Message from Pastor Ron


02
Nov 2019

So often when we gather with family in holiday seasons, we talk about anything and everything for no apparent reasons. And, really, there is nothing wrong with that. It is not unusual to talk about the usual. Indeed, it would be uncommon not to talk about things that are common. Ordinary people converse about ordinary topics. But when the family members are about to go home following the holiday, in those last moments of conversation, it is in a rush of words we say what we really mean. That is when we......

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26
Oct 2019

I was watching a football game awhile back when a fight suddenly broke out on the field with several players from the opposing teams. Players from both sidelines ran out on the field to enter into the fracas in support of their teammates. One player rushed onto the field and then returned quickly to the sideline to retrieve his helmet, and then ran back onto the field. He was smart to wear his helmet in this gridiron brawl. We too are in a fight called spiritual warfare and we had better play......

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19
Oct 2019

I saw an interesting crime story on television. The police in this particular city came up on a bank robbery in progress. The police chief, when he arrived at the scene, ordered all exits from the bank to be covered to prevent the robbers from escaping through one of the exits. Later the policeman-in-charge of the operation at the scene reported back to the chief that everyone in the bank was unhurt but that the robbers had escaped with the money. The chief asked how that could be since he had ordered all exits......

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12
Oct 2019

I want to share with you today some personal words from A.W. Tozer, one of my favorite devotional writers, on his conversion experience: I preach Christ, the Savior—that is my calling! I am positive about the validity, the reality, and the value of genuine Christian experience. We can talk to Jesus just as we talk to our other friends. As a boy, I was not a Christian. I did not have the privilege of growing up in a home where Christ was known and loved. (Later) God spoke to me through a......

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05
Oct 2019

Years ago a monk came to the aid of a needy traveler. He opened his small pouch of belongings and offered the man a precious stone worth a small fortune. The monk had just found it and was now giving it away. The traveler was amazed at this good fortune and quickly left to sell the valuable stone. Surprisingly, the man returned a few days later with the jewel. He placed it in the monk’s hand and said, “Now please give me something more precious than this stone. Please give me that......

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21
Sep 2019

This past Sunday I encouraged us all to rely on and find strength in the Holy Spirit. This is our power source as believers. He is the One who resides within us and is there to strengthen us. He is our helper! “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6). I found a story in my favorite devotional book Streams in the Desert which I think pictures beautifully the truth I would like to convey to you today— Once as I walked along the road on a......

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14
Sep 2019

The late Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, and evangelical leader told the following story— During the Great Depression, a sheep ranch owner by the name of Yates fell on hard times (as did many during those years). He wasn’t able to make enough on his ranching operation to pay the principal and interest on the mortgage, so he was in danger of losing his ranch. With little income for clothes and food, his family lived on government subsidy. For some time he was troubled over his financial situation and......

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07
Sep 2019

In the small community of Swan Quarters, North Carolina, sits a Methodist church which is more than 150 years old. But the church has not always been in the same spot. The Swan Quarters community is a lowland and is vulnerable to flood waters when torrential downpours descend upon the village. For that reason, the church leaders in 1874 came to Sam Sadler, who owned the only highland in the community, and asked if he would be willing to sell his piece of property to the church. But Sadler refused and claimed......

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31
Aug 2019

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). There is something important which every child of God should know and it is this: God will NEVER let you down. One definitive reason for that is because He is an Ever-presenthelp in times of trouble. God never promises to keep you from problems, but He does promise to walk beside you through the problems. You’ve got His word on it— If you are: Troubled – “God is…an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Tempted – “No temptation has seized you…He will provide a way out…” (1 Corinthians 10:13).......

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24
Aug 2019

A married couple seemed to always be fussing about something—really anything. One day it got especially heated as they angrily argued over some particular issue. Finally the wife suggested they write down all of their complaints with one another and sit down to resolve them once and for all. So they both sat down at the kitchen table with pens in hand and each with a piece of paper. They began to write and write… The husband would pause every so often, look at his wife, and then write some more. The wife would......

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