Pastor’s Corner

Pastors Corner 2-12-2012

The other day Sherlene and I watched a movie called “We Bought a Zoo” and in the movie the father shared with his son some advice that he had received from his father. His advice was that if he would let it, 20 seconds of extreme courage could change his life forever. The father went on to explain to his son how he had used this advice to meet his mother and how that 20 seconds changed the rest of his life. I know that this was only a movie and the scene had a lot of drama, but the premise is correct, 20 seconds can change your life forever. A lot of things can change our lives in 20 seconds that are out of our control, such as car wrecks and health problems, but here we are talking about 20 seconds that we have total control. When the word of God shows us the condition of our soul we are faced with a decision that will change the rest of our lives. We can either accept or reject Jesus as our savior. If we reject faith in Jesus, our lives will be changed because we will not receive the blessings, promises or Spirit of God outlined in the bible. This choice does not take very much courage, but if we have the courage to exercise our faith and except Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection as gospel (repent and believe (Mark 1:15)) we shall have our lives changed forever.

Pastor Danny

Rejecting a Global Flood.

Rejecting a Global Flood..

Very nice piece from the “Answers in Genisis” folks. I know that I was never presented the Biblical account as an option in school, even grade school. It’s little wonder that evolution is what most folks default to when the idea of the age of the earth or any thing else alongside this line comes up. We have to do a better job of teaching this concept to the world, starting with our families.

Where’s Your Closet?

Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.

As most of you know, I enjoy doing leather work. There is some thing about it that just allows me to clear my head and all my aggravations just seem to leave. In fact, I often find that as I work on a project I’m able to focus more on the things of God. Perhaps the concentration I put into the project clears out the “cob webs” just enough to allow the Word to really penetrate; I can’t really explain it much clearer than that. But I do know that much of the most profitable meditation time for me comes when I’m tooling a belt, for example.

Jesus set the example for us in His words and deeds: We need to get away from the “multitudes” of life, what ever they may be for each of us, and have alone time with God. Christ often went into the wilderness to pray. I know a preacher that gets some of his best alone time on his riding mower. And I have some of mine at my leather work bench. We are all different, with different situations, likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc. But we all need to find our “prayer closet” to get into and away from every one and every thing that might distract us. That intimate time with God is vital, no matter where your’s occurs at, to our spiritual life and walk of faith.

Fully Committed

Matthew 4:19 And (Jesus) saith unto them, Follow me…

This morning our associate pastor, Bro. Adam Bowen, preached a message on Peter’s actions leading up to and following his betrayal of Christ. It has been on my mind all day and I wanted to share some of what I got from it with you.

Jesus told Peter after he was “converted” he was to “strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 23:32). The way this word is used in the text isn’t what we think of today as being converted: becoming a Christian. It meant fully given over to love and obey God, or fully committed. As we know, Peter certainly went on to be fully committed to God and He did great things through Peter.

Do you ever wonder why the church isn’t full? Why people are not being saved? Why prayers seem to go unheard? I think the answer is the same to us today as it was to Peter some 2000 years ago; our people aren’t fully committed to love and obey God.

Do you have areas in your life that aren’t fully committed and submitted to God? If we are honest with ourselves the answer has to be yes. We all get a little slack, a little weak or weary from time to time. It’s so important that we listen to the Spirit’s voice and admit it when this happens. The sooner we do, the quicker we can get that area back into God’s will by fully committing and submitting to Him. Just think of what the Church could accomplish if all of God’s children would fully commit!

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A Lost Dog

As many of you know, we have been watching a little dog the past few days. To make a long story short, he was abandoned in our neighborhood and “found” us. He was tired, hungry, and all alone. We took him in, fed him, and cleaned him up and are looking for a new home for him. His nickname is now Esau, as he he very furry and red.

As I looked at the little guy and wondered what he had been through the past week or so I thought of how in a very mild way he parallels us in our walk of Faith.

At one time we were all alone, with no one. At some point we all had a hunger that couldn’t be satisfied. And at some point we were adopted into a new family as children of God. The kindness, love and mercy He has shown to each of us is really beyond what our finite minds can comprehend. Well, it is for mine at least.

How can we not praise Him, thank Him and do whatever He calls upon us to, through the strength imparted to us through Christ Jesus, every chance we get?

