a word from the pastor

Seven Reasons to Memorize Scripture

About forty years ago, an older pastor encouraged me saying, “Memorize scriptures while you’re young and you’ll have them for the rest of your life.” Now, at 67, it’s my turn to pass on that wonderful wisdom to you. I did take his advice, memorized certain chapters, many verses, and a good number...
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Are you a student of the Bible?

I recently came across a quote by atheist Andrew Seidel of the Freedom from Religion Foundation that is highly typical of secularism’s attitude toward the Bible. He said: “The road to atheism is littered with Bibles that have been read from cover to cover.” Obviously, the Bible’s message “did the...
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A Belly Full of Hay

I’m beginning to wonder if it’s possible to be an atheist. Maybe I just don’t believe they exist. I mean, we’re worshiping creatures, right? So, for example, if a man lives for personal wealth and says he doesn’t believe in God, he’s not really an atheist, he’s a materialist. Money has become a g...
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A tip to avoid a Bible-reading breakdown

Mid-February is that time of year when many of our New Year’s resolutions go the way of the dodo. Perhaps you began the year resolved to read the Bible through in 2020, but time and circumstance have slowly dissolved your resolve. Trust me, as I continue my own annual trek through the Scriptures,...
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The “Frozen Chosen"

Someone sent me a link to an op-ed in Baptist News Global entitled, 3 words for the church in 2019: ‘we were wrong,’ and suggested I respond. The op-ed should be of deep concern to anyone who believes the Bible is the Word of God and is the final authority on all matters of faith and practice. ...
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Intersectionality & Woke Culture: A New Hermeneutic?

A controversy has recently sprung up that raises questions about how we interpret the Bible. John MacArthur, speaking in a panel discussion at “Truth Matters Conference,” was asked to give a “pithy” response to whatever word the moderator spoke. The word (actually two words) was “Beth Moore.” His...
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Is Jeremiah 29:11 For Me?

My devotion this morning took me through several chapters of Jeremiah, where I read the very popular verse that has been plastered on posters, printed on t-shirts, and posted on social media to the extent it has become somewhat cliché: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, p...
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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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