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Pastor's Perspective

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

you’ll land among the stars.” 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.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 17:41

Boundaries, Worship and the Work of God

Written by Alan Cross

What if we stayed in a place and called it home? What if we persevered in relationships, even when they were hard? In the past, people would remain in towns and even neighborhoods where they grew up. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, childhood friends – all together, forging a life in community. It was hard to be anonymous. People would work jobs for decades, learning a craft and a trade and they would put down roots. Sure, people have always moved around for various reasons – economic, mostly. But, having traveled and built, we would often stay in one place. Our spiritual life was also a rooted affair. Many would grow up in churches, get married, and raise children in the same church.

I have a six year old daughter who has the gift of gab. The problem is that if you listen carefully to all she says you’ll notice pretty quickly that not everything is truthful. It’s not that she intends to deceive you, but her rapid fire narration sometimes jumps track for a moment into the realm of speculation and exaggeration. She’s a good girl who loves Jesus and others, but she’s human, and unfortunately her little flaw is all too common.

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