Category Archives: From Pastor’s Desk

“Stir Up the Gift of God” (Vance Havner)

2 Timothy 1:6

"I believe that Timothy was afflicted with a constitutional timidity. Paul reminds him to let no man despise his youth, and to the Corinthians he wrote: 'Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be among you without fear' (1 Cor. 16:10). He was a splendid young preacher, with good ancestry and in dead earnest, but he needed to be set on fire.... "Paul advises Timothy to kindle the sacred Flame within him ... There come times … Continue Reading ››

God Is Our Hope and Our Help

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46:1).
This verse is rich in positive statements about the person and power of the God of this universe for every soul. Notice three things that should give comfort to the heart of every believer and inspire courage and confidence. 1. THE PROTECTION OF GOD IS PROMISED "God is our refuge." The place of safety and security is found in the loving care of God, Who has promised to be with His own (Isaiah 43:2), … Continue Reading ››

America’s Spiritual Foundation

"If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3) America is unique in her Christian origin and way of life ever since the Mayflower landed in 1620. The very purpose of the Pilgrims was to establish a government based on the Bible. The New England Charter, signed by King James I, confirmed this goal: "...to advance the enlargement of the Christian religion, to the glory of God Almighty..." Daniel Webster wrote, "Lastly, our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment. … Continue Reading ››

The Bible Has the Answers

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (II Timothy 3:16).
While visiting in the hospital recently, a dear lady remarked to me, "I've been reading my Bible, and it's amazing to me how it answers the questions of life." Most people who get around to reading the Bible for themselves are amazed to discover how many questions it answers. Someone has said, "The B-I-B-L-E stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth." Beyond … Continue Reading ››

What Do You Think about God?

"The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts" (Psalm 10:4).
This verse reflects the state of the natural man, or the man apart from Jesus Christ. He will not seek after God. He will not call upon God nor inquire of Him as to what is right or what is wrong, but will do what seems right in his own eyes. The root cause of this attitude of neglecting the Person and the will … Continue Reading ››

How Can We Pray for Missionaries?

Strategic prayer for missionaries involves an understanding of their life and work. The Scriptures draw our attention to numerous aspects of the needs and struggles missionaries consistently face. The apostle Paul himself made reference on multiple occasions to his overwhelming need for the prayers of others. Consider Paul' s A to F prayer requests:
  1. ACCEPTANCE by co-workers (other believers) - "[T]hat my  service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints" (Romans 15:31b).
  2. BOLDNESS in witnessing - "And for me, that utterance … Continue Reading ››

What Are You Waiting For?

 
"If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there shall it be. He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap" (Ecclesiastes 11:3-4).
Farming has never been easy work, and this was especially true in ancient Israel. The Jews were faced with tilling a very hard, rocky soil. In addition, no one can predict … Continue Reading ››

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 ››