From Your Pastor (Page 5)

From Your Pastor (Page 5)

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,…

From Your Pastor, July 13

All Prayers for Ministers Welcome! “Brothers, Pray for us.”  1 Thessalonians 5:25     Many of you are repeat offenders at reading though Charles Spurgeon’s daily devotional,Morning and Evening. If any of you do not already use that and wish a copy, see me or my wife and we will happily point you to an online copy (https://spurgeonsmorningandevening.com/) or to an…

From Your Pastor, July 10

Christian Capitalism For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two…

From Your Pastor, July 9

What a Christian is: Part 9 There may be no higher value in America than tolerance.  The only thing we shouldn’t tolerate is people who are intolerant, themselves. (The irony of that inconsistency is missed by most). We don’t have to look hard for an example––recent riots and civil unrest were defended in the name of that principle. The racist system was intolerant…

From Your Pastor, July 8

Faith and Prayer But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us…Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:22-24) And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he…

From Your Pastor, July 7

My Heart, Christ’s Home          “That Christ may dwell in your hearts . . .”(part of a prayer by the Apostle Paul in Eph. 3:6)  This week, while preparing for a sermon on the Holy Spirit, I reviewed Robert Boyd Munger’s small pamphlet, My Heart, Christ’s Home. As a young Christian that Inter-Varsity Press…

From Your Pastor, July 6

Heigh-ho, It’s Off to Work We Go “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” — Genesis 2.15 Recent statistics reveal that more than seventy percent of the American population does not like their job. Actually, they hate it! This is an alarming statistic considering the simple fact that sleeping and working gobble up most of…

From Your Pastor, July 3

What a Christian is: Part 8 If someone asked for a person who was “pure in heart” I wouldn’t be the first to raise my hand. I may not know everything that is in my heart… but I know enough to not claim that it’s pure. But Jesus claims that. He claims that about every Christian. In his 6th beatitude, Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”…