Romans 8:14-17
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

The Choice

A man shared the Gospel with two young ladies.  When he finished he asked the first girl if she would like to pray and receive Jesus as her Savior; she said yes. After they prayed, he then asked the second girl the same question; she replied that she wasn’t ready to make that choice.

That young lady may not have realized it but she had made her choice; to reject Jesus. There’s no middle ground, no gray area in this matter; it’s completely black and white, crystal clear. If your answer to Christ is anything other than yes, you are rejecting Him and saying no to His grace. It can’t be worded much simpler than that.

Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.

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Eyewitness Account

Eyewitness Account

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty (2 Peter 1:16).

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:16-21

I witnessed it, watching in horror as a pick-up truck veered out of its lane and smashed into a friend’s car. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. The truck’s driver tried to deny his responsibility, but the police were quite interested in my firsthand, eyewitness account.

The apostles were eyewitnesses too. How wonderful to walk with Jesus, to dine with Him, to hear Him teach. They witnessed His miracles; they heard the voice of the Father affirming Jesus as His Son. They even saw Jesus raised to life, and then ascending to Heaven.

We encounter difficult days when our faith may be tested. We may begin to doubt in the darkness what seemed so sure in the light. It’s then that we can return to the beginning point of faith-to the clear, firsthand accounts of those who were with Jesus. After all, you just can’t argue with an eyewitness. Let Christ shine in your heart, no matter how dark your days may seem.

Father, thank You for the faithful witness of those who were with Jesus. May their testimony be a constant source of strength and faith for me. In the name of Jesus, my Savior, I pray. Amen.

(Dan Nicksich is the senior minister of First Christian Church in Somerset, Pennsylvania.)

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The Crystal Case

The other day I heard a fellow talking about his trip to Moscow. He recounted the following:

I went to see Lenin’s tomb when I was in Moscow. He is sealed in a crystal case. You can see his waxen face and his trimmed beard, and on that tomb these words are written: “He was the greatest leader of all peoples of all countries of all times. He was the lord of the new humanity. He was the savior of the world.”

Do you notice that those sentences are all past tense?. The real Lord of all people, places, and times is Christ Jesus. And He is not past tense!. No Jesus is alive and in control. Lenin lays in his crystal case, forever silent. Jesus’ tomb is empty and He calls out to us every day. Thank God for our risen and living Savior!

Revelation 1:18“I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore.”

Sweet Little Lies

When I was a teenager there a popular song by Stevie Nicks that was called Tell Me Lies. Part of the chorus went something like ‘tell me lies, sweet little lies, tell me lies’. As best as I remember it, the song had a sublime, kind of seductive melody to it.

We have an enemy that will try these same tactics with us: Satan. He will try to, in a subtile way, whisper all kinds of doubts to us. He will try to talk you into staying home Sunday night and from mid-week services. “Oh, no on will miss you it you aren’t there. And besides you have so much to else to do”, are a few of his lines.

Thankfully we have another Voice to guide us, in the right and proper direction. Of course there is a small catch: We have to be willing to listen for and to that Voice. The Bible and prayer are direct lines to hear God Himself speaking to you.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Spinning Your Wheels

It’s that time of year: Winter. And with the season comes lots of ‘fun’ stuff like sleet, snow, and ice. These things can make for just terrible, if not treacherous, driving and walking conditions. I’ve seen all kinds of things folks use to try to overcome the conditions: salt, kitty litter, sand, and other melting agents or items to put weight in a vehicle to give them better traction. And still many times the efforts are futile as pedestrians slip and vehicles spin their wheels.

Have you ever felt like that in your spiritual life, like you are just slipping and sliding along, spinning your wheels and getting nowhere for Jesus? I know I have. I’ve found when I feel this way there are a couple of things that I can do to give me some ‘traction’ and get me going again.

  • Pray- Nothing does the soul better than to get on your knees (or however you personally pray) and commune with our Lord. He already knows what’s going on in your life, what the problems are and the (possible) shortcomings that are causing them. But tell Him anyway; He loves you and wants to hear from you.
  • Take up arms- Put on the Whole Armor of God. How can we fight a fight that we aren’t armed for? We can’t. And make no mistake about it – we are in a spiritual war against a wily enemy.
  • Don’t forget your Sword- An unarmed soldier for God is about as good as a car with no tires. Pick up your Bible and put it to its good and proper use: Read it and obey what it says.

There’s an old saying that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is crazy. If you have lost momentum seek the One that can get you moving again.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Greg Wolford


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