a word from the pastor

The “S” Word

In describing his church, a dear friend of mine made a very interesting comment. He said, “The only problem is we never hear about sin.” Sin is being censored out of our culture, and it’s being censored out of our churches. Things once thought sinful are now accepted as normal. We no longer know ...
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Breaking Out of the Plateau

pla·teau /plaˈtō noun 2. a state of little or no change following a period of activity or progress. I’ve often encouraged people to develop the habit of daily Bible reading, as I have found it a means of grace that I’ve come to cherish and sincerely desire others to experience. I once read tha...
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Daddy’s Bible

Judith and I recently visited my mom who lives in a small retirement community in Florida. It has been three years since my dad passed away and it seems on each visit, I discover something about him I didn’t know before. While helping mom with a small project I went in search of a Philip’s Head s...
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Put Yourself in the Story

Over the years I have come to cherish and protect my time in the morning with the Lord. Being a visual reader, I’ve always tried to picture the Biblical storyline in my mind as I go through the Bible each year. Recently, that practice became intensely personal as I read Mark’s account of Jesus he...
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Make a Commitment to God's Word in 2019

To cherish the Bible for the treasure it truly is, you must begin by reading it—consistently, purposefully, and prayerfully. A.W. Tozer once said, “the Bible was written in tears, and to tears it yields its best treasures.” With that in mind, I want to challenge you as the New Year approaches to ...
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Reflections on the Holy Land

My second trip to Israel turned out to be better than I had expected. Judith and I first journey to Israel in March of 2000, the same week Pope John Paul was there and whose presence affected our itinerary more than once. I mean, who knew that one man could shut down the Mount of Olives? Anyway, ...
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Trigger Warnings and Safe Zones

In a recent World Magazine interview, Jeff Meyers, president of Summit Ministries (which trains Christian students to think and act biblically) provided generational guidance for those in positions of leadership. Meyers explained that the younger generation has “trigger warnings” because they’re ...
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The Divine Mandate to Parents

In a New York Times article, author Laurie Frankel wrote about a dilemma involving her 6-year-old son’s entrance into first grade. Apparently, the lad developed a preference for dresses over what little boys normally wear. As soon as I use the word “normally,” I recognize that a growing number of...
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Three Keys to Child Rearing

Even after 40-plus years in ministry and having raised three children, I still feel unqualified to give advice to parents when it comes to rearing their children. Yet, perhaps I might say with Paul, “I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.” (1 Corinthians 7:25) As a ...
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Impressions and the Will of God – Part 2

When faced with a difficult decision, it is often difficult to know what the Lord would have you do. As I pointed out in my last post, you cannot be guided by impressions alone. Remember, the impressions we experience may be prompted by our own deceitful flesh, they may be influenced by evil spir...
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