1. Getting Distracted From the Glory of Jesus
    13 Jul, 2018
    Getting Distracted From the Glory of Jesus
    But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.  To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 Maybe you've heard about the brouhaha yesterday involving Build-A-Bear.   If not, here's the basic gist . . . Build-A-Bear announced a sales event this week called Pay Your
  2. The Law Shows Us Our Sin
    10 Jul, 2018
    The Law Shows Us Our Sin
    What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, "You shall not covet."  But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. Romans 7:7-8 Has this ever happened to you? You see a sign that forbids something, and you suddenly have an overwhelming urge to do that
  3. God's Word Accomplishes
    09 Jul, 2018
    God's Word Accomplishes
    For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:10-11 Yesterday, I mentioned this passage before I read the Scripture for the sermon.  I said that there are times when if it
  4. Remembering the Source of Our Abundance
    06 Jul, 2018
    Remembering the Source of Our Abundance
    Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you. Deuteronomy 28:47-48  God's people were about to enter the Promised Land, and Moses tells the people what God says about the curses that will come upon them if they
  5. Caring for the Poor
    03 Jul, 2018
    Caring for the Poor
    If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.  Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, 'The seventh year, the year of release is near,' and your eye look grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing,
  6. Teaching Our Children Diligently
    02 Jul, 2018
    Teaching Our Children Diligently
    And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 I took a brief break from writing pastoral ponderings last week for several reasons.  The main reason was our VBS was off the chain, yo!  Speaking of VBS, we had some great volunteers who spent a lot of time and energy to help around a