Pastor’s Blog

Prayer for Today

Matthew Henry, a pastor who lived 300 years ago, wrote a book on prayer called, A Method to Prayer, which has been very helpful to many pastors as they learn how to pray according to Scripture. The below prayer is a reading from this book. Please join with me in this prayer: We must acknowledge

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A Distant War No Longer

Until 9/11/2001, America had no memory of fighting a war on its own soil. All the wars that we have fought in the last century (going back to the Civil War) have been fought overseas. World War I (aka, The Great War) brought America face to face with a growing threat from Germany. World War

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Missionary Update from Jeff Kim in France

Just got off the phone with Jeff Kim, who is a missionary from our Presbytery to Auch, France.  He’s currently working on a team to develop outreach and service opportunities as well as identify and train French church planters. He, his wife Veronique, and young son Victor have endured through the cross-cultural adjustment and are

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Bible reading plan: Sin has Passions

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.” In this great chapter on our union with Christ, sin is personified. It is personified as a master (all who sin make themselves it’s slave), and here having passions. When I am tempted it sure seems to be my passions

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Bible reading plan: Character

In this morning’s reading in Romans 5 (McCheyne’s reading plan), Paul explains that suffering produces endurance which produces character which produces hope. Hope in the Bible is not merely wishful thinking, but a certainty of something not yet fully experienced. This points us to importance of character. The Christian is to be a person of

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Bible reading plan: Overcoming the World

Esther ends with the killing of 75000 enemies of the Jews in the provinces of Persia, and the killing of 800 in the capital of Susa, where the king dwells. Even in a hostile and alien nation God, in His silence, brings about the victory of His people over the forces of Satan that would

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Bible reading plan: For Such a Time as This

This week in the McCheyne Bible reading plan, Esther is in the assigned reading. I love the way the her story unfolds in chapter 4 when Mordecai learns of Haman’s evil plot to kill the Jews and instructs Esther to go and speak to the king. When Esther hesitates because she might be killed for

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Bible Reading Plan

I finished my third year using a Bible reading plan that takes you through the Bible in a year, and have started again this year. It’s really not as hard as it sounds to accomplish. If you’ve never tried it, please consider it. There are lots of good reading plans available (at least three can

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Advent Season: The Scandal of the Incarnation

During the Christmas advent season this year we will look at the birth of Jesus in terms of the scandalous idea of God becoming man and taking on flesh. This was a stumbling block to the Jews of the 1st Century and to many people still today. Looking through church history, especially the first few

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