a word from the pastor

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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Restoring an Erring Brother

What would you do if you discovered that a brother in Christ was involved in some kind of sinful practice? Or if you witnessed him in some kind of compromising position? Men often avoid confronting an erring brother even though the Bible makes it clear that it’s our responsibility to do so. Guys ...
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Sorting out the Moral Failure of Leaders

Along with the viral pandemic of 2020, a similar moral pandemic spelled the end of ministries known worldwide for their gospel influence. Of particular noteworthiness to me was the posthumous discovery of sexual sin in the life of Ravi Zacharias. I was devastated and heartbroken to learn that the...
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“Do You See This Woman?”

In Luke 7, our Lord Jesus sits down for a meal at the home of Simon, a Pharisee. As they dine, a woman known of ill repute enters and begins to wash the Savior’s feet with her tears and wipe them with her hair. Taking offense, Simon begins to think, “If this man were a prophet, he would have know...
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The Power to Persist in Pandemic

Teaching through Paul’s letters to his young protégé Timothy has reminded me just how relevant the Word of God is to every situation we might face in this life, even pandemic. One verse in particular that speaks to our current crisis is 2 Timothy 1:7. Encouraging the young pastor in Ephesus, Paul...
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A Spiritual Taste Test

It’s been said that stressed vines make the best wine, meaning the harder the vine works to produce fruit, the more vibrant the flavor. In similar fashion, God uses difficult times to produce within us a vibrant faith, making us more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, generous, and self-con...
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Are There Cracks in Your Foundation?

“If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3) It seems the contagion known as COVID-19 is constantly evolving in its deadly grip on our nation. The virus is incredibly contagious, and Carroll County has made national headlines with a severe outbreak reported in a Mt...
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Our Responsibility to the Poor

I was recently informed of something interesting that took place last Sunday after the service. Andy, one of our lay pastors, had brought a message on the parable of the Good Samaritan. Upon leaving the building, those in attendance discovered a family in need that had pulled into the parking lot...
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Who Me? Holy?

There is an amazing statement in the Bible made by the Shunamite woman to her husband about the prophet Elisha: “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way.” (2 Kings 4:9) She didn’t say Elisha was a famous man, successful, or handsome, but holy. I believ...
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Closing the Door to Satan

C.S. Lewis wrote: “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.” In an age that mocks anything spiritual, it would be easy to fall i...
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