Message from Pastor Ron


20
Feb 2021

Years ago on a sunny afternoon in Washington DC a young man sat alone on a park bench weeping uncontrollably. A young boy walked up to him and asked, “Sir, what’s wrong?” The man shared the sad story of his brother who had been falsely accused and unjustly imprisoned. His brother was on death row and was scheduled for execution in a few days. The man had made desperate attempts to see the President of the United States to explain the situation and seek a pardon for his brother but, of course,......

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06
Feb 2021

I want to share with you some thoughts from my favorite devotional writer and preacher of a previous generation. Here are the words of Charles H. Spurgeon— The greenest grass is found where the most rain falls. So I suppose it is the fog and mist of Ireland that makes it “the Emerald Isle.” And wherever you find the widespread fog of trouble and the mist of sorrow, you always find emerald green hearts that are full of the beautiful foliage of the comfort and love of God. Dear Christian, do not......

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30
Jan 2021

I heard about a man who went on a diet but was having problems staying away from sweets. One day he had business in town that would take him right past his favorite bakery. So he prayed, “Lord, if it’s okay to stop for a donut let there be a parking place right out front.” Sure enough, he found a place in front…on his seventh timearound the block! I suppose we can all relate to that! Even as the compass needle is affected by magnetic pull, so every person feels the pull of......

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23
Jan 2021

The life of faith, it seems to me, is like a long journey. We may take different paths, but we all have one thing in common. No matter the trails, we will all still face our own trials. James begins his letter about faith by saying, “Consider it pure joy…whenever you face trials of many kinds” (James 1:2). So it’s not a matter of “if” but “when.” The trials of life are unavoidable, universal and inevitable.  I would add to that a couple of things: First, those trials are personalized. Trials are as individual as mailing addresses or fingerprints.......

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16
Jan 2021

Ok, I’m back! It feels good to return—and I have missed writing to you via this blog and sharing with you from the pulpit on Sundays. I have definitely missed my Church Family and can hardly wait to see you this Sunday! But I will tell you one thing I will not miss—the quarantine! A quarantine is just the worst—especially during the holidays. Can I get a witness? Many of you have been through it as well and you know what I’m talking about. Yeah, it’s not fun. I suppose it wouldn’t......

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06
Dec 2020

Several years ago an artist named Marits Retzch, who was also known as a great chess player, painted a picture of a chess game. This famous painting is entitled The Chess Players but is commonly called by the name Checkmate. In the painting the two players are a young man and Satan. The young man is playing with the white pieces and Satan with the black pieces. The point of the painting is that if the young man should win, he was free forever from the power of evil. But if the Devil should win, the......

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26
Nov 2020

Let me begin by wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! This is the week, of course, we celebrate the Season of Thanksgiving, but each day we have every reason to live with thanksgiving. Here’s why: God’s goodness can be found everywhere in life if we will stop and think about it. In fact, the word thank comes from the Anglo-Saxon word think. So these two words are closely connected. Rightfully so, for if we are thinking, we will be thanking. Scripture says, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5). Also, it says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days......

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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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