ADVICE TO A TROUBLED WOMAN

I shared a story about Andrew Murray in my sermon last Sunday. Sounds like I spoke too fast and prevented some people from putting it down in their notes. I better reproduce it here. The story puts South African pastor Andrew Murray laid up in bed with severe back pain, in the home of someone who hosted him on preaching trip. The person who attended to him one day in 1895 came to his room. She said a troubled woman had knocked on the door asking for his counsel. He said, “Just give her this advice I’m writing down for myself; it may be that she’ll find it helpful.” The […]

WE HOPE IN WHOM WE WAIT

Who are you waiting on today? In difficult times of waiting, we must remember who we are waiting on. The Psalms remind us that we hope in whom we wait. Repeatedly, the psalmist cries out: How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (Psalm 13:1)Because he hopes in God, he waits on God. But in the waiting rooms of life, amnesia comes easy. We fill in blanks like mad libs. How long, O __________? Will you ____________ forever?How long, O spouse? Will you hog the TV forever?How long, O child? Will you pepper me with whys forever?How long, O winter? […]

Church Work Day

We need you on May 30! At this time of year, we look to update the church property by working on the yard, cleaning inside the building, etc. As we prepare to resume corporate gatherings and welcoming guests on Sunday mornings, we would like to increase the attractiveness and function of our new property. So we need you. Please make plans to lend your hands. SATURDAY, MAY 309:00 am – 12:00 pm: Work12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch Out1:00 pm – 3:00 pm:Work Please notify your CG Leader of your plans to attend the work day! Thank you!

A WAY SEEMS RIGHT

We sorely underestimate many verses in the Bible. Proverbs 16:25 must sit near the top of the list. It reads: “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” The Bible magnifies this verse’s importance by quoting it again in Proverbs 14. This verse emphasizes the deceitful nature of sin. The end-is-the-way-of-death part jars us. Of the two clauses which make up the verse, the last part stands out because of the word “death.” The terminal nature of the verse captivates attention, but often the first clause hides away. I wonder if God made this to subtlety function with an intent […]

AIRPLANE BONEYARD

I came across an incredible video article about the airline industry. During the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines grounded thousands of airplanes. Because maintenance needs remain, and atmospheric conditions may harm the giant machines, airlines must store planes in special places called “boneyards.” An unexpected implication of the pandemic shutdowns, grounded planes gobble up space and attention. Airlines must find ground space to park planes, as well as figure out how to keep up with the location and maintenance needs of each plane. An incredible, logistic challenge results. And the challenge will continue when these planes take flight again. Watch this intriguing video article. Go to Full Article Author: Rush

UNITY IN DIVERSITY

Our world needs unity in diversity. We need an answer to the question , “how can ‘the many’ diverse people be brought into ‘the one’ unified crowd?” It is the problem of the one and the many. The answer can only be found in the God of the Bible and His revealed purposes for our world. The Triune God is the ultimate answer to the question. He, Himself, is the ultimate unity in diversity; three distinct Persons in one united fellowship. We see He is the answer when we look at creation. In His world we find example after example of unity in diversity; in every tree lush with a […]

LOVE: ANOTHER REASON TO JOIN A CHURCH

There are many good reasons to join a local church. But there is yet another: love. In this way, I do not mean just the Christian compulsion to love; to love other Christians. I am referring, instead, to our inability to love – our inability to love everyone with the same intensity and devotion. Some Christians object to this emphasis on church membership by appealing to their good desire to love others. The objection goes something like this: “Every Christian is a member of Christ’s body; His Church. I don’t need to join a particular local church and I don’t want to. Because if I join a local church, I […]

EIGHT FACETS OF FAITHFUL PREACHING

Faithfulness is multifaceted; there is much more to it than simply capturing the dominant thrust of the passage we are expounding, essential as that is. Faithful servants of God’s Word prove themselves to be faithful stewards of it when they: 1. Trust God. Those who speak for God are justified to expect him to speak through them when they are faithful servants and stewards of his Word. The preached Word is powerful for the purposes for which God gave it. Those who speak for God need not, and therefore must not, go beyond what is written. Scripture is sufficient (1 Cor. 4:6; 2 Peter 1:3). 2. Speak as those assigned, equipped, […]

NOTHING IN MY HAND I BRING

Promoting helpful Christian reading is important part of the Church’s responsibility to promote the announcement of good news. This post aims to promote a well-written resource for those seeking to better understand the differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs. Nothing in My Hand I Bring became available in 2007 as a publication of Matthias Media. It was written by Ray Galea. A recipient of a thoroughly Catholic upbringing, Galea did not want to simply take His Catholicism for granted. He set out to investigate these differences between Protestant Christians and the Catholic friends, neighbors, and family among whom he was raised. The book is a re-tracing of Galea’s investigation; an investigation which led […]

PULSE

Watching him made me ask, “am I watching me?” I remember a time when I was studying at the library and I saw an older man sitting at another table. He was reading a newspaper. Then he put down the paper and pressed two fingers against his carotid artery. With his other hand he held up his wristwatch long enough to determine his heart rate. He gazed into space with contemplation. He was taking account of his current vitals and thinking about them. After a while, his head dropped and he returned to the daily news. The simple scene at the library reminded me of my need for a healthy […]