This is where you will find out what's going on at our church. The Monthly News, Weekly Sermons, Calendar of Events and Special Notices. For more information about location, staffing and services, visit OUR WEBSITE. Also, go to that website to view the older sermons - they are available there as links and there are about 200 to choose from!

Friday, April 27, 2018

From the Pastor...

Jesus Christ, the Divine Teacher of Prayer
Luke 11:1-13

Let it not be forgotten that prayer was one of the great truths which our Lord came into the world to teach and illustrate. It was worth a trip from heaven to earth to teach men this great lesson of prayer. A great lesson it was, a very difficult lesson for men to learn. Men are naturally averse to learning this lesson of prayer. The lesson is a very lowly one. None but God can teach it. But it is a sublime, and heavenly vocation. The disciples were quickened to prayer by hearing Jesus pray and talk about prayer.

He sought to impress on His disciples not alone a deep necessity of prayer in general, but also the importance of prayer to them in their personal and spiritual needs. And there came moments to them when they felt the need of a deeper and more thorough schooling in prayer and of their grave neglect in this regard. One of these hours of deep condition on their part and of eager inquiry was when he was praying at a certain place and time, and they saw him, and they said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples."

Our divine teacher of prayer lays himself out to make it clear and strong that God answers prayer, assuredly, certainly, inevitably; that it is the duty of the child to ask, and to press, and that the Father has obliged Himself to answer, and to give for the asking. In Christ's teaching, prayer is no sterile, vain performance, not a mere rite, a form, but a request for an answer, a plea to gain, the seeking of a great good from God. It is a lesson of getting that for which we ask, of finding that for which we seek, and of entering the door at which we knock.   - E. M. Bounds

Friday, April 13, 2018

From the Pastor...

What is the meaning of life? There are many answers to this question. It means power, possessions, honor, progress, culture, ect. That is not the true answer. If that is all life means then our answer is no answer at all, because surely all these things end in nothing. The true answer is that the meaning of this life is eternal life. Such is its seriousness.

The word of God is the message of eternal life. Jesus Christ came to show us eternal life and to bestow it upon us. Real life begins with faith in Christ.
- Emil Brunner

Definitions:
1. Grace - God accepts me as I am.
2. Faith - I accept the fact that he accepts me.
3. Peace - I accept myself.
4. Love - I accept you.
5. Fellowship - You accept me.
- Adrian Brown

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

From the Pastor...

Pure Devotion
"I am afraid that...your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ"  - 1 Corinthians 11:3

What True Devotion To God Is Not.
Devotion does not consist of reading the Bible, nor praying, nor attending meetings. These may or may not be specific instances of devotion, but are not to be regarded as devotion itself.
Devotion does not consist of individual acts or exercises of any kind. These may indeed be devotional acts, that is "acts of devotion," but let it be remembered that no acts or exercises in themselves constitute devotion.

What True Devotion To God Is.
Devotion is that state of heart in which everything - our whole life, being and possessions - are a continual offering to God, that is they are continually devoted to God. True devotion must be the supreme devotion of the will, extending out to all we have and are - to all times, places, employments, thought and feelings.
-  Charles G. Finney

"We are God's: let us therefore live for Him and die for Him. We are God's: let His wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God's: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward Him as our only lawful goal [Rom. 14:8; cf. 1 Cor. 6:19]. O, how much has that man profited who, having been taught that he is not his own, has taken away dominion and rule from his own reason that he may wield it to God!" (Institutes, 3.7.1)
-  Iain H. Murray

Jesus of Nazareth
Without money and arms, He conquered more millions that Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon;

Without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined;

Without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet;

Without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.
-  Philip Schaff

Saturday, January 27, 2018

From the Pastor...

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will by my witnesses..." Acts 1:8

"Strengthened with all power according to His glorious might..."  Colossians 1:11

The inner life of Jesus was unique. It is the life of God loved out in a person. This life by His Spirit is given to every true believer. But it must be nurtured and sustained by a daily desire and decision to be in touch with the Lord; to receive the promised power to live His kind of life instead of our own self-oriented life. How serious can one be about this if they refuse to take time each day to come into God's presence in prayer and hear Him speak to their heart through His Word? HE HIMSELF IS OUR POWER. Time with Him brings the necessary strength to resist the influence and control of the present world system.

The call of God has not changed. The majority may adore the glitter, glamour and glory of this culture but the true believer has tasted qualities of another world. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him." Psalm 25:14. The love, joy and peace of God comes only to those who will receive the spiritual power to renounce and resist less things and partake of His inner life.

Here is an acrostic that can be used each morning to help you begin your day with Him.

P - Lord I PRESENT myself to You this day. I PRAISE You for Your goodness and love to me. Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 100:4

O - Lord OPEN my heart to Your Word and OPEN Your Word to my heart. Psalm 119:18, Eph 5:26, John 15:3

W - Lord WASH my heart and mind with Your truth. (Here read a portion of scripture)

E - Lord ENERGIZE me to do all I must do today in Your Spirit. Col 3:17

R - Lord please REMIND me of Your presence and power in every situation today. John 4:26

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the lord and in the power of His might." Ephesians 6:10

Thursday, January 11, 2018

From the Pastor...

This life therefor is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.
- Martin Luther

Blessed is he who submits to the will of God; he can never be unhappy. Men may deal with him as they will... he is without care; he knows that 'all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.'
- Martin Luther

Cry for grace from God to be able to see God's hand in every trial, and then for grace.. to submit at once to it. Not only to submit, but to acquiesce, and to rejoice in it... I think there is generally an end to trouble when we get to that.
- Charles Spurgeon

If anyone could tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and perfection, he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing....
- William Law

I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.
- Helen Keller