Pastor’s Corner for March 2017

Pastor’s corner for March 2017

    As we come to the end of our 45 day reading program, I hope everyone who took on the challenge gained some new spiritual insights. If we were to reread the gospels for a second time there would be more insight. Because the gospels are alive and truth prevails within them.  So I hope everyone was blessed by it.

This year our theme for Lent is as old as Lent itself. That is giving of ourselves. Some people have the idea if they give up coffee or chocolate for a few weeks they done a great service for God.  Lent is not that at all.

What is Lent?   Lent is the forty days (do not count the Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday.  It is a time to draw nearer to God, by prayer, fasting, and supplication.

Fasting in its truest sense is what Jesus did in Matthew 4:2″And when he (Jesus) had fasted for forty days and forty nights he was hungry.”  WOW!  That puts a new perspective on giving up coffee/chocolate for a day……doesn’t it?

 

Christianity Today gives the following historical description:  “(Fortieth) Until the 600s, Lent began on Quadragesima Sunday, but Gregory the Great (c.540-604) moved it to a Wednesday, now called Ash Wednesday, to secure the exact number of 40 days in Lent—not counting Sundays, which were feast days. Gregory, who is regarded as the father of the medieval papacy, is also credited with the ceremony that gives the day its name. As Christians came to the church for forgiveness, Gregory marked their foreheads with ashes reminding them of the biblical symbol of repentance (sackcloth and ashes) and mortality: “You are dust, and to dust you will return” (Gen 3:19).  WWW.christianitytoday.com /history

 

Lent was a time in history  marked by fasting and preparation for those seeking baptism.  As time passed Christians used this time to repent of sins. We should always repent of sins. Don’t wait until Lent to repent, do it when the sin happens.  The church needs to get back to the basics of Christianity and sound Biblical doctrine. We wonder why we are not impacting the world for Christ, it’s because we are not grounded in the practice of God’s word.

Jesus went to the cross and died for us. The power of Resurrection Sunday is something we should experience every day. The only way to do it is spend time with God in Bible reading and in prayer so we can be blessed by Him.  Lent is good place to start, however, we need to put into practice those spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and sacrificial giving every day. As we draw nearer to the cross we must examine our motives for praying and fasting, looking for the pride and self-righteousness that separates us from God and our fellow Christians, and Repent! Amen.

 

Blessings in Christ

Pastor Terry

Pastor’s Corner Jan 2017

PastorNicholsPastor’s Corner 2017

Happy New Year 2017

   In the last few months I have been doing a systematic reading of the Bible.  Presently I am preaching a series on the gospel of Matthew.  Beginning with the birth narrative this past Christmas and working our way through the Lord’s prayer this week (Jan 29, 2017).  I have felt lead to encourage everyone to read through the gospels.  This can be done by reading two (2) chapters a day for forty -five (45) days. Start with Matthew 01 & 02  and just keep reading two a day. This reading plan can be found at www.biblestudy.com /bible -reading -plan/daily-gospel.html   if you prefer to do it on your computer.  There are several audio bibles available on line for ease of listening if you so chose.  Reading is best but listening works also, the important thing is that we do it.  “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” Matt.24:35 NJKV

God Bless and Good Bye.

Pastor Terry

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Pastors corner April 2016

Hello

I had the opportunity to sit in on the women’s Bible study this week.

The subject was on prayer.  So I thought about a few things regarding prayer.

The first question I would like to ask is: What is prayer?

Answer: It is talking to God. It is a conversation with God and it is time spent in a relationship with Him.

God loves you and me. God also wants to meet our needs.  Please remember prayer is not a shopping list of our wants. We need to separate our wants and needs. I have been reading a book on prayer its title is: The 21 most Effective Prayers Collection by Dave Earley.

He writes the following on prayer.        “Prayer is the way we defeat the Devil.  (James 4:7)

                                                                      Prayer is the way you acquire wisdom  (1:5)

              Prayer is the way a backslider is restored. James (5:16-20)”

           The 21 most Effective Prayers Collection by Dave Earley.  Page 78

       < Highlighting a few points    I did not quote the entire list. >

 

I hope you get the idea. Prayer is taking our needs to God.  It is bringing our praises to Him. It is an act  of worship on our behalf. In the book I just shared with you, I am paraphrasing his points here. We need to learn the discipline of prayer which includes… Dave Earley goes on to say:  “Our time, a place to pray, and someone to pray with if possible.” Pg 80 paraphrased

It is my prayer and hope that we will honor God by praying to Him. God will be found by those who truly seek him.

Have blessed day

Pastor Terry

Pastor’s Corner – April 2015

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April 2015

First I would like to thank everyone for the birthday wishes.  Sue and I both had good birthdays.

It is hard to believe that we have almost come full circle in the church year.  The next event is Pentecost (birth of the church). Pentecost is May 24, 2015

The King James Bible Commentary offers us some good information on Penetecost.

    “Pentecost was the third great Israelite feast mentioned in Leviticus 23. It was a harvest festival fifty days after the Passover week. This particular Pentecost, however, was to have greater significance than those which had preceded it. Old Testament Pentecost occurred fifty days after Israel left Egypt and the Passover lamb was slain. New Testament Pentecost occurred fifty days after Christ rose from the dead, the Lord being our Passover Lamb. Old Testament Pentecost celebrated the birth of the nation Israel (Ex 19:5). New Testament Pentecost celebrated the birth of the church (2:41–47). Old Testament Pentecost witnessed the slaying of some three thousand souls (Ex 32:28). New Testament Pentecost witnessed the saving of some three thousand souls (:41). The former pointed typologically to the latter.”

It is important for the church to acknowledge the great events of the Bible and celebrate them. We invite you to come and worship with us, Sunday at 10AM and Wednesday at 7PM

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you!

Pastor Terry