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Mighty Misfits

3/6/2013

 

In studying for this weeks message in 1 Samuel 22:1-6 I have been impressed with the quality of people that followed David, the kind of men that 2 Samuel 23:8-39 extols as "David's mighty men".  These men became recognized as "Mighty Men of Valor".  What kind of men were they?

 

"Everyone who was destressed, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was disconted gathered to him" (1 Samuel 22:2 NASB).

 

Did you get that?  All of the stressed-out, messed-up, malcontents showed up at David's camp, and began following him.  They weren't trying to become "Mighty Men of Valor", they were just trying to escape their situation, and they were looking for someone who would lead them.  They all had one thing in common:  They wanted out of a bad situation.  Chalk it up to David's leadership skills that he was able to meld them into an efficient fighting unit.  It's a wonder that David was able to turn this bunch of losers into mighty men of valor.

 

But here's another wonder:  "For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the fooligh things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God" (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 NASB).  God isn't impressed with beauty, strength, talent and ability.  All of these things he can use, to be sure, but they just don't impress him much.  He created all of these things.  He put together the genetic structure that allows people to be beautiful, handsome, strong, smart and able.  But he isn't interested in promoting narcissism in any form.  He doesn't require awesome celebrities or powerful people to accomplish his purposes.  In fact, it seems that he moves toward the opposite.  

 

Jesus tells a parable about a man giving a banquet for his son.  We understand that the parable is about the Master of the Universe giving a banquet for His Son--the Son of God.  He invited all the beautiful and influential people, but they started making excuses as to why they couldn't come.  So the master said to his servants, "Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame."  So they did, and yet there was room.  So he said, "Go out nto the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled" (see Luke 14:16-24.  Quotations are from the NASB 95 update).  He didn't seek beautiful people, but needy people.  The truth is, until we recognize that we are needy we probably won't come to him.  

 

Look at the sort of men that Jesus called to be his disciples.  Some of them were fishermen, one was a tax collector (which in that culture was a despised occupation), one was a political zealot.  All of them were common ordinary men.  None of them were highly educated.  They were just regular people.

 

But here's something even more amazing to me.  He isn't satisfied to call a bunch of misfits to himself, and surround himself with misfits.  One of his disciples, a man called Peter would later write, "And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 2:4-5 NASB).  He went on to say, "But you are a chosen race a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of the darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9 NASB).  He calls sinners who are in need of a Savior.  He brings them to himself, and He transforms them into something amazing.  He equips us and prepares us to follow him and accomplish his purposes to his glory.  So when people look on and see ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things, they aren't likely to say, "My, what amazing people!"  But instead will say, "What an amazing God!"

 

3/15/2013

The Lord My Strength

 

I love you, O Lord, my strength

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, 

My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;

My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, 

I call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised, 

And I am saved from my enemies.

(Psalm 18:1-3 NASB)

 

Thus begins a powerful Psalm of 50 verses.  The sub-title for this psalm reads, "For the choir director.  A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul."  It would seem that the historical background for this psalm is David's narrow escape from Saul's army.

 

We read about the incident in 1 Samuel 23:24-29.  Saul and his men were on one side of the mountain, and David and his men were on the other.  David had 600 men with him.  Saul had 3,000.  David was trying to escape, but Saul had sent out his troops and they just about had David surrounded.  David records his recollection of that time in these words, "The cords of death encompassed me, and the torrents of ungodliness terrified me.  The cords of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me" (Psalm 18:4-5 NASB).  David's outlook wasn't good.  He was just about surrounded.  Saul desperately wanted to destroy David, and it looked like this time he had it done.  David writes, "In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple and my cry for help before Him came into His ears" (Psalm 18:6 NASB).

 

David was at the end of his resources.  He had tried to escape Saul's relentless pursuit, but it looked as though his plan had failed.  Not only was David about to face the punishing wrath of the king, but all of the men who had entrusted their lives to David were about to be destroyed as well.  So he did the only thing that he had left to do:  He prayed.  I don't believe that prayer was ever David's last resort.  It was never what he did when all esle failed.  He was a man of prayer.  Prayer was his first resource, not simply his last resort.  But in spite of a life of faithfulness and seeking after God, David found himself in dire straits.  So he prayed.

 

Then there was an interesting turn of events.  First Samuel 23:27-28 records, "But a messenger came to Saul, saying, 'Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land.'  So Saul returned from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines; therefore they called that place the Rock of Escape."  What a coincidence!  David prayed and Saul's well-executed and seemingly successful military maneuver was thwarted.  

