Message from Pastor Ron


09
Oct 2021

I can identify with the small boy whose parents were insisting that he eat some spinach. The boy said, “Why are all the vitamins in spinach and not in ice cream where they belong?” I’m not really sure why; I am only sure that’s the way life is. Spinach is packed with more of the kind of nutrition that you need than ice cream. It’s also true that the tough experiences of life often bring more of what we really need than the easy experiences of life. God uses the unfortunate situations......

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02
Oct 2021

I like the story of a woman who received an unlikely call…This woman answered her phone and heard a voice say, “Hey, this is Barbara. I know you have been tired lately and going thru a stressful time so I am going to do you a favor tomorrow. And I won’t take no for an answer. I’ll be at the house early, fix breakfast and bring it to you in bed. I’ll get the kids ready and get them off to school. You don’t have to worry about a thing. Then while you......

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25
Sep 2021

Charlotte Elliot was considered a bright and promising young lady. In her twenties she was accomplished as a portrait artist and as a gifted writer of humorous verse. Despite her career success, by her early thirties she suffered a serious illness that left her weak and depressed. In the depth of her despair, a respected minister, Dr. Caesar Malan, came to visit her. As they conversed, he asked if she had found peace with God in her life. She reacted angrily to the minister’s question and refused to answer. Later, after she......

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18
Sep 2021

Scripture teaches us to live in what it calls “the most excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). This is the way of love. This is a big deal in the Bible. In fact, the whole of scripture commends, and even commands love. For example— “Love the Lord your God…and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). “The fruit of the Spirit is love…” (Galatians 5:22).  “The goal of our instruction is love” (1 Timothy 1:5 NASV) “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6). “And He has given us this command: whoever......

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11
Sep 2021

Do you sometimes feel like the media is trying to sell you stuff all the time? Think about it. You can’t open your electronic device or turn on your TV without someone trying to make you feel unsatisfied with what you have and offer something they want you to get. Advertisement has slowly moved in recent decades from communicating product information to manufacturing consumer desire. Since companies crave consumers’ money, they market in such a way that consumers will crave their products. Advertisers spend more than $500 billion annually as part of......

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04
Sep 2021

During recent weeks in our N.C.I.S. study of the commands of God, I have been reminded just how much we fall short and are in need of God’s mercy. Fortunately, the Bible says, “God is rich in mercy” (Ephesians 2:4). That means there is no lack of love or shortage of mercy with our Lord. We learn in scripture that God offers mercy through the cross of Calvary. You may feel, as I do, underserving of His mercy—and you would be right. But still, He offers His mercy freely and graciously. The apostle Paul......

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28
Aug 2021

Have you thought lately about how blessed we are to be in a place of grace? It’s true. In the words of Paul, as believers: “We have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Romans 5:2). The word access means “to be ushered into.” The word carries the idea of “being ushered into the presence of royalty.” In the New Testament, this word is found here and two other places, both in Ephesians and both with the same meaning as here: “For through him (Jesus) we have access to the Father… (Ephesians 2:18) and “In him and......

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21
Aug 2021

Football season is just around the corner and I like that. God made the fall for football—everybody knows that! This week I was watching an ESPN report on Frank Reich, head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, and my mind wandered to the first time I heard his name and saw him play. At the time, he was the back-up quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. It was on January 3, 1993 in the AFC First-Round Playoff Game and after halftime the Bills were down 32 points to the Houston Oilers. Frank Reich entered......

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14
Aug 2021

An ancient story is told about a servant who journeyed with his master to Baghdad. As he walked the busy streets in the market place, he saw Death in human form. Death looked at him with such a piercing look that it frightened the servant, and he thought it meant that Death was soon to take his life. He quickly rushed back to his master and told him what he had seen in the market place and asked if he might ride his camel to Samaria, 15 hours away, because he was......

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07
Aug 2021

I’ve been thinking today about how much I rely on my cell phone every day. I feel like I’m constantly reaching for my smart phone to talk to someone, text or email someone, or to research something. You are probably the same way. It’s amazing how far the phone has come since Motorola came out with the first public mobile phone in April of 1973. (I googled it on my smart phone). Yeah, the phone has come a long way and totally transformed how we use a phone, including how dependent we......

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