Category Archives: From Pastor’s Desk

Extravagant Love for Jesus

 
"And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me" (Mark 14:6).
In Mark 14, Jesus is on His way to Calvary. As He is in Bethany, in the home of Simon the leper, a woman expresses the depths of her love for our Lord by a costly sacrifice. We know from John 12 that the woman's name is Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. She broke an alabaster box of costly ointment and anointed the head … Continue Reading ››

First Things First

 
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
In his 1967 book, The Tyranny of the Urgent, author Charles Hummel taught his Christian readers to navigate the constant tension between the urgent and the important. He stressed the fact that the urgent things in daily life tend to crowd out the important things and that, while everything may be "urgent," not everything is "important." Would you agree with that? Quite often we find … Continue Reading ››

What Is Your Heart’s Desire?

"I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will" (Acts 13:22b).
David was certainly not perfect. He committed sins that most of us could not imagine, much less commit. Yet, in spite of his imperfections and sin, David sought to be righteous and his heart's desire was to do the will of God. In fact, in Paul's sermon recorded in Acts 13, he said concerning David, "For David, after he had served his own generation … Continue Reading ››

The Cost of Discipleship

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
"I am crucified with Christ..." - that's the EXECUTED life! As Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in his excellent book, The Cost of Discipleship, "When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die." We are to die to self, that … Continue Reading ››

Doing Great Things for God

 
[B]ut the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits (Daniel 11:32b).
Three ideas are contained in this passage. There is the thought of knowing God, being strong, and doing exploits. God's people are characterized by what they know, what they are, and what they do. Christians are to be set apart from the rest of the world in these three respects -- in the matter of knowing, being, and doing. Notice that these three characteristics of the believer are related, for only … Continue Reading ››

The Peace of Christ

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). Have you ever been out at sea during a storm?  Those who have say it's a very frightening experience!  The waves churn, the thunder rolls, the lightning flashes; yet a hundred feet beneath the surface of the water all is calm and serene. The peace of Christ is like that.  It's not the absence … Continue Reading ››

The Hope of the Righteous

The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death (Proverbs 14:32).
What a difference it makes when one knows Jesus Christ! At the time of death, the unbeliever is separated from God - driven away or thrust down - while the believer in Christ has hope. We often employ the word "hope" to express a longing for something for which there is little or no chance. But in biblical terms, hope expresses something completely different. It is an earnest expectation. … Continue Reading ››

Jehovah-Jireh: The Lord Will Provide (Genesis 22:14)

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, … Continue Reading ››

Time to Praise the Lord

"I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Psalm 34:1).
Many years ago a magazine related the story of a young man by the name of Ben who had a habit of grumbling and complaining. He complained about the weather, found fault with his family and friends, and allowed even the smallest things to upset him. Then one day he read this little rhyme: "When you have truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent, then you'll have very … Continue Reading ››

Is Tithing Valid for Christians Today?

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10).
I read an article recently where the author boldly declared that tithing is not for today, even stating that churches which teach tithing are guilty of taking money from the disadvantaged! Others … Continue Reading ››