Pastors’ Blog

Pray for Our Nation – It’s the Best Response to the Election

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility,  by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”   (Ephesians 2:14-16) “For He himself is our peace!”  Are you feeling anxious or fearful about our nations future? As you watch the news do you wonder where we are going as a people? He Himself is our peace. The news is not our peace. Politics is not our peace. Advocacy groups is not our peace. Christ is our peace. Let the peace of Christ settle you no matter what you see on TV or on the…

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Our “New Vision”

Change is hard to accept for some reason. Even though we live in a world of change, people do not like change. I remember my daughter, Ariel, weeping in response to me shaving my mustache off. Her response taught me something about human beings. Most of us do not like change. Change throws us off. The same is true of church members. I remember consoling a member of another church who asked, “Why do Pastors feel the need to come in and change everything.”  They had just welcomed a new Pastor to their church. He had been there for six months and was advocating several changes. He wasn’t changing everything. But he was making his mark on the ministry. She interpreted it as “changing everything,” which highlighted something I knew about people, even church members: People do not like change. Perception does not always fit reality. I know people tend…

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Just being the Church One of the misunderstandings people have had about our “new” vision is that it’s socially driven. The confusion was the result of using terms like multi-ethnic and diverse. People equate multi-ethnic with multiculturalism. Not a few have experienced sensitivity training at their workplaces which seems to be all about not offending anyone and not so much about creating community. Multiculturalism has led to quotas, busing, and unfair hiring practices where ethnicity was the determining factor for employment (or entrance into school) and not qualifications. This has led to a reverse discrimination within our culture and increased racial resentment.  It’s come to point that any offense is referred to as a “micro-aggression.” People are afraid to say anything in fear of making a  verbal mistake and being labeled a bigot of some form. Our vision is far from a forced and contrived social agenda. The culture does…

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Perfectionism

Here’s the video I promised. I showed the mini-movie on June 26th. It’s powerful. I edited the original film.  This version contains a short opening and the credits. It is the best portrayal of the drive for perfection, where it comes from, its negative effects upon a person and what to do about it.  

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The Book of Revelation                            June 5 – August 14th You don’t want to miss this elective.  People have a lot of questions about the future. Many film makers are diving in the topic with varying takes on the future. In fact this Memorial Weekend another X-men movie is being released and the subtitle?  Apocalypse! Most films present a pretty bleak outlook on to the future.  What does the Bible say about the end?  Is the end bleak and as dark as current filmmakers foresee.  The answers to these questions and others  are locked within the Book of Revelation!  The problem is the book is written in code. To answer these questions you need to know the book is written in code and you need to know how to decipher that code – which we will,  It’s been decoded for a long time but that information has not been passed down very well. …

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Link to the song: “Through It All” by Colton Dixon

A lot of people asked for the link to the video/song that I closed the series with – here is:

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Walking with God through Pain & Suffering – Coming Up This Sunday!

The pain and trials we go through are bad enough. The event itself can do incredible damage. What we need is help. Someone to join us in out sorrows and share in them. Having someone there with us is so helpful, usually but not always. Sometimes while meaning to comfort us people can say some of the most hurtful things, deepening our pain. I’ve heard people say to parents who lost a child:  “You know God wanted a beautiful flower for His garden so He picked yours!”  Poor theology spoken form the mouth of a shallow Christian can do as much damage as the event itself.  Fortunately I was able to offer the parents the truth:  “Our God is the creator. If he wanted a flower for his garden he would create one. He would never take your child!”  Death, pain, tears, loss these are all enemies of God.  He is working…

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Pain & Suffering Week 1 Facing the Furnace

Jesus told us, “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33) He was right. Suffering is a part of our fallen, broken world. Often we bring trouble on ourselves through foolish choices made out of desperation or naivety. But not always. People die from jumping off cliffs but sometimes the cliffs come down in an avalanche and wipe away innocent people. Others are deeply wounded by people who misuse their freedom and do awful things to others. History is rife with examples of humanity’s inhumanity toward one another. What do we do with the scars we carry with us? It doesn’t really matter how the scars got there does it. They are there nonetheless. Knowing why won’t take them away.  They are there. So what do we do with them?  The answer is:  Cry out to God!  Turn to God with your pain and sorry, your questions and agony,…

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“There is no intimacy without finalities”

Someone asked after service:  “In a relationship, don’t the parties involved have to adapt to each other?” I said, “Yes.”  The person responded, “All I heard was about how we had to adapt to God’s finalities. Sounded like we have to give in to God all the time and He doesn’t have to change at all. How fair is that?” That’s a good question!  You are right.  In an intimate relation, like a marriage, both parties have to give and take and adapt to each other.  But hasn’t God indeed adapted to us already? Didn’t He leave His home, put on our humanity, and live among the squalor we call earth? Didn’t he adapt his language to our language and speak to us in ways we can understand? Moreover, didn’t he adapt His sinless life to our sinful life, taking our sin upon Himself? Dsidn’t He die the death we…

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Final Message on Doctrine!  The Week:  The Lordship of Jesus Christ! You’ll hear this phrase often in Churches:  “Jesus is Lord!”  But what does it mean?  What claim does Jesus have on our lives and what is its extent?  This is important because our culture continually plummets with messages like:  “Be your own person!”  “Don’t let anyone or any religion tell you what you should think, believe or do. You decide what is right and wrong for you.”  “You are the Captain of your ship.” “There is no absolute truth. Trust is whatever works for you.”  In theological circles the conversation is a bit different.  In seminaries across our count you’ll hear: “The Holy Spirit is speaking a new Word.” ‘That was Paul!  Paul was a racist, sexist, homophobe who let his culture influence his theology.”  “We need to progress past the Apostles and Jesus. We can’t let the Church…

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3 thoughts on “Pastors’ Blog

  1. Hi Pastor Richard,
    The subject of Abraham’s faith in Heb. 6:25 — he waited patiently waiting for an heir that God promised him. But what I read in Genesis is he listened to Sarah’s advice to have an heir by their maid servant, Hagar! So he couldn’t wait? But to me this is not a big deal…. It’s just disturbs me a little of where the Muslims came from??
    Of course I will not bring this up in our MBS.
    Sam

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