From Your Pastor (Page 3)

From Your Pastor (Page 3)

From Your Pastor, December 15

The Right Answer to the Wrong Question And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you? (Judges 6:14).” Have you ever noticed that the “why?” questions we offer God in prayer seem to rarely get answered? We have general truths in Scripture concerning why things happen—the glory…

From Your Pastor, December 14

Tidings of Comfort  If we turn on the radio after Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance of hearing Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree or It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams. There’s also a few passages of Scripture we tend to associate with the season like Isaiah 9 which calls the coming Christ the “Prince of Peace” and promises…

From Your Pastor, December 11

What are Some Practical Ways to Strengthen My Marriage?   Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.— Ephesians 5.31 “What are some practical ways to strengthen my marriage?” That is a question I recently received from a young married couple, and it just so happens that I address this topic…

From Your Pastor, December 10

What Clears our Vision “Till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny”(Psalm 73:17)  I recently taught a Sunday School class on Psalm 73. I began by asking the group who the second most published Psalmist was? David, of course, was the top Psalmist. The second most published Psalmist was Asaph. Asaph composed 11 consecutive…

From Your Pastor, December 8

Understanding the Problem  “When the people of Israel cried out to the Lord on account of the Midianites, the Lord sent a prophet to the people of Israel (Judges 6:7-8).” There are times in life when I suspect God answers our prayers without our even knowing it. Perhaps it’s better to say it like this: God gives us what we most need, not what…

From Your Pastor, December 7

Refreshment  At this time of year life can start to feel harried. We don’t get to hit “pause” on the rest of life, but we have Christmas gifts and preparations to make and travel plans to finalize. The season that we wish would be restful can end up being the opposite. What many of us really want from Christmas is REFRESHMENT. We want to rest and be reinvigorated.…

From Your Pastor, December 4

Called Me by His Grace But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles…” — Galatians 1.15-16  When I was a kid, my parents would leave us at home while they attended my Dad’s Christmas party for work. The moment my Dad returned home and walked…

From Your Pastor, December 3

Calebing “But Caleb has a different spirit.”  Numbers 14:24  Caleb is one of those names that has made a big comeback. It was a common name among Puritans and in colonial America centuries ago. In fact, a number of Old Testament names were popular back then. For those of us who are Baby Boomers, however, we didn’t have many classmates named Caleb.…

From Your Pastor, December 1

What is Most Important? “So the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 6 And their daughters they took to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods (Judges 3:5-6).”  I have always suspected that there’s a link…

From Your Pastor, November 30

A Devotional Prayer for the Week after Thanksgiving   Almighty God,Merciful Father, Today, I remember that THANKSGIVING is at the heart of worship. I know that without gratitude of heart, any prayer or praise would be insincere. But, real and true fellowship with you will include a grateful heart. And so I come remembering your abundant kindness and lavish…

From Your Pastor, November 27

OUR PROBLEM “For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.  And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.” — Galatians 1.13-14 What does Paul highlight in these verses? In short, his pride. Before Jesus…

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…