A Father’s Day Gift


From Pastor’s Desk:

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who begets a wise child will delight in him. – Proverbs 23:24 NKJV

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Hopefully, and prayerfully, many fathers are greatly rejoicing and delighting in righteous and wise children, as I am. I am ever thankful that God has blessed my wife and I with children, and grandchildren, who personify the qualities mentioned in Pro. 23:24. As Father’s Day is fast approaching, there is nothing more satisfying than to know that our legacy is already being lived out in the lives of our children and grandchildren. My wish and prayer has always been that my children grow up to be much better than I ever could be. I thank God that he has allowed me to see that they are. Nothing in this world could be a better ‘Father’s Day’ gift!

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The Other Side of Transition


From Pastor’s Desk:

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, – Philippians 3:20 NKJV

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It is rather peculiar that Christians who are eagerly waiting for the Savior are homesick for a place they’ve never been. It causes a longing to leave this world to go and be with our Lord for eternity. End of life is not really an end of life for the one who eagerly waits, but rather just a transition from here to there. Should the Lord tarry, we will have to walk through that mysterious ‘tunnel’ of death, but, O, the indescribable bliss that awaits us on the other side!

Paul says in 2 Cor. 4:17-18, “…our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (NKJV)

The reality of pain, suffering, and grief experience here will subside the very second we step to the other side of the transition!Sunset over Mountain Range

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Nothing but Good


From Pastor’s Desk:

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13 NKJV

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What a pleasure it is to give to our children those things they desire when they are doing right! It is a joy to see the excitement on their faces as they receive from our hand something they thought they would, probably, never receive. Isn’t it that way with us? Tarrying along life’s journey, desiring things that we just ‘know’ we will never receive, when, suddenly, God drops something into our life for which we had been longing. Now, it must line up with His will for our lives, but isn’t it a blessed thought to know that God Himself longs to give us that thing or those things? And, how much more, the verse says, because there is nothing good about us but nothing but good about Him!

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Heaven’s Declaration


From Pastor’s Desk:

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. Psalm 19:1-2 NKJV

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The heavens declare his glory
The dove toils not but is fed
Lilies are arrayed in glory
The heavens are his He has said…

So says a song by The Cathedrals.

Step out into nature and be careful to stop, look, and listen. If you do that with all senses open, you will see the truth of Psalm 19:1-2. Besides that, His mercies are fresh and new every morning.

The thing we have guard against is letting the distractions of the world, and the schemes of our enemy, the devil, take our minds off the wondrous declarations of His glory. The day goes so much better if won’t let that happen.

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A Free Gift


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From Pastor’s Desk: 6-11-17

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–

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By definition grace is “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification: approval, favor: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic.”

The Greek word χάρις charis (khar’-ece), is graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): – acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

Because this unmerited favor of God is a gift, it necessitates no action on our part aside from acceptance of it. In fact, when considering life before Christ, there were times when grace was extended without us knowing it had been applied.

Payment, money or otherwise, given for something done, constitutes an earned wage, thus cannot be categorized as a gift.

When a gift is given, however, there would have been a price paid by the giver. So, while the gift is free to the recipient, it does have a price attached to it.

This grace whereby we are saved, this gift from God, actually cost the ultimate price, that being the very life of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. It is through faith in that, and that only, that we are saved.

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A Free Gift


From Pastor’s Desk: 6-11-17

Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–

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By definition grace is “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification: approval, favor: a charming or attractive trait or characteristic.”

The Greek word χάρις charis (khar’-ece), is graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): – acceptable, benefit, favour, gift, grace (-ious), joy liberality, pleasure, thank (-s, -worthy).

Because this unmerited favor of God is a gift, it necessitates no action on our part aside from acceptance of it. In fact, when considering life before Christ, there were times when grace was extended without us knowing it had been applied.

Payment, money or otherwise, given for something done, constitutes an earned wage, thus cannot be categorized as a gift.

When a gift is given, however, there would have been a price paid by the giver. So, while the gift is free to the recipient, it does have a price attached to it.

This grace whereby we are saved, this gift from God, actually cost the ultimate price, that being the very life of His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. It is through faith in that, and that only, that we are saved.

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Deer’s Feet


From Pastor’s Desk:

The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills… Habakkuk 3:19 NKJV

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Deer can go where nothing and no one else can go. More than that, they can go quicker. They are the most sure-footed animal. They travel in places that defy logic, and sometimes, it seems, even gravity. Speed, agility, and stamina is their defense against their enemy.

I would challenge the reader to see John Gill’s Commentary, as he gives great commentary on this verse. Just a short excerpt: …they can go upon rocks and mountains securely, and tread and walk, and even run upon them with safety; and this sense is directed to, not only by what follows, concerning “walking” on “high places”; but by the word here used, which signifies to “make”, or “set”, fix, place, order, and settle; and this agrees with the nature of those creatures, whose feet are not only swift, but firm; they tread sure and stable; hence hinds and harts are by the poets called the “brasen footed hinds”, or “harts”; because of the firmness and stability of their going; and it is an observation of Jarchi’s, that the feet of the females stand firmer and more upright than the feet of the males; wherefore, both here, and in (Psalms 18:33) , not harts, but hinds, are made mention of…

Usually, there is not much forage on the high hills. Deer, however, can find sustenance where it is scarce, and thus dwell there, where the enemy can be more easily and readily seen.

We are given strength by God to become like the deer, and dwell upon the high hills. He not only gives strength, He IS our strength.

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