 

Have you ever noticed how those marvelous coincidences happen when God's people pray?

 

April 2, 2020

 

 

Sheltering in Place

 

Our three churches have experienced a bit of a setback in that we are not able to meet for a time.  Bear in mind that it is only for a time.  As one gentleman reminded me, “This too shall pass.”  I hope this finds you all healthy and well.

 

I recently read an article that reminded me that there was a group of people in the Bible who were ordered to shelter in place.  The event is recorded in Exodus 12.  After having struck the Egyptians 9 times with various plagues because the king would not allow the people of Israel to leave, there was one more plague coming.  This one was the worst of all the plagues.  The other plagues had resulted in discomfort, but this one resulted in death—the death of the firstborn.

 

In order to avoid the devastation of this plague, the Israelites were to do several things:

  1. They were to sacrifice a lamb
  2. They were to apply the blood of the lamb to their door frames on the outside of their houses.
  3. They were to partake of the lamb.
  4. They were to shelter in place.

 

On the night of the Passover, as it came to be called, the death angel passed over the land of Egypt and smote the firstborn of every family that was not covered by the blood.

 

The Passover provides for us an amazing picture.  Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).  He came to earth for us and died on the cross for our sins, so that we could be completely forgiven, and that our sins could be completely taken away.

 

We apply the blood of the Lamb and partake in the life that He provides simply through faith.  We don’t work to apply it.  We don’t have to paint it on our doorframes—we simply receive His gift of salvation by faith.  It is simply a matter of believing and receiving.  God applies the blood for us.  We are completely covered by the blood.  “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

 

As we await the appearance of our Lord and Savior, we shelter in place by faith.  We know that “our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion fo the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” (Phil. 3:20, 21)

 

As I write this there is a storm blowing outside, and the snowflakes are coming down sideways.  That’s not unusual this time of year in the Bitterroot, and even less so in the Bighole Basin, but it certainly has the birds wondering why they were so anxious to come back north.  It reminds me that there is a bigger storm hitting our nation.  They have named it the covid-19 virus.  The powers that be have labeled it a pandemic, and have required that we shelter in place unless we have a critical job.

 

Some of you will notice little effect of the virus.  It will not interrupt your routine, and in fact will have practically no impact on your lives other than some of your investments have been getting shredded.  Personally, I’m used to a certain routine, and this covid-19 thing isn’t working for me.  Realistically, this thing could have a devastating effect on our lives and our economy.  It may take our nation years to recover from this.  People we know could die.  Some of us could even die from it.

 

So now, more than ever, it is important that we shelter in place—under the blood of the Lamb.  Be safe and be sure that you have put your faith in Jesus.

 

Del and Colleen Abbey

 

 

 

My House

 

Mark 11:17-18 (NASB Strong’s (Lockman)) And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY house shall be called A house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a robbers’ den.” The chief priests and the scribes heard this, and began seeking how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for the whole crowd was astonished at His teaching.

 

This event took place after Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem.  We usually refer to the event as Palm Sunday, because as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt the people cut palm branches and laid them down in front of the colt while shouting, “Hosanna!  Blessed is He who come in the name of the Lord.”

 

Mark records that afterwards Jesus came back into Jerusalem and entered the temple where he drove out those who were buying and selling and overturned the tables of the money changers.  One can imagine the mess as he released the animals and scattered merchandise all over the place.  Then he quoted a couple of Old Testament passages:  Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11.

 

Jesus pointed out two realities:

 

God’s house was to be a house of prayer.  The primary purpose of the house of God was to be prayer.  In our culture today we often refer to the church building as “the Lord’s house”, and in a very real sense it is just that.  Its main purpose is to honor God.  It belongs to Him—or at least it should.  And the most important function in God’s house should be connecting with Him.  That includes worship (which isn’t just singing, although it can involve that.  Worship is so much more.  It is our response to His revelation of Himself.)  But the main way in which we connect with God is through prayer.

 

As a pastor, I am sometimes frustrated that Jesus didn’t say, “My house shall be a house of preaching.”  Or “My house shall be a place where the Word of God is heard.”  Or even, “My house shall be a house of teaching.”  Of all the things He could have said, He emphasized that His house was to be a house of prayer.  His house was to be a place where people could connect with the Living God.  When we overlook this, we overlook God’s priority.  I find it very interesting that when the church had their very first little spat because some of the Greek-speaking widows were being overlooked in the distribution of food and toilet paper, the apostles had the people choose seven men to make sure that everyone got what they needed, and they established priorities for their ministry.  The priorities were stated in Acts 6:4:  But we will devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.  Notice that prayer is the number one priority.

