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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…

From Your Pastor, April 15

Psalm 131O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. How much would you pay for the…

Deacons’ Newsletter V2N2

Sharing with the Saints (Rom. 12:13) The Deacons’ Newsletter Volume II, Number 2 These are uncertain times. Which is why we want to give you some practical advice is this issue that you can start implementing immediately to protect your household. First, remember Paul’s words: “Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in everything by prayer and petition with…

From Your Pastor, April 14

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’  7 By offering polluted food upon my altar… Malachi 1:6–7 A lot of what we tend to call “life” is on hold. We…