A Final Thought July 7 2020

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spends time clarifying the true intention behind some of the commandments that God had given to Moses when they met on the mountaintop following the exodus from Egypt.  In the intervening centuries, Jewish rabbis had studied those commandments and interpreted them, adding their own clarifications as they taught them to succeeding generations.  During …

Pastor’s Perspective July 2 2020

Not once during this week did I give thanks to God for modern communications.  Like most Americans, I use my cell phone regularly for calls, text messages, and various apps that need access to some signal.  We have an internet connection at our home that allows several pieces of equipment to function as designed.  As communications technology has improved, it …

Pastor’s Perspective June 25 2020

In a normal year, this upcoming weekend would be a significant time of celebration on the island as two key days once again arrive on our calendars.  This Saturday, the fourth Saturday in June, is the date of the annual Daufuskie Day celebration that would bring back so many who have family ties to the island.  There would be story …

Pastor’s Perspective June 18 2020

Our dog Dasher is a rescue dog.  We picked him up from a local shelter when he was approximately 1 ½ years old, having spent several of those months in the shelter.  For the last five years, he has been a loved member of our family, quick to offer his affection to any who would stand still for the briefest …

Pastor’s Perspective June 11 2020

It has long been understood by those in the media that our consuming eyes are drawn to the sensational.  This is summed up in the simple statement “if it bleeds, it leads.”  Very seldom do feel-good stories lead the way in the news, as content providers instead focus on those stories that stir up feelings of fear or anger.  To …

Pastor’s Perspective June 4 2020

Fellowship has been one of the major points of emphasis at our Island church for the last five years.  We have emphasized it during our services, challenging those in attendance to get to know someone new to them.  We have emphasized it with fellowship meals following various church services, so that the bonds established in church can be strengthened with …

A Final Thought June 23 2020 – Love or Righteous Anger

In our message on Sunday, we spent time looking into the portion of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus is talking about the sixth commandment, thou shall not murder.  With the 5th anniversary of the church shooting at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston SC last Wednesday, and with the conflict throughout our nation right now, it seemed quite providential …

A Final Thought June 16 2020 – Jesus in the Law

As Jesus is preaching the Sermon on the Mount, he first preaches what is known as the Beatitudes and then the importance of being salt and light to the world before saying something about himself.  Yet what he says about himself in Matt 5:17 is a profoundly deep statement that is different than what many Christians think in regards to …

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