A Final Thought September 22

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.”  With those, and a few other profound words, Jesus exhorts us to not let worry or anxiety rule our lives.  And, as is the case with so many of the statements of the Bible, this is …

Pastor’s Perspective September 17 2020

Multiple long-time friends here on the Island have recently sold their homes and are closing the chapter of their lives that included living on Daufuskie.  All of them have been here at least fifteen years, but they have now reached a point in their lives where they need easier access to family and the many modern conveniences available on the …

A Final Thought September 15 2020

If a pastor had told you that, as a condition of you accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you needed to sign a document that turned all of your assets and your income over to God with you named as steward of those items, would you have done it?  This isn’t the normal teaching of churches in America, but …

Pastor’s Perspective September 10 2020

A tragedy that could have been so much worse struck our island community last night.  At the Schnell family home, a fire broke out underneath the house.  The occupants were unaware of the growing danger beneath them, and it was only thanks to neighbors who noticed the growing flames that everyone was able to get out of the house with …

A Final Thought September 8 2020

It should be obviously redundant to say that someone is a praying Christian.  Indeed, Jesus knows no follower who isn’t a person of prayer.  His teachings on prayer, particularly within the Sermon on the Mount, are abundantly clear on this as he uses the phrase “when you pray” on multiple occasions and he gives us a model for prayer that …

Pastor’s Perspective September 3 2020

There’s a verse in Ecclesiastes that seems so very contrary to how we tend to live in 21st Century America, yet the wisdom is profound.  Verse 7:2 states “It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.” …

Pastor’s Perspective August 27 2020

This morning, as Hurricane Laura smashes northward through Louisiana, life has changed – perhaps permanently.  This morning as people wake up in cities shattered by violence and rioting, life has changed – perhaps permanently.  This morning as people say goodbye to loved ones who just took their last labored breaths, life has changed – permanently.  For so many people, today …

A Final Thought August 25 2020

Christians should be people of prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 states “pray without ceasing.”  In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus uses the phrase “when you pray” in verses 5, 6 and 7, before then saying in verse 9 “this, then, is how you should pray.”  Yet Christianity is not unique in a call to prayer.  Therefore, what should be a distinguishing point …

Pastor’s Perspective August 20 2020

I have various body parts that no longer function as well as they were designed.  While I realize that the passage of decades will do that to the human anatomy, something else has caused these particular issues.  The ankle that sometimes locks up, the knee that swells, and the shoulders that ache reflect injuries that are largely self-inflicted, yet those …

Pastor’s Perspective August 20 2020

I have various body parts that no longer function as well as they were designed.  While I realize that the passage of decades will do that to the human anatomy, something else has caused these particular issues.  The ankle that sometimes locks up, the knee that swells, and the shoulders that ache reflect injuries that are largely self-inflicted, yet those …

Pastor’s Perspective August 13 2020

The Jewish people living in Jerusalem in 444 B.C. had a problem.  The protective wall that had surrounded the city had been reduced to rubble more than a century earlier by the Babylonians, leaving the returning Israelites vulnerable to attack from bandits, wild animals or neighboring nations.  The residents of Jerusalem had focused largely on the work of rebuilding and …