Pastor's Perspective
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.

Tuesday, 06 March 2012 16:35

Living a Life Worthy of the Gospel

Written by Tony McCollough

It happens to the best of us! In fact, it happens to all of us! What happens you say? Our performance never quite lives up to our profession of faith. All of us are aware of this when it comes to making our commitments for the Lenten season. Some are like the apostle Peter and make professions that we will follow Jesus unto death and then before the proverbial cock crows, like Peter, we deny Christ in our hearts and with our actions. We make a public profession of our faith, but every day we slip up and deny our Lord. We almost despair at the thought of a life to match our faith.

Monday, 06 February 2012 19:03

Praying for the Next Generation

Written by Kyle Searcy

1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king’s son. 2 He will judge thy people with righteousness, And thy poor with justice. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, And the hills, in righteousness. 4 He will judge the poor of the people, He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor. 5 They shall fear thee while the sun endureth, And so long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 He will come down like rain upon the mown grass, As showers that water the earth. 7 In his days shall the righteous flourish, And abundance of peace, till the moon be no more. 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the River unto the ends of the earth. 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; And his enemies shall lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall render tribute: The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him; All nations shall serve him. 12 For he will deliver the needy when he crieth, And the poor, that hath no helper. 13 He will have pity on the poor and needy, And the souls of the needy he will save. 14 He will redeem their soul from oppression and violence; And precious will their blood be in his sight: 15 And they shall live; and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: And men shall pray for him continually; They shall bless him all the day long. 16 There shall be abundance of grain in the earth upon the top of the mountains; The fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: And they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. Psalm 72:1-16

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:51

Bend the Knee

Written by Keith Waldrop

I believe the church is prayer-anemic and is in need of a serious infusion of dependency upon God. The scripture teaches that God is attracted to our weakness. Are you powerless? If you are, then the Lord invites you to place your trust completely in Him. “The great tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” (F. B. Meyer)

Can you imagine wearing the sandals of Joseph, the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus? He thinks he’s marrying a nice Jewish girl only to find out she’s “with child” without him. Endeavoring to do the right thing and not make a scene, but divorce her quietly, he’s visited by an angel who tells him to rethink that decision and proceed with the nuptials. Mary’s child, the angel announces, was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Is Joseph’s head swimming yet? Furthermore, this child is to be named Jesus “because He will save His people from their sins.” And most dads just hope their sons will save dad from lean retirement years!

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