 

Us pastors very easily get so caught up in the business of ministry that we overlook the most important thing that we can do in ministry:  Pray.  When we overlook prayer, we essentially operate on the belief that we can do it ourselves.  One of the benefits of the COVID-19 virus is that it presses us back to the heart of God and the priority of prayer.  It is telling that the apostles didn’t say, “We will devote ourselves to the ministry of the Word and to prayer.”  They put prayer first, and so should we.

 

But there is a second reality that Jesus touches on here:

 

God’s house can be abused.  Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we can abuse the Lord’s house.  Jesus told the people who were buying and selling and carrying on commerce in God’s house that they had made God’s house a den of robbers.  Of course we would never do that—at least not on purpose!  But if we ignore God’s priorities as He has communicated them in His Word, we can do exactly that.  When we just gather together and carry out our traditionalism without connecting with the Living God, we’re abusing God’s house.  There is nothing wrong with tradition.  There are traditions that we practice for very good reasons.  I read recently, and I can’t remember where that tradition is the living faith of the dead, whereas traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.  I wish I could remember where I read that so I could give the author credit, since it is really an amazing reminder.  We need to be careful that we don’t get so caught up in going through the motions of doing church that we miss the whole point of gathering together in the first place.

 

These are troubling times.  Not only are people getting sick and dying, but the economy is in dire straights as well.  On top of that we’ve been pushed out of our churches.  The government tells us that we can’t gather together to connect with God and with one another.  But here’s the good news:  We can still connect with God and with one another.  We can still pray.  And we can still call one another.  Prayer and ministry doesn’t have to stop just because the governor said so.  This isn’t the time to do church, but it is certainly the time to be the church.

 

Take care and be blessed,

 

Pastor Del

 

 

 

 

Good Friday

 

April 10, 2020

 

I remember wondering as a young boy why we called it Good Friday.  After all, wasn’t this the day that Jesus died?  What could be good about that?  I couldn’t understand at the time that it was not the event that was good, but the result.  Hebrews 12:1-2 puts it this way:  “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us,  let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  (Heb. 12:1-2 NASB)

 

Jesus endured the cross even though he despised the shame of hanging on it naked and in public while bearing the sin of the world.  Paul wrote of the exchange taking place on the cross in II Corinthians 5:21:  “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”   Can you imagine how the perfect, righteous Son of God must have recoiled in disgust as He took our sin upon Himself?  What could possibly be good about that?

 

What could possibly be good about the lashes biting into his back and sides as he was scourged by the Roman soldiers?  What could possibly be good about Him having to carry His cross after having been scourged nearly to the point of death?  Luke tells us that He couldn’t quite make the it out of town carrying the cross.  He was so spent by this time that they had to press Simon of Cyrene to carry the cross the rest of the way for Him.  What could possibly be good about the long nails being driven into His hands and feet?  What could be good about the pain of being on the cross as it was raised up only to drop into a hole so that the nails tore at his flesh and He experienced the excruciating jolt of searing agony?  What could be good about hanging there ingloriously naked and humiliated while the religious elite and the local rabble mocked Him?  What could possibly be good about Him struggling to draw an agonizing breath as the position of having His arms outspread and His arms nailed at the wrists would put pressure on His diaphragm so He couldn’t breathe?   

 

Again, what was good about it was not the event, but the result.  Jesus became for us the propitiation for our sins.  Propitiation is just a Bible word that means satisfaction.  It indicates that Jesus, in dying on the cross, satisfied all of the righteous demands of a perfect and holy God.  He satisfied God’s wrath against my sin, so God’s not mad at me anymore.  He satisfied God’s justice, so I can now stand in Christ’s righteousness.  He satisfied God’s holiness, so now “(Jesus) is able to keep (me) from falling and make (me) stand in His glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 24 NIV)  Now that’s beginning to sound pretty good.  But how do I get my sins forgiven and my future secured?  I simply receive the gift of salvation that Jesus offers by “confessing with my mouth Jesus as Lord, and believing in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”  (Romans 10:9)

 

Have you trusted in Jesus?  He died for you.  That makes it a Good Friday.

 

God bless, and stay safe

 

Pastor Del

 

 

 

 

The Importance of the Resurrection

Easter, 2020

 

This Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It is one of the most important days in the church calendar.  On this day we often tend to sing some old hymns that we’ve heard since childhood:  “He Lives”, “Up From the Grave He Arose” etc.  They remind us of the power and importance of the resurrection.

