Message from Pastor Ron


17
Aug 2019

This past Sunday I spoke about words. Today I want us to think some more about words and, particularly, what the Word says about words. Let me ask you first: Do you think the kind of words a person uses are an indication of his character? In other words-can you interpret what a person is by what he says? Well, Jesus thought so! He said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). If that is true, then it matters the kind of words we use. That is why the Apostle Paul......

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27
Jul 2019

As you may know, I enjoy watching baseball and find it to be a relaxing activity. Many evenings, during the summer, I spend an hour or more watching one of my favorite teams. Though I admit I enjoy this time spent leisurely, still I don’t think I’ve ever taken this too seriously. I am not like the guy I heard about who said his wife had grown weary of his obsession with baseball. He said, “My wife calls me a baseball fanatic. She says that’s all I ever read about, talk about,......

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20
Jul 2019

The Christian life is not just a matter of believing; it’s a matter of belonging. We belong to one another as believers in the Body of Christ. The Apostle Paul said, “In Christ we who are many form one Body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5). When we make the decision to become a Christian, we then, in turn, belong to every other Christian. We are members together. In fact, the word membership that we use to speak of joining clubs or groups originally comes directly from this passage and its meaning......

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13
Jul 2019

The great 16th century reformer, Martin Luther, was asked by his barber, Peter Besken, the question, “How do you pray?” Luther thought so much of the question that he wrote a letter to his barber that was later published in forty printed pages. In it, he said for instance, “A good barber must have his thoughts and eyes concentrated upon the razor and the beard. If he keeps talking or looking around or thinking of something else, he is likely to cut a man’s mouth or nose-or even his throat. So anything that......

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06
Jul 2019

There are a lot of little things in life which register with us as a mystery. For example, you put ten pairs of perfectly matched socks in the washing machine with a bundle of clothes and later you pull out only six pairs of perfectly matched socks, the rest don’t match and one lone sock is missing! It’s a mystery! Another one-have you ever noticed that whichever lane you choose to drive somehow becomes the one that slows down? Or at the grocery store, have you ever noticed that whatever lane you......

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29
Jun 2019

During World War II some men carried the body of a friend to a local cemetery in a small village in France. But the priest refused to bury him there because he was not Catholic. So the men buried their friend just outside the cemetery fence. The next day they could not find the grave. So they went back to the priest and he explained, “The first part of the night I stayed awake, sorry for what I had told you. The second part of the night I spent moving the fence.”......

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08
Jun 2019

A storm alert can serve a useful purpose when a severe storm is nearing your location. Who would not want to be warned when danger is imminent and the safety of your family is paramount? Charles Swindoll tells a story on this subject worth remembering- Pastor Bruce D. Weaver and his wife drove in their car to pick up their son from Vacation Bible School. The sky was growing dark and there was a storm watch in effect, but no rain was falling yet. The theme for their Vacation Bible School had......

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01
Jun 2019

Jesus once taught His disciples, “that they should pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1). How about you? Are you ever discouraged in your prayers and tempted to give up? If so, then l hope you will look carefully and prayerfully today at the words of C.H. Spurgeon, the great preacher of a previous era, and consider his thoughts on this subject. These words have meant the world to me; I hope they will move you similarly! God’s timing is not ours to command. If we do not start the fire with the first strike of......

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25
May 2019

This past Sunday we looked at Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:15-23 and I spoke about what it teaches us all about prayer. However, one thing I did not mention is this: Before Paul begins his prayer of intercession for others, he first offers a prayer of thanksgiving for them. Actually, this is characteristic of Paul because twenty six times in his writings he thanks God for other believers. But why? I think because he realized just how important they were to him. He could not do ministry without them and they meant the world......

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18
May 2019

I enjoy watching Major League Baseball this time of the year and throughout the summer every year. MLB has not changed much over time but there is one new development in recent years. The umpires will make a judgment call on the field and now some of these rulings can be challenged. For instance, a base runner may come sliding into second base and the official call him out. The manager of the base runner’s team may challenge the ruling and, at this point, the umpire will go to the side near......

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