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From The Pastor's Desk May 2019

Posted on May 1, 2019 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)
What God is calling us to do in this passage is to avoid being involved with sinful activity. Often that means that we have to separate ourselves to some degree from people involved in the sins. That requires conscious choices and decisions. It is said that Christians lose their non-Christian friends within three years. That largely happens due to a change in lifestyle and interests. I've had several parishioners in the past who actually felt bad because they lost friends when they quit the part... Read Full Post »

From The Pastor's Desk April 2019

Posted on March 30, 2019 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)
As we approach Holy Week with all its drama and emotion, I would like to take this opportunity to focus on the cross and its significance for us who believe. Jesus purposefully endured the physical pain and spiritual alienation that accompanied the Calvary event. Although His humanity longed for another way to accomplish salvation, Jesus willingly hung on the cross and shed His blood to pay the penalty for our sin. We should never become calloused to the horrific nature of Jesus' sacrifice. He s... Read Full Post »

From The Pastor's Desk March 2019

Posted on February 26, 2019 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Worry for some people is like a badge of honor. They not only accept the fact that they worry a lot, they seem to glory in it. Allowed to flourish in one's life worry can become a preoccupation or a habit. Certainly it is not something to be proud of. In truth, worry ultimately indicates a lack of faith in God. Since Jesus teaches us not to worry, it quickly becomes sin to us and needs to be dealt with. Like all sin it is destructive and harmful to our lives. What do people tend to worry abo... Read Full Post »

From The Pastor's Desk February 2019

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)
The snow on the ground reminds me of the forgiveness and cleansing of Christ that comes to every sinner who repents. It is a beautiful expression of God's love that so often we take for granted. God not only grants us a reprieve from the ultimate consequences of our sin, He also scrubs away the defiling residue of sin that would threaten to stain our image or self-worth. Can you grasp how infinitely valuable is the cleansing grace of God? He not only takes away our deserved punishment for sin, H... Read Full Post »

From The Pastor's Desk December 2018

Posted on November 24, 2018 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)
But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23b) It is not quite Thanksgiving yet, but the Christmas gift buying season is already underway. Stores are gearing up for the purchasing frenzy that could make or break their fiscal year. Consumers are readying their lists and their credit cards for buying sprees that will sap their energies and finances. Many people bemoan the commercialization of Christmas, but does not seem to be able to break free from the rat race an... Read Full Post »

From The Pastor's Desk: July 2018

Posted on June 21, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)
Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31b-32) On July 4, America will celebrate its political freedom from England. This is the date in 1776 when our political forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence, declaring the 13 colonies free from the King's authority. The boldness and sacrifice of those early leaders, and subsequent actions, led to the many civil freedoms we enjoy today. ... Read Full Post »

From The Pastor's Desk: July 2017

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." Psalm 34:8 We recently canned black cherries. They are so good fresh that when you start eating them it is hard to stop. That's the way it is with some foods. You can hardly get enough. The psalmist, David, carries that sentiment over to our relationship with the Lord. He believed that if we would simply get a taste of God in our lives we would want more and more of Him. To taste God is a pretty unique way of ... Read Full Post »

From The Pastor's Desk: June 2017

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)
"If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob." Isaiah 58:113-14 Isaiah, the prophet, was reminding Israel of the importance of kee... Read Full Post »

From The Pastor's Desk: May 2017

Posted on May 11, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Luke 12:25-26 Worrying is a harmful trap of Satan that steals the time and emotional energy from many people, even Christians. Frankly, it???s sinful because Jesus told us not to do it. It???s also a huge waste of time because much of what people worry about never materializes. Worry reflects fear and fear results from deficient faith in God. Do we believe God ... Read Full Post »

From The Pastor's Desk: April 2017

Posted on May 11, 2017 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)
On April 23, we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the West Side Brethren in Christ Church. This special occasion will be a testimony to the faithfulness of God to us. There will be one morning service at 10 AM with a number of special features concluding with a fellowship meal. Bishop Rob Patterson will be our guest speaker. West Side was begun as a church plant supported by five local Brethren in Christ churches. Rev Ed Rickman was the founding pastor. He helped assemble the initial... Read Full Post »

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