Message from Pastor Ron


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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22
Aug 2020

I read about a little 8 year old boy who was not yettoo impressed with girls. His mother, Patricia Haan, was sure of that for she overheard a little girl tell him, “We’re going to get married as soon as we finish High School.” Her son answered quickly, “Then I’m notgoing to High School.” (You have to laugh at that kid!) This story, though funny, does serve to remind us that some people will go out of their way to avoid love. But, in truth, we are to go out of our way to......

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15
Aug 2020

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15). This verse on the surface makes prayer sound kind of easy, but in truth a successful prayer experience is not quite so simple. Prayer is something we must learn in time and it comes only as we grow spiritually. A rich, productive prayer experience doesn’t come naturally, it comes......

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25
Jul 2020

Never begin a day without the confidence that it could be a great day! Here’s why: “This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) The psalmist is inviting us to receive today as a gift from God. The same God who created the world and all there is, also, created today in all it is. This is an amazing gift from God! So we should receive today as a gift with positive possibilities. We should receive it with joy and expectation! We......

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18
Jul 2020

Your spiritual Doctor has a prescription for you today! Really, it is an Rx to be taken daily. The source is this verse, “Be joyful in hope; patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Here’s your Rx: Vitamin B – 3. Be all 3 daily! Be Joyful The word for joyful here is chairo. This joy is a by-product of God’s grace. God gives us the gift of joy despite the circumstances of life. This means we have the capability of joy as Christians and, even more so, the responsibility for joy. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most people......

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11
Jul 2020

Let’s be clear: Our God Reigns! It’s true—and I’m comfortable saying it, despite any evidence that seems to run contrary to it. Look at sacred scripture— “Hallelujah! For Our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory!” (Revelation 19:6-7). These words were written by the Apostle John who lived in a world not all that different than ours. When John wrote these words he was a prisoner for his faith, exiled to the Isle of Patmos. Hey, you talk about being isolated and quarantined! Here’s how it happened:......

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04
Jul 2020

Before we celebrate the 4th of July today, perhaps it would serve us well to read the inspirational words of Benjamin Franklin delivered to the Convention which created and wrote our United States Constitution in 1787. Here are his words with only the slightest update of language from the 18th century original text as needed: In the beginning of our conflict with Britain, when we sensed great danger, we had daily prayers in this room where we asked for Divine protection. Our prayers, sirs, were heard and they were graciously answered. All of us......

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27
Jun 2020

A time of great testing calls for a time of great trusting! The Apostle Paul said, “We were under great pressure…But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 1:8; 12:9). I like the words of writer A.B. Simpson on this passage: “Nothing but the great trials and dangers we have experienced would ever have led some of us to know Him......

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20
Jun 2020

I heard about a pastor who preached a sermon in which he urged his people to always find something for which they could be glad no matter the difficult circumstances which came their way. He referred to the classic story of Pollyanna as the inspiration for this challenge. You remember the story… Pollyanna is an orphan, a child of missionaries, who has been sent to live with her stern and aloof Aunt Polly in Vermont. The Aunt is not particularly happy about her niece coming to live with her, but feels she......

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13
Jun 2020

I read about a man who was shipwrecked on a small island for several years. Finally, he was spotted by a passing ship. A fellow from the ship approached the island in a small boat and said, “Here is a bundle of newspapers. The captain said you should read them before deciding if you want to be rescued.” You may feel kind of like that right now. You may feel like you have been quarantined on a small island for a while and now just as you are about ready to get......

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