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 …

A Final Thought August 18 2020

Does God exist?  This is a critical question for us to answer, for it is a question with potentially eternal consequences.  However, it seems that the question that we hear asked more often is a variation of this short query.  We are more likely to hear someone ask “Do you believe in God?”  There is a significant distinction between the …

A Final Thought August 11 2020

When Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes, and proclaims “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”, he sets in motion a direct contrast between how people have been approaching worship and how God desires to be worshipped.  The people had believed that they were good enough, and that if they …

Pastor’s Perspective August 6, 2020

The Jewish patriarch Joseph had a roller coaster life.  As a young boy, he was his father’s favorite and even received from him the gift of a beautiful and colorful robe.  His brothers, out of utter disdain, sold Joseph into slavery.  He experienced joy as a son, and sorrow as a slave.  Yet while a slave, he earned his master’s …

A Final Thought August 4 2020

According to Jewish law as recorded in Leviticus Chapter 15, a woman who has a discharge of blood shall be deemed ceremonially unclean for as long as the bleeding continues.  So long as she is ceremonially unclean, anyone who touches her or anything that she sleeps on or sits on becomes unclean as well.  Being unclean meant not being welcome …