Message from Pastor Ron


21
Nov 2020

Everything you are above zero is a gift from God.  I consider this to be one of the most life-changing truths I have learned from God’s word. This may be a humbling statement, but it is true indeed! Think about it! When you look at something in your life and say “That’s good” well, that’s of God. In fact, the Bible says the good stuff is all of God. “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above…” (James 1:16-17a). Interestingly, in the context, James tells us too that evil doesn’t......

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14
Nov 2020

The Anglican Bishop of Durham, a great biblical scholar, had suffered an illness for a period of time. Following his lengthy recovery, a good friend visited him and asked what he had been doing during this time of convalescence, “perhaps, studying your books?” The Bishop answered, “No, I put aside my books and I reflected on the simple fact, day after day, that the Lord Jesus died for me.” It’s a humbling thing to remember the sacrifice that was paid for us on Calvary’s cross. Jesus did this for you and me......

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31
Oct 2020

I want to remind you that Tuesday, November 3, is Voting Day. Voting has always been a big deal to me. The first national election in which I was able to vote was 1976. I took it seriously since I had reached the age when I could vote. I prepared for it by praying and then deciding on how I would vote. Also, I pledged to the Lord that I would always practice good citizenship by participating in the democratic process as a Christian committed to a free Republic. I urge you to......

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24
Oct 2020

Peggy Noonan, noted author and political speech writer, shares a delightfully positive and uniquely refreshing story which comes straight out of Washington D.C. from a few years ago and I think you will welcome it in the midst of a downright nasty political season. Francis Green, at the time, was an 83 year old woman who lived by herself on social security in a town just outside San Francisco. She had little money, but for eight years she had been sending one dollar a year to the Republican National Convention because she......

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17
Oct 2020

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great 19th century British preacher, once pointed out in a sermon that every generation in our fallen world talks about the difficult times they face, and then he proceeded to ask an important question, “What have we believers to do with the times but to serve God in them?” I’ve been meditating on those words for some time now during these months thus far of COVID-19. There’s a temptation to discouragement that I fear can distract us from our calling as Christ’s servants and even drive us from vitality in......

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10
Oct 2020

“Trust, but verify” – Do you remember that expression? It’s actually an Old Russian proverb but it was made famous by President Ronald Reagan who used it several times in explaining America’s approach to negotiations with the Soviet Union on nuclear disarmament. It seemed like a pretty good idea to me at the time. Though I’m sure it was a prudent and judicious approach to the Soviets with this issue at the time, it is a really bad idea when it comes to your relationship with God at any time. Here’s why—you are......

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03
Oct 2020

If you don’t know much about the Christian faith you should at least know this: Love Matters! It’s true—listen to the words of scripture: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God…” (Deuteronomy. 6:4-5). Jesus called this the greatest commandment (Mark 12:29-30) and then He added to it the second most important commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). There are all kinds of commandments or laws in the Bible. In the Old Testament there are ceremonial laws, civil laws, and moral laws. The Jewish Rabbis had......

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19
Sep 2020

This past Sunday I preached the message “A Great Encouragement.” Now I want to share an additional word on the subject of encouragement. It is this: The Bible encourages us to be encouragers of one another. In fact, the Bible encourages each one of us to be encouragers of the rest of us. It is that pervasive of concept. So this is not a calling for some of us but for all of us. It is something we can all do and should all do. And, yes, it’s a responsibility for which we all have......

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05
Sep 2020

In the Upper Room after Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, He said to them, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you…Now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:15, 17). Jesus teaches us that blessing comes from serving. If your think about it, that makes perfect sense. It stands to reason that you are going to feel better about yourself, and within yourself, if you are giving something of yourself back to others. Indeed, inner......

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29
Aug 2020

I heard about a young girl who wrote this letter to God: “Dear God, We learned in Sunday School that we should love our enemies. I am only 6, and I do not have any enemies yet. But I hope to have some by the time I’m 7. Love, Jennifer You don’t have to live very long before you have enemies. It’s then that you have to come to terms with the idea of forgiveness. As I said Sunday, this may be one of the hardest lessons we have to learn in the......

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