Pastor’s Perspective Jan 14 2021

When asked if he thought that God was on the side of the Union, President Abraham Lincoln responded by saying “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”  There is a similar sentiment expressed in the 5th Chapter of Joshua in the Bible’s Old …

A Final Thought Jan 12 2021

The thing in which we have our hope will determine our behavior.  When an entrepreneur places her hope in the free market, she will work hard and practice delayed gratification to build her business, which will then provide her with a comfortable financial life.  When a young man places his hope in a charismatic political candidate, he will volunteer and …

Pastor’s Perspective Jan 7 2021

This is an incredibly sad moment in the history of our nation.  That is not to say that the violence that shook the grounds of our nation’s capital is surprising.  The fact that it was predicable only adds to the sadness of the moment.  Our nation, which has been this ever-evolving experiment in freedom for the last 245 years, seems …

A Final Thought Jan 5 2021

The effectiveness of an organization depends greatly upon the devotion of the members of that organization to its mission.  Depending on the organization, there may be a number of external factors that influence success, but a unified membership that is devoted to a specific purpose will have the greatest opportunity to accomplish its reason for existing.  This is seen clearly …

Pastor’s Perspective Dec 31 2020

Our modern mapping technology is quite amazing regarding what it can do for us.  We put in a destination and we receive turn-by-turn instructions, estimated time of arrival, notice of hazards or traffic that may arise in the path ahead, and even suggestions for alternative routes.  With our focus on where we are heading, it becomes easy to lose sight …

A Final Thought Dec 29 2020

Romans 8:28 should provide considerable comfort to Christians who are experiencing any sort of turmoil or trouble. “28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” The promise that goes out to those who love God, those who have been called according to his purpose, …

Pastor’s Perspective Dec 24 2020

There is a very real conflict in the hearts of so many people right now.  Because it is 2020, with every experience that has come to define a year unlike any other, people are more than ready to turn the calendar page to a new year and a fresh start.  However, before we get to the beginning of 2021, we …

A Final Thought Dec 22 2020

Would you rather have one second of peace and calm followed by one trillion seconds of persecution and turmoil, or one second of persecution followed by one trillion seconds of unimaginably blissful peace?  The thing that happens for that one second, whether it is peace or persecution, is so miniscule, so temporary, that it is irrelevant compared to the thing …

Pastor’s Perspective Dec 17 2020

Today, as a ferocious winter storm pounds the north, summer is dawning in the southern hemisphere.  Right now, while it is dark over the west, the sun is rising in the east.  At this moment, a house is mourning as a loved one takes a final breath, while next door a house is celebrating as a newborn baby is welcomed …

A Final Thought Dec 15 2020

On the day that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, an angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds in a nearby field who were watching over their flocks.  The heart of the message given by the angel was profound.  In fact, it was then and remains today the perfect message for mankind.  “Today in the town of David a Savior has …

Pastor’s Perspective Dec 10 2020

In just a few weeks, there will be a race like no other as people around the globe seek to be the first to turn their calendars from December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021.  History will show that 2020 was a year of turmoil, destruction and division on a global scale, with lasting repercussions.  However, I can’t help but …