and teach me your statutes.125 I…

From Your Pastor, June 3

More Thoughts on the Ascension “After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been take from you…

From Your Pastor, June 1

The Book of Kings 6 But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, 7 then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them…8 And this house will become a heap of ruins (I Kings 9:6-7,8).  Have you…

From Your Pastor, May 27

Two Accounts for a New Believer; And Your Witness “In my former book, Theophilus . . .” (Acts 1:1)“You shall be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8)  How would you seek to persuade someone from a non-religious background about the truth and reality of Jesus Christ? Especially, close to his resurrection, what would you emphasize in presenting the truths of the gospel?…

From Your Pastor, May 19

Summer School Starts Tonight “We proclaim Christ, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect [or mature] in Christ.” (Col. 1:28) . . . “the faith handed down once-for-all to all the saints.” (Jude 3)  A trying school year is almost complete. Parents, teachers, and students alike may be ready to throw more than…

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,…