Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, March 29, 2022

Let Us Build Our Future Upon God

On Sunday, March 27, 2022, the 94th Academy Awards program costing $42.9 million finally ended.  There were awards won, songs sung, dancers shimmied, and jokes resounded.  There was even a disturbing conflict that escalated into a slap in the face of a presenter.  


Today, we live in a world that promotes fantasy, entertainment, social media, and internet influencers. Any focus on the Lord, holiness, the Golden Rule, or the Ten Commandments seems old-fashioned.  Most are thinking about living free, looking out for number one, seeking pleasure, or grabbing all the gusto in life.  


While many people may not consider building their life upon God, God is always thinking about us. He wants to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).  He gave His Son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins (John 3:16).  He promised to never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). He desires for all of us to have eternal life with him (2 Peter 3:9, Ephesians 2:6).


Although the world wastes time on things that will not matter in eternity, we must remember that only the things that we do for Christ will last.  We should, therefore, build all our hopes, dreams, and aspirations on eternal things.  While the world can spend millions on temporal pleasures, let us be examples of those who are looking to our Savior, Jesus Christ, who started and perfected our faith in Him (Hebrews 12:2).  Let us build our lives upon the solid Rock of Jesus (Matthew 7:24-25).


Jeremiah 29:11

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11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


John 3:16

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16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Hebrews 13:5

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5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”


2 Peter 3:9

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9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.


Ephesians 2:6

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6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,


Hebrews 12:2

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2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Matthew 7:24-25

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24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.








Thursday, March 24, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, March 24, 2022

This is a reprint of a blog that we did on March 11, 2019.  We are in a challenging time with man's inhumanity to man all over the world. However, we have to remember 

God Gives Us The Victory In Every Situation

One of my favorite childhood superheroes was Superman played by George Reeves.  When he was hurt in the 1956 episode, “The Big Freeze,” I was devastated. Imagine my pain when news came in 1959 that George Reeves had died.  It was disappointing to know that the man who was "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!" "Yes, it's Superman- strange visitor from another planet who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men” was simply a man, no superhero, just a man.

In the Bible, we discover those who love the Lord are much more powerful than any mythical Superman.  At a child of God’s request, He made the sun to go backwards (2 Kings 20:9-11). The Bible says that we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). We know that since God is on our side, nothing or no one can defeat us (Romans 8:31).  

Bullets bounced off of Superman’s chest, but the Bible states that no weapon that is formed against those who obey God will prosper (Isaiah 54:17a). Superman could defeat some bad guys, but children of God have been given the ability to deal with bad bosses.  Super heroes cannot heal the sick, but the Bible says that believers will lay hands on the sick and they will recover in the Name of Jesus (Mark 16:18).

God gives us power to always defeat the enemies (2 Corinthians 2:14). Therefore we can conquer any challenges that may come our way, with God on our side. Mythical heroes usually travel alone, but God lets His angels surround us to protect and keep us wherever we go (Psalm 91:10-11). This is not to say that Christians are never defeated, but God promises us that He will always accompany us in spite of trying circumstances (Deuteronomy 31:6).  

This week may be challenging, but we don’t need to call for a superhero because the Greater One lives in us and He gives us power and He will be with you to guide you.  Remember all things are possible to those that believe (Mark 9:23) and God will give you the victory in every situation.

2 Kings 20:9-11
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Isaiah answered, “This is the Lord’s sign to you that the Lord will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?”
10 “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.”
11 Then the prophet Isaiah called on the Lord, and the Lord made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.

Philippians 4:13
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13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Romans 8:31
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31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Isaiah 54:17a
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17 no weapon forged against you will prevail…

Mark 16:18
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18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

2 Corinthians 2:14
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14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

Psalm 91:10-11
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10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

Deuteronomy 31:6
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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Mark 9:23
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23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, March 15, 2022

Our God Watches Over Us


In the February 15, 2022, edition of the Checkup by SingleCare, authors wrote an article entitled, Mental health statistics 2022.  In that article, they mentioned, “Mental health and substance use disorders affect 13% of the world’s population. That number could increase as people around the world shelter in place and adjust to a new normal amid the coronavirus pandemic.”  Doubtless the uncertainties surrounding the war in Ukraine will exacerbate these disorders. 


