Pastor's Perspective
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:17

The Need for Intimacy

Written by Andy Hepburn

 

What do people really need? In working with people and searching the Scriptures for the past 42 years, I’ve learned that humans are looking for something. Perhaps this something is not what you might expect.  If high priced commercials and the various forms of immorality that are made available throughout the electronic world and especially America are indicative, you might think what people are looking for is a neurotic pleasure. This is what the world is selling, but is it what we really desire?  I believe what we desire is described in Josh McDowell’s blog title, “Searching for Intimacy.”

Friday, 08 February 2013 14:57

Avoiding “Someday” Syndrome

Written by John Schmidt

 

“Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.”

Alan Sachs

 

The “Someday” Syndrome is a spiritual malady that causes us to settle for comfort and safety rather than God’s purpose for our lives. People of all ages and backgrounds suffer from this syndrome and it can be contagious. It is fairly easy to spot “Someday” Syndrome in others, but we often fail to diagnose this problem in ourselves.  A quick way to tell if you have it is to evaluate your responses to the following statements:

“Shoot for the moon and even if you fall short,

you’ll land among the stars.”

Okay...you do realize that the stars are actually farther away than the moon, right?  Too often we say we’re pursuing something great when we’re actually lowering our sights.

 

It is a terrifying feeling. The storm is raging. The power is out. Your lights are off and your fear is on. But relief flies in when the lights return. Anxiety takes flight when your lights reignite!

 

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 00:36

What is Sin?

Written by Pastor Billy Reinhardt

What is sin? 1 John 3:4 says, “Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law.”  If sin is “breaking of law,” then what law or whose law are we breaking? Obviously, we are breaking God’s law. Romans 3:23 defines sin as falling short of the “glory of God.” Both passages mentioned here reference not just what I’ve done (I have sinned), but what I’ve done in relation to another, namely, God Himself (falling short of His glory, breaking His law, etc.).

 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 14:32

Whose Church Is It Anyway?

Written by Reverend Carmen Falcione

 

The church is not a building or an event.  It is identified as the “called out ones, a gathering of believers.”  We are the church.  It is His Church.  The Church was not created for our benefit.  The church was created by God for His great pleasure and His glory! 

 

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 20:35

Living as Exiles

Written by Pastor Wade Rials, Thorington Road Baptist Church

At Thorington Road Baptist Church our current series has us on a journey through the letter of 1 Peter. This is proving to be a time of self-discovery as we encounter the incredible similarity between the 21st century American Church and the churches that Peter addressed this letter towards. If you have turned on the television over the last few weeks, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discover that we have entered the political season/Twilight Zone.

Suppose you’ve booked a flight to another city. Before you are permitted to board the plane, you must first have your baggage checked. Airport security is looking for a couple of things. First, they’ll put your bag on a scale to make sure it’s not overweight. Second, they’re looking to see if you’re carrying anything harmful or dangerous. It’s okay for you to carry clothes with you, but not bombs.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:57

Stephen and the Stiffnecks

Written by Joe Martin, Venture Church

I’ve been working through Acts and recently came to the text concerning the arrest and martyrdom of Stephen (Acts 6:13-7:42).Stephen is arrested by a mob and brought before the council under the same charges that Jesus was accused of; blasphemy of Moses through alteration of the law and blasphemy towards God through hostility towards the Temple (Acts 6:13-14). While Stephen is on trial, he quickly turns the tables on his prosecutors. He begins by addressing them with respectful terms like “brothers and fathers,” but by the end of his address, he calls them “stiff-necked” and “uncircumcised.”

Like most people I am usually very diligent in keeping track of my appointments. I add them to my Blackberry, write them on my calendar, review them with my administrative assistant, and sometimes post reminders at home or in the car. Of course the appointments of which I am speaking are “my” appointments and they are important to “me.” Recently, however, I have been confronted with my failure to observe some other appointments that are just as important as my own self-generated appointments.

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