 

As I study the book of Acts, I can’t help but notice the message of the early believers.  Wherever they went they proclaimed the resurrection.  Check it out:   “This man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.  But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”  (Acts 2:23-24 NASB).

 

“But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.” (Acts 3:14-15 NASB)

 

And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. (Acts. 4:33)  See also Acts 10:39-41 and Acts 17:2-3.

 

The message that the apostles proclaimed was a message of hope, and that hope is anchored in the resurrection of Jesus Christ

 

The Resurrection confirmed the deity of Christ—Romans 1:4.

 

This verse says that “He was declared with power to be the Son of God by the resurrection from the dead.”  The fact that the grave could not hold Him affirmed that He really was the Son of God.  He had claimed to be God’s Son (John 5:17, 18), and this amazing display of power in breaking the bonds of death vindicated that claim.

 

The Resurrection provided justification for us—Romans 4:25

 

“He (Jesus) who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”

 

Remember that to be justified means to be pronounced righteous.  When we trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God sees us in Jesus and pronounces us righteous.  As Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”  There are no charges against us because Jesus took our place on the cross and died for us.  Our debt is settled.  So now we can know that we are justified by faith.  The whole of Romans 4 demonstrates this quite well.  In fact, if we look at the context of Romans 4:25 we notice that leading up to the verse Paul is talking about justification by faith.  He sets Abraham before us as a model and an illustration of justification by faith.  Then in chapter 5:1 (the very next verse after 4:25) he says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

What makes our justification work is the resurrection.  It proves that Jesus really accomplished what He set out to do.  The resurrection not only proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is the Son of God, it also verifies that his sacrifice on our behalf was accepted. We can be assured that we truly are justified because Jesus arose from the dead.

 

Christ’s resurrection secures our resurrection—I Cor. 15

 

I Corinthians 15 is sometimes referred to as the resurrection chapter.  It’s a long chapter—58 verses long in fact.  And it deals entirely with the resurrection.  It may be the richest treasure trove of information on the resurrection in the whole Bible.  One of the arguments that Paul uses in this chapter is simply this:  If God couldn’t raise His own Son after Jesus had paid for our sins on the cross, what hope do we have?  (See vv. 12-19)  As he says in verse 17:  If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins (NASB).  Paul makes sure that we see that our hope of resurrection is tied to Christ’s resurrection.

 

The resurrection of Jesus Christ enables us to walk in the Newness of Life—Romans 6:4

 

In this context Paul is warning against thinking that since Christ pours His grace out on us, we can just go on living in sin.  He says emphatically, “How shall we who died to sin still live in it?”  He then explains that we have been joined to Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.   Because we are joined with Him in His death, we are dead to the person that we used to be and sin no longer has power over us.  And because we are joined with Him in His resurrection, “we (can) walk in the newness of life!”

 

When Jesus went to the funeral of His good friend Lazarus, He told Mary (Lazarus’ sister), “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”

 

The resurrection is important.  It is not just historically important; although it is very historically significant.  It is not just important theologically, although it is theologically very important. It is important practically, as it gives us hope as nothing else can, and power to live fully in these difficult times.

 

 

 

Tax Day

04/15/2020

 

Today is one of our favorite days of the year!  The calendar on my phone calls it “TAX DAY”.   Some folks are getting a refund, so the day doesn’t seem so sinister.  The only reason that you didn’t get your refund earlier is that you procrastinated.  Some of you got smart and dumped the whole pile of receipts and paperwork in the lap of a competent CPA.  If you’re really blessed, you might even have your own accountant working for you or your company.  Or you might be saying, “Since the government has extended the deadline to July 15, I’ll just wait until July 14 to do my taxes.”  You know who you are.

 

Years ago I took my taxes to a CPA.  He mailed my tax forms to me with instructions a few days before taxes were due.  My tax bill looked overwhelming.  I called him to ask him how this could be.  He said, “You didn’t make quarterly payments.”  I responded, “I did make quarterly payments.”  He said, “You didn’t tell me that.”  I said, “You are the professional and you never asked.”  He also left out a few things because he didn’t understand some of the issues of figuring out how to file for a “minister”.

