From Your Pastor (Page 3)

From Your Pastor (Page 3)

From Your Pastor, April 29

Joy From An Unlikely Source The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes (Psalm 19:7-8) I doubt there has ever been a person in the…

From Your Pastor, April 28

“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5.7-8). What are James’ first words? Be patient. He actually uses the word patience…

From Your Pastor, April 27

In a 1736 journal entry, John Wesley tells a story about an encounter with some Moravian, German Christians during a voyage to America before he became a believer. The Moravians were just beginning a worship service on the ship when a storm struck: In the midst of the psalm wherewith their service began, the sea broke over, split the main-sail in pieces, covered the ship,…

From Your Pastor, April 25

Today’s Time in Light of Tomorrow’s Eternity “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work.” — John 9:4 “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” — Ps. 139:16b Steven Cole, a retired pastor in Arizona, has many good sermons. I often consult him on the passage on…

From Your Pastor, April 24

Purity in a Diluted World Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation (I Peter 2:2) Have you ever thought about how much is watered-down, distorted, or is downright artificial in our society? Much of what you get is no longer pure and contains very little of what it originally had. Our food supply is a good…

From Your Pastor, April 23

“Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement) …” (Acts 4.36) Who was Joseph? According to Luke the apostles really appreciated Joseph because they gave him a nickname. Names and especially nicknames give insight into someone’s character; and the apostles gave Joseph the nickname Barnabas—which means son of…

From Your Pastor, April 22

How are our choices shaping us?   As unpleasant as it has been, there is a silver lining to this pandemic… it has given us a much needed breather. We are on a forced pause from many regular activities such that we can evaluate them from a bit more distance. Are all of those activities good? Are they leading us to be better parents, children, citizens….…

From Your Pastor, April 21

God’s Children “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” — I John 3:1 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name . . .” — John 1:12 “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of…

From Your Pastor, April 20

Delivering Good News But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;10 always carrying in the body the death of…

From Your Pastor, April 18

Do you feel close to God right now?  Of course, God is everywhere, but not in the sense that we always perceive him. God’s presence is something like the sun shining. On a cloudy day, we benefit from it; our lives depend upon it. He’s always there, even when we don’t see him. But, sometimes, the sun breaks through the clouds and we feel the warmth and see the…

From Your Pastor, April 17

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5.15-16). God tells us to make the best use of time. Why? Because time is the hottest commodity. We cannot purchase a second more than what God has determined for us. The Psalmist says, “Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths…”…

From Your Pastor, April 16

Making Way for New BlossomsJohn 15:1-2  Jesus taught his disciples on the final night of his life that they were about to undergo a pruning period. Our wise Master knew this was good, loving, and necessary. He begins John 15 by telling them that he is the vine and his Father is the true gardener, who “cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every…