From Your Pastor (Page 5)

From Your Pastor (Page 5)

From Your Pastor, March 30

“The Grace of Resignation” In I Peter 5:6-7, the apostle gives us profound, practical truths as we face fear and uncertainty: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” First and foremost, we’re called to humble ourselves…

From Your Pastor, March 28

“if we are faithless, he remains faithful–for he cannot deny himself” 2 Timothy 2:13   This morning I found encouragement in the book of Haggai. Yesterday I read chapter 1; this morning I read chapter 2.  For those of you who may be a little foggy on the historical setting, Haggai’s ministry occurred around the time of Ezra. He was a prophet in Jerusalem who ministered to…

From Your Pastor, March 27

Are You Kidding Me? Another Test Verse Our faith is being stretched and tested. That’s true for all of us, and we are testing the strength of the Lord’s promises in various verses. Not surprisingly: Our Savior is unsurpassed in delivering on his promises. We’ve recently been reminded of Psalm 46, Matthew 6, Habakkuk, and various verses in Proverbs.  We…

From Your Pastor, March 26

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble;   he knows those who take refuge in him.”  Nahum 1.7 According to Nahum, who is our only true protector? The Lord. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses…” (Psalm 20.7). Some people search for protection and they find a false and puny protection that resides in their intellect, money, guns, alarm systems, spouses,…

From Your Pastor, March 25

Searching for Biden Am I the only one who has wondered what has become of Joe Biden? Until two weeks ago, he was all over the news as the expected Democratic party nominee. Before Biden, it was Bernie Sanders. Both, it would seem, have been supplanted by a virus. How has this happened? Beyond the pandemic, let me suggest a more fundamental reason that is well-illustrated…

From Your Pastor, March 24

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 I’ve heard the word “unprecedented” more times in the last two weeks than in the rest of my adult life. Our collective response to the coronavirus has been the single most disruptive thing in recent memory.  Everyone is social distancing; school is moved…

From Your Pastor, March 23

“From Fear to Faith”       This is the title of a fine set of sermons by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, first published in 1953. Dr. Lloyd-Jones, originally a medical doctor then later called to be a pastor, led a flock at London’s Westminster Chapel amidst the bombings of WW2 and during the Cold War. Those were challenging times for his…

From your Pastor, March 21

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. Proverbs 18:1 God has “determined allotted periods and the boundaries of [our] dwelling place…” (Acts 17.26). God is sovereign over all things—even the minute details of when we live and where we live. God says, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me,…

From Your Pastor, March 19

Dear Fellow Believer, Recently, I was reading 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 and thought I would pass on a few comforting thoughts from Scripture. The Apostle Paul writes: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any…

From Your Pastor, March 18

Everything is so Different! One of the practical challenges of this virus scare is the change of schedule. School, Bible Studies, gyms, and all kinds of regular activities are suspended.  On top of that, there’s a potent sense of fear. Who is a carrier? How long can the virus live on a countertop? Should I go out at all?  With our…

From Your Pastor, March 18 PM

Pastoral Devotional and Resources First, let me report that to our knowledge we have not heard of any Midway members who have been diagnosed with the COVID-virus. Please continue to be super careful, and many thanks to Jean Beck for double, triple cleaning the church. Second, I am very proud of our members. Most are prepared, all are willing to help, and you are praying…