This statistic demonstrates the worry, anxiety, fear, and terror that many are experiencing. They don’t feel that the cavalry is coming, their end of days are drawing closer, and all hope has gone. The website “Knowing Jesus” various scriptures to remind us that God is watching over us.  Our Lord is looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to Him and who have put their total hope in Him (2 Chronicles 16:9a, Psalm 33:18).  I find it comforting to know that I am not in this alone.  God promises to look after me, instruct me and teach me where to go and what to do (Psalm 32:8).


We cannot hide from God, nor should we since He is watching us always (Job 34:21) and wants to bring me to a good end (Jeremiah 29:11).  Let us continue to remind ourselves that while we may feel alone, we are not alone.  We can comfort ourselves knowing that the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords is watching over us always and eternally. 

2 Chronicles 16:9a

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For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 


Psalm 33:18

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18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,


Psalm 32:8

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8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you


Job 34:21

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21 “His eyes are on the ways of mortals; he sees their every step.


Jeremiah 29:11

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11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Pastor's Pondering, March 8, 2022

 Let Us Pray For Our Fellow Refugees

For this week’s Pastor’s Ponderings, we discovered a powerful posting from a friend of our family, Selene Anderson. The author is not known at the time of this posting.  Please know that God wants us to be concerned about worldwide refugees.

Today, I found myself complaining about the rising cost of fuel and then I remembered I’d never had to run from missiles. I worried if I needed to stock up on a few staples and then realized I’d never had to send my children to school with their blood type taped on their backs. I shook my head at the thought of our young men and women heading  overseas and then remembered that for the Ukrainians war showed up on their doorsteps.


Then I decided- I won’t sit in my house in suburbia and brood over the downward turn of the stock market while people are literally facing death. Instead, I’m going to pray. I know that God will hear from heaven, he will lean down to listen when I pray. The Bible tells me that. I’m going to pray that whatever evil intends that God would turn it around for His glory. 


I’m going to pray that good would overcome evil and that it would happen sooner rather than later. I’m going to pray that God would hear the cry of every lost soul facing a war they didn’t want and come to their rescue. I’m praying for the overwhelming, supernatural presence of God Almighty in every corner of the world tonight. 


I came here to ask if you’d pray with me. Let’s fill the throne room with our voices as we call out for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. May God hear our prayers and turn this horrific situation around. If He can shut the mouths of hungry lions, split an entire sea in half and raise the dead- He can surely save Ukraine.  Please pray that He will.


Copied and pasted from a Facebook post

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, March 1, 2022

Let Us Support Our Fellow Refugees

James B. Coats, first published in 1940 a classic song, “Where Could I Go but to the Lord.”  Some of the lyrics were, “Where could I go but to the Lord? Where could I go oh, where could I go, seeking the refuge for my soul needing a friend to save me in the end? Won't you tell me, where could I go but to the Lord?  Those poignant lyrics reflect the growing refugee crises in the Ukraine where over five hundred thousand have fled the war zone and over five million people are expected to flee.


The evil one is using his followers to inflict pain and suffering on the world for private gain, power, and influence. As a result, we are seeing a continual flood of asylum seekers whose only crime is being near evil.  All over the world refugees are trying to escape drug traffickers, war lords, climate change conditions, poverty, and starvation.  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that at the end of 2020, for the first time in recorded history, the number of people forcibly displaced was 82.4 million, and over 26.4 million refugees. 


The Bible tells us that those who love the Lord should do all they can to help them (Matthew 7:12).  As we help them through our volunteer work, petitions, and supporting organizations that are benefiting them, we can also pray. The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous are powerful (James 5:16).  Jesus says that when you help them, you have helped Him (Matthew 25:40). Let those who love God ask Him for wisdom as to how we best can serve.  Truly, we are our brother’s keepers.


Matthew 7:12

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12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


James 5:16

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16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.


Matthew 25:40

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40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’