1. Bearing Fruit in Season
    07 Jan, 2019
    Bearing Fruit in Season
    Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.  Psalm 1:1-3 How many of you know that January 6th is Apple Tree Day? I didn't know until yesterday. I have to admit, I thought it
  2. Don't Harden Your Hearts on the Journey
    25 Sep, 2018
    Don't Harden Your Hearts on the Journey
    Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.  Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.'  As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.'"  Hebrews 3:7-11 I don't know if you realize it or not, but we're on a journey. The
  3. Cast Your Burden on Lord
    22 Aug, 2017
    Cast Your Burden on Lord
    Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.  Psalm 55:22 I've been involved in pastoral ministry for around 12 years.  That's not really a long time or anything, but during these past 12 years I've found something to be true about all of us.   Every single one of us has some type of burden we bear.  Some burdens are relatively small and light.  Some burdens are extraordinarily large and heavy.  But all of us have some type of burden
  4. Suffering as a Good Soldier of Christ Jesus
    20 Jun, 2017
    Suffering as a Good Soldier of Christ Jesus
    Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 2:3 No one in their right mind wants to suffer.   Pain and anguish are not valued as a desired state of being.   We don't willingly pursue hardships, difficulties, or misfortunes.   It's really not a laughing matter when a person says, "Gloom, despair, and agony on me, deep dark depression, excessive misery." Suffering is not what any of us really want. And yet suffering is part of this fallen world.  We all face suffering
  5. Enduring Community
    09 May, 2017
    Enduring Community
    May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 15:5-6 I remember reading the passage above to a church group one day, and I was a bit surprised when someone jokingly pointed out how living in harmony with one another must take endurance.  After all, the passages says it is "the God of endurance" who grants living in