August Column: Be Godly Men

August Column: Be Godly Men

1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. In the era of #metoo, promoting strong, masculine leadership seems like an act of aggression in our contemporary culture. Masculinity, in my opinion, has only become “toxic” as it has deviated from scriptural norms. This is precisely why the Lord promotes biblical manliness from the likes of Paul and others in holy scripture. The Bible is wonderfully clear in its distinction between the sexes, as it is concerning their roles they are to live into. To even state such truths today invites rabid attacks of...
July’s Newsletter Article: A Plea For Prayer!

July’s Newsletter Article: A Plea For Prayer!

Acts 1:14 ESV All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. Acts 2:42 ESV And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Joel 1:14 ESV Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord. In these three simple verses, it should be obvious that the act of corporate prayer is not only being regularly done by Christ's disciples,...
A June newsletter reflection

A June newsletter reflection

1 Cor 9:21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. It has been brought to my attention that as the body of Christ, we have disparate views on how we should treat worship in a corona-touched...
May Newsletter – A Resurrection Sunday Postscript.

May Newsletter – A Resurrection Sunday Postscript.

Revelation 14:12 ESV Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. I find it hard to believe Easter has come and gone! We need to remember its victorious and power inducing message in what is presently impacting the world. As we continue following our “Safer at Home” directive, the sturm und drang of our situation blows powerfully, even deafeningly, around us. Truthfully, it is hard to hear anything else. Yet even in the intensity of what has gripped us, our gracious and loving God remains in...
A Maundy Thursday Reflection

A Maundy Thursday Reflection

John 13:6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.”8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” (ESV) In the past, it was...
April’s Posting from the Pastor…

April’s Posting from the Pastor…

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” When the spectre of death comes close - due to the loss of a loved one, or even someone within our circle of acquaintances - many people have their feet taken out from under them. The life we move through, we share with others, we delight in, we talk about, we plan for, is suddenly revealed to be a far more tenuous anchor than we imagined. Confronted by...
Something to ponder and dig your teeth into!

Something to ponder and dig your teeth into!

Philippians 4:6 ESV Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Here is a great verse to meditate on as we move into week two of our time indoors. Without our usual worship routine and fellowship during studies, it's easy to start drifting off in front of the television, or working ourselves up reading articles about the virus. Our time could certainly be better spent. Hence the need for a spiritual task which refreshes and grows us as disciples of Christ. If there was a single...
Words of Reassurance

Words of Reassurance

Ps 91:3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler    and from the deadly pestilence.4 He will cover you with his pinions,    and under his wings you will find refuge;    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.5 You will not fear the terror of the night,    nor the arrow that flies by day,6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. 9 Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—    the Most High, who is my refuge—10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,    no plague come near your tent. Don't know about you, but when things begin to get a little hairy in my life, I always find comfort in the Almighty's...