From Your Pastor (Page 4)

From Your Pastor (Page 4)

From Your Pastor, July 29

Beauty Restored “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering…” Ezekiel 28:12-13 I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that human beings by nature long for and seek after beauty—beauty in themselves, others, and the places they inhabit. When planning a vacation, the…

From Your Pastor, July 28

All Things? One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:32.           He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all,how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? It reminds me of God’s love and commitment to me.  It gives me hope in gospel blessings. It’s a verse that provides a lot of comfort. God almighty is for me. He’s proved it in the…

From Your Pastor, July 27

Different Styles of Fighting And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth….Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of…

From Your Pastor, July 24

A Reason To Pray  So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the Lord.”   (Joshua 9:14) In America today, I don’ think there’s ever been a time when the cliché, “nothing is as it seems”, applies more. Recently, I read an online article purporting to give financial advice, but that ultimately linked to financial products and…

From Your Pastor, July 23

Union and Abiding  Last Sunday I had the privilege of preaching from the beginning verses of one of the grandest chapters in the Bible—John 15. Of course, that is followed by the equally grand John 16. And John 17. That passage depicts the believer’s relationship to Christ as a branch is to a vine. The symbolism is all around us. We are ingrafted, united to Christ.…

From Your Pastor, July 22

What a Christian is: Epilogue  Would you like greater assurance of salvation? What about fuller fellowship with Jesus Christ? Would it be a blessing to grow your dependence upon the Lord? And wouldn’t it be wonderful to treasure spiritual blessings more than fading earthly ones? In the previous devotion on Matthew 5:10, we looked at the final Beatitude where Jesus…

From Your Pastor, July 21

We Are the Champions And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line of battle against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on the mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on the mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. And there came out from the camp of the Philistines a champion named Goliath…

From Your Pastor, July 20

Conquering Fear with Fear   “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.” (Prov 19:23)   What comes to mind when you think of rest and satisfaction? Most people imagine a beach; a mountain home; perhaps a massage in a 5-star hotel. While these are all appealing and certainly…

From Your Pastor, July 17

Paul to Timothy to Us “The elders of the church who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.” 1 Tim. 5:17 Sometimes, the days of the Scriptures seem ‘long ago and far away.’ At other times, they are more current than today’s news. Several passages have been studied this week by…

From Your Pastor, July 16

What a Christian is: Part 10 Have you ever known someone to spiritualize every setback? If the hot water heater goes out, it’s persecution for the faith. If someone is rude, it’s because the world hates Christ. Well? Not necessarily. Sometimes water heaters break. Sometimes people are rude. But Jesus does finish his beatitudes by saying that every Christian will be…

From Your Pastor, July 15

How Does the Gospel of Jesus Christ Apply to this Situation? But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so…

From Your Pastor, July 14

Daily Peace “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with Godthrough our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 5:1) I remember in high school being caught up in a conflict with the fullback of our football team, a team that was always in contention for a state championship, and one that sent many players to division 1 football programs. I was a timid sophomore,…