STRUGGLING WITH SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

I imagine most church members would find it hard to believe their pastors struggle with practicing spiritual disciplines. If any group of people should excel at personal Bible reading and memorization, prayer, worship, evangelism, fasting, and a number of other important Christian exercises, it should be the shepherds. And yet, surprisingly, many pastors do in fact struggle to consistently practice them. In certain seasons of ministry, good and important ministry needs tend to crowd out the everyday disciplines of Bible study and prayer. The struggle is real. This may alarm some of us.  The operative term, though, is “struggle.” Certainly it is alarming to learn that pastors, to whom we […]

ONLINE GIVING UPDATE

Paramount Church Family, We want you to know about a change to our method of online giving to the church. Up until now, we have used EasyTithe to receive online donations, a service provided at no cost to us by our church planting network. At the end of May, EasyTithe will no longer be available to us. After considering the options, we decided to transition our online giving to a service called Church Center, which uses Stripe and Apple Pay. Thought it’s available until the end of May, please transition your method of online giving to this new method. You can do that by visiting the online giving page of […]

TO READ SLOWLY

“But reading as slowly as O’Hara did in 1959 was easier then than now. The concept of being busy had not reached it’s apogee, as it has in the twenty-first century. To read slowly today is not just unfashionable but nearly impossible. We are in a permanent hurry, and even a move to the sticks cannot protect us from the multiple occupations we administer as members of a global, web-connected community. The internet helps us be more efficient. But it also compiles us to do more things with more people, and have less time to read, let alone slowly. The micro-edit, more than macro-, demands an unhurried pace. So, when […]

FINISH the Bible

Yo yo yo, what’s up. Listen to this. COVID will probably be with us for another 80 days (if not longer). Many of us have a little extra time on our hands. What shall we do with it?At a medium pace, the Bible may be read through in about 80 hours. If you set a timer for 1 hour, each day, for the next 80 days, you’ll finish the Bible before COVID finishes with us. That would be a beautiful use of some free time! You could follow the M’Cheyne One Year Reading Plan, but keep reading until each hour is up. Let’s get it!M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan Go to […]

PROPITIATION (A BIG WORD)

Last Sunday, we considered again the biblical term propitiation. It’s a hard one to get our minds around. Here’s a helpful definition, as you meditate on this Gospel this week, my Paramount family! “The doctrine of propitiation is precisely this: That God loved the objects of His wrath so. much that He gave His own Son to the end that He by His blood should make provision for the removal of HIs wrath. It was Christ’s so to deal with the wrath that the loved would no longer be the objects of wrath, and love would achieve its aim of making the children of wrath the children of God’s good […]

Church-Wide Update

Dear Paramount Church – Your pastors love you and hope you are staying healthy in body and strong in spirit. We could not be happier about the ways you — the Church — has responded to the current crisis. Countless stories of generosity, concern, prayer, and care brighten this difficult time. We are grateful for common grace tools like Facebook and Zoom, which allow us to stay in touch far better than we would without them. Thank you for remaining diligent to participate in the life and ministries of our church. The pandemic brings major challenges and tests, and our gospel-focused response is imperative. Good Friday and Easter Services Update […]

Help Identify People in Need

The City of Bexley would appreciate your help in identifying those in need and willing volunteers during this COVID-19 crisis. If you are a Bexley resident, and are in need of assistance or are able to provide aid, please fill out the applicable survey. Furthermore, please assist Bexley residents in completing the appropriate survey if they are unable to do so independently. Those who have already filled out the survey do not need to do so again. These surveys will also be available on Bexley’s website, social media, and included in the quarterly newsletter. For questions or concerns, please contact the City’s Volunteer Coordinator at (614) 559-4200 or eellman@bexley.org.    […]

COVID-19 Update #4

Dear Paramount Church – Thank you for keeping current with these frequent updates. By the common grace of technology, we enjoyed a unique time of worship. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make this possible for our small church. It is important that we receive every opportunity to keep up with church life in this strange time. Our preference is always to gather in-person, but for the near future we’ll stream our worship services online. Please be diligent to join us on Sunday mornings. We believe the Lord is pleased by our efforts. The state of things is slightly different every day, and our response has required adjustment almost as often. […]

COVID-19 Update #3

Dear Paramount Church Family and Friends – Following updates from our local health directors, and further discussion among the pastors and leaders of our church, we’ve decided to adjust plans for worship. Tomorrow morning, Paramount church will suspend all Sunday morning activities, except for a live stream of our worship service. Thus, everyone will stay home and join together via live stream at 10:30 am, on the Paramount Church Facebook page. The church building will be closed to everyone except those leading the service. The elders encourage you to make this a unique and memorable occasion, in which we make the most of a challenging situation in our church. The gospel is […]

COVID-19 Update #2

Good Morning, Paramount Church People and Friends. As we closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our local communities, we will make appropriate adjustments to our church activities. As of now, all Sunday activities — Adult Bible Fellowship, Youth Bible Fellowship, Children’s Ministry, and the normal corporate worship gathering — will remain as normal, with one adjustment. Starting this Sunday, we will begin live streaming worship services through YouTube, to benefit anyone who chooses not to attend amid our current health concerns. If the present situation deteriorates, more adjustments will be determined and announced promptly. Under these circumstances, we wish to clearly state our love, support, and understanding to anyone who deems it necessary to stay home […]