Monday, May 23, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, May 23, 2022

What Does God Want For Me?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”


That classic passage by Marianne Williamson in her book, Return to Love, is a powerful argument against preventing our dreams from turning into reality. God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27) and during creation he called everything that He had made good (Genesis 1:31). He declares that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).  He has given us everything that relates to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). He says that we are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).  Since God gave us His only Son, Jesus Christ, would he not freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)?


Some of us have convinced ourselves that we should not be prosperous although Christ impoverished Himself so that we could be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).  Others have convinced us that we should not expect to be healed because everybody does not get healed. This is not to glorify worldly success according to the world’s standards but for the children of God to turn to Him and turn from defeatism to victory, from poverty to prosperity, and from despair to hope in the true and living God.  We may be challenged or anxious in our current circumstances, but God wants us to know that we are to be successful in all that we do. 


Genesis 1:27

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27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.


Genesis 1:31

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31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.


Psalm 139:14

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14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.


2 Peter 1:3

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3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.


Deuteronomy 28:13

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13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.


Romans 8:32 

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32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things.


2 Corinthians 8:9

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9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.







Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, May 18, 2022

God Is Looking For People To Help Others

Nina Golgowski wrote an article in the May 15, 2022, U.S. News entitled, “Security Guard 'Went Down Fighting' While Taking On Buffalo Mass Shooter.” The article went on to say that instead of taking cover, “He went towards the gunfire, he went towards the fight."  No doubt he saved lives.


The former police officer put his life on the line to save others.  The Bible says that there is no greater love for others than to lay down your life for your friends (John 15:13). But this officer did something greater.  He laid down his life for strangers. This is a hard task.  Are we willing to lay aside our creature comforts, our pleasure, or even our morning coffee so that others can benefit? 


The Bible says that God is looking for someone to change their lives and protect their country (Ezekiel 22:30). Hopefully we are not a nation of citizens solely focused on ourselves.  There are people among us who are more concerned about others' welfare rather than their own, others’ lives more than their own, or others' benefit more than their own. The Bible tells us to love our neighbors just like we love ourselves (Mark 12:31).  Let us be lovers indeed rather than simply lovers in words. Are there any more Aaron Salter Jrs in the house?


John 15:13

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13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.


Ezekiel 22:30

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30 “I asked the people to change their lives and protect their country. I asked people to fix the walls. I wanted them to stand by those holes in the wall and fight to protect their city. But no one came to help!


Mark 12:31 

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31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” This link to the word of encouragement will arrive weekly.  If you would like to unsubscribe, please reply to with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject.







Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, May 11, 2022

God is Everything

What gets you up in the morning and activates you to start your day?  Is it your resources, your employment, your friends and relatives, or your own experiences?  Those things will eventually pass away.  But there is something that can lead you to jump up and be ready for the new day.  It is that God is in charge! We can happily proclaim that this is the day that the Lord has made, and we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24)!


The evil one wants our attitudes to be tied to people, places, and things.  When these go south, our attitudes should also go south.  But God wants us to know that despite everything else, He is the same, yesterday day, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  He wants us to know that He is present and helping us when we are in trouble (Psalm 46:1).  


God wants us to focus on Him who began and perfects our faith (Hebrews 12:2).  He wants us to base our lives on things which are eternal and everlasting and not on most things that are temporary.


Edward Mote, 1797-1874 wrote a song entitled, 


My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.


Even the rich and powerful, the mighty institutions, the wealthy nations all have their beginnings and eventual endings.  Let us keep our focus on the One that helps us to do anything (Philippians 4:13) and who holds our past, present and future in His hands. He loves us, wants the best for us and desires that we come to a glorious place with Him (Jeremiah 29:11). Let us know that our God is our source for everything that we will ever need.


Psalm 118:24

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24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad


Hebrews 13:8

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8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.


Psalm 46:1 
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6 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble


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.


Philippians 4:13

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


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







Monday, May 2, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, May 2, 2022

I Will Be Glad When….

Many times, we will say, “I will be glad when…” my ship comes in, when I win the lottery, when I am released from confinement, when I get married, when my spouse changes this or that, when I get divorced or when I graduate.” We base our joy, peace and happiness on circumstances that will always change. 


However, the Bible says we should be content in whatever state in which we find ourselves (Philippians 4:11).  Contentment has been defined as “independent of external circumstances.” Godliness, with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).  


No matter what comes or goes, we should decide every day that “This is the day the Lord has made” and in response, we will rejoice and be glad (Psalm 118:24).  This does not mean that we do not protest and struggle against trouble and challenges in the world, but we are content while we struggle.


We may never reach our milestones, but we can ask God for His strength to reach His.  If we seek His righteousness, all other THINGS will be added to us (Matthew 6:33).  We can be content when we know that God is pleased with our lives. 


Philippians 4:11

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11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.


1 Timothy 6:6
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6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 

Psalm 118:24

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24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.


Matthew 6:33

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33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.