 

From then on I have always done my own taxes.  I well remember going to the Post Office to get an armload of tax forms to take home and fill out by hand.  My taxes are complicated because I’m given a dual status by the IRS.  I’m considered an employee for the sake of income tax and self-employed for the sake of social security.  I used to really stress out over taxes for two reasons:  It was stressful to figure it all out; and it is stressful to send my money to the U.S. government, knowing that they will spend it with such care and responsibility—or should that be with such careless irresponsibility.  So with that excuse, I tend to procrastinate.  I usually put off doing my taxes until the last minute.  Now it’s much easier because they have all the forms on the internet, and all you have to do is download them and fill them out on the computer.  So now the really hard part is that transaction whereby my money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury. That’s hard.

 

But we just celebrated an amazing transaction.

 

The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

 

Furthermore, it says, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)

 

So there’s the bad news.  We are all guilty, and Tax Day is coming.  Nobody is free from this tax burden.  The tax man cometh, and he cometh for all of us.

 

But here’s the good news:  Our taxes have been paid.  They have been paid in full.  A wonderful transaction has taken place in which the perfect Son of God went to the cross and paid my taxes for me.  He took my sin and extended His righteousness to me.  Not only did He take care of the tax issue, He offers me so much more.  He offers me His righteousness and eternal life with Him besides.

 

But here’s the big question:  Are you procrastinating?  Are you putting off dealing with the issue of of your eternal future because…well, because you’re still alive.  This is one tax day that’s not on your calendar.  But the trouble is that none of us know when that day will come.  It could be today.  If today turns out to be the last day of my life, I can rest assured that my taxes are paid.  If you’ve never received His gracious offer of salvation, there is no better time to deal with it than the present.  The Bible says, “Now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation.”(II Cor. 6:2 NASB)  As He reminds us in Hebrews 4:7, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”  Don’t procrastinate.  Get right with God today and live ready.

 

 

 

4/21/2020

 

Unhindered

 

As I was reading this morning in the book of Acts, I was again struck by the power of the closing words of this book.  “And he stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered (Acts 28:30, 31 NASV).

 

Paul was restricted in his movements.  He was being held in Rome as a prisoner while he waited for an audience with the emperor.  Since he had not been convicted and his case was up in the air, so to speak, he had some freedom to meet with his friends and those who sought him out.  Nevertheless, he was chained to a Roman soldier, even though he was living in his own rented quarters.  People could come to him, he just couldn’t go anywhere.  So people came, and he ministered to whoever came through his door.  As he shared the gospel and proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ, the Roman soldier who was chained to Paul at the time also heard the good news about Jesus.  In fact, during this time Paul said, “Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else” (Phil. 1:12-13 NASV).  At the end of that letter Paul wrote, “All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household” (Phil. 4:22 NASV)

 

Even though Paul’s movements were hindered, as he was chained to a Roman guard, the gospel was unhindered.  Paul’s ministry was unhindered.  The guard had to change every so often.  It appears that some of these guards were turning to Christ during their time of being chained to one of the greatest evangelists of all time.  It was as though Paul was not chained to them, they were chained to him!

 

It appears that the gospel infiltrated caesar’s household through the praetorian guards who were having to take turns being chained to Paul.  During this time Paul wrote, “My circumstances (literally ‘the things against me’) have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel”(Phil. 1:12 NASB).  In other words, all these things that seemed to be against Paul were actually accelerating the spread of the good news about Jesus Christ.  Paul was chained, but the gospel was not.  Paul was quarantined, chained to a Roman soldier, unable to go anywhere; but his message spread like a pandemic.

 

We often tend to focus on the things that are against us.  What if we focused instead on the opportunities that are presented through the things that seem to be against us?

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Our Call

God has created us to be worshipers.  We believe in a glorious God who is worthy of all our praise and adoration.  We see our primary function as a church to be worship.  Our goal, every time we meet, is to encounter the living God through worship (which, by the way, is not just singing), praise, prayer and the ministry of the Word of God.  

 

People need the Lord.  He sent his Son to die on the cross for us because there was no other way.  If it was at all possible for us to get right with God by keeping rules and doing good works, do you think that God would have sent his Son to die?  Paul wrote in Galatians 2:21, "I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the works of the Law, then Christ died needlessly."*  In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."*  We are not save by works, but by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who said, "I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6*)  So we see our secondary reason for being here to be sharing the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

A third reason that we're here is to build one another up in the faith.  Our ministry is to the Lord, then to one another, then to the world.  We believe that we'll never get our outreach (evangelism and service) right until we get our upreach (worship) right.  

 

*Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission. 

 

Office

Our office is located in the east end of the parsonage on the northwest side of the parking lot.  Pastor Del is usually in the study between 7 a.m. and noon Tuesday through Friday and all day Saturday.  Please stop by.  We'd love to see you.

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