Message from Pastor Ron


15
Dec 2018

The late, great evangelist, Billy Graham, once shared a story about the celebrated neurologist Dr. S.W. Mitchell. The Philadelphia doctor had gone to bed early after an exhausting day when he was suddenly awakened by a loud knock upon his door. When he opened it, he found a little girl, standing there poorly dressed and deeply distressed. She explained that her mother was very sick, needed to see a physician immediately, and begged the good doctor to come with her.    It was a cold, snowy night, but the weary doctor dressed and......

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08
Dec 2018

I love this season of the year and the message it sends to all. Christmas is a standing invitation to come out of the cold and into the warmth of God’s love. Charles Swindoll put it in these words: Like tiny frightened sparrows, shivering in the winter cold, many live their lives on the barren branches of heartbreak, disappointment, and loneliness, lost in thoughts of shame, self-pity, guilt or failure. One blustery day follows another, and the only company they keep is with fellow-strugglers who land on the same branches, confused and unprotected.......

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01
Dec 2018

In the nativity story in Luke we are introduced to a righteous man named Simeon who received a promise from God that he would not taste death until he had seen the coming of the Son of Man, the Messiah spoken about by the prophets of old. Indeed, he lived long enough to behold and then hold the baby Jesus. Luke tells us, “Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: ‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace, for my eyes have seen your......

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22
Nov 2018

First, let me wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope this day is filled with lots of love and joy for you and your family! I’ve always loved this National Holiday and evidently what it is to me is true for so many. The day before Thanksgiving is the most traveled day of the year. So families and friends love to gather on this special day and enjoy favorite traditions. Most will gather around a dinner table with loved ones and share a delightful meal. Many will enjoy shared activities such as watching a......

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17
Nov 2018

When I was quite young I enjoyed reading the early English novel and exciting adventure Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. When Crusoe found himself on a deserted island one of the first things he did was to make out a list. On one side of the list he wrote down his problems; on the other side of the list he wrote down his blessings. For example, on the problem side he wrote: I do not have any clothes. On the blessing side he wrote: But it’s warm and I don’t really need......

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03
Nov 2018

The prophets of the Old Testament, along with the writers of the New Testament, were concerned about mental health and emotional well-being because they believed God was concerned about it. There is a towering mountain of instruction on this subject that can be seen through the entire Bible. In this amