A Final Thought Dec 8 2020

The verb “hope” is defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as “to want something to happen, or to be true.”  For so many right now, it is the hope that tomorrow will be better than today that provides sufficient strength to persevere through a multitude of trials.  There is hope that newly created vaccines will put an end to the death and …

Pastor’s Perspective December 3 2020

Over the past several months, nearly everyone in the nation has altered their routine in some way to account for the presence of Covid-19 and various CDC guidelines.  Churches have certainly not been exempt from this disruption.  Some churches have closed their sanctuaries and opted for virtual services only.  Some churches initially closed their sanctuaries and then reopened them with …

A Final Thought December 1, 2020

There are several places throughout the Bible where the churches of an area are praised for certain behaviors.  Perhaps the most concentrated area where this happens is in the Book of Revelation where John is told to write letters to seven churches.  In these letters, there is praise for persevering in their faith, love, service, and deeds.  There is also …

Pastor’s Perspective November 26, 2020

On this Thanksgiving Day, I am acutely aware of the pain that so many have felt and are still feeling today, both in our community and in our nation.  This has been a hard year – a year unlike any that I can recall over the last 50 years.  The physical, emotional and spiritual toll will not be fully understood …

A Final Thought November 24, 2020

In Psalm 116, verse 12, the psalmist asks the question “What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?”  If I might dare to rephrase the question, I might put it this way: “How should I give thanks to God for what He has done for me?”  As we approach our national Day of Thanksgiving, this …

Pastor’s Perspective November 19, 2020

When an automobile manufacturer is developing a new vehicle model, part of the development process involves taking prototypes of the new vehicle out into a variety of testing scenarios.  The vehicles are driven in a variety of conditions, ranging from sub-zero and frozen to monsoon-like and muddy to blazing hot and dusty.  Engines are pushed to their limits, and engineers …

A Final Thought November 17, 2020

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he responded: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ c 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ d 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” We are commanded to …

Pastor’s Perspective November 12 2020

Normally, there is a well-established rhythm to life on our island.  Knowing and understanding what that rhythm is allows us residents to have a general plan for our year, as we know from past experiences when the island will be busy, when it will be slow, and when there will be moderate levels of activity.  Business owners and employees plan …

Pastor’s Perspective November 5 2020

There’s a popular saying that states “You are what you eat.”  While there’s considerable merit to that, I think it becomes even more applicable to our lives today when we change it to “You are what you consume.”  What we put into our bodies nutritionally definitely matters, but what matters even more is what we put into our minds.  The …

A Final Thought November 3 2020

Today is the day that Americans go to the polls and vote.  In the run-up to this election, there has been considerable discussion about how a Christian should vote, with strongly held opinions to be found in both of the major parties on the ballot.  Thankfully, there is no election to determine who the Messiah will be, as Jesus claimed …

Pastor’s Perspective October 29 2020

“But that is the way that we’ve always done it” is a common phrase used by people when a tradition is threatened.  We are creatures of habit, and when our habits are shared by enough people in regards to particular events or ways of doing things, we may begin to think more formally and collectively about those habits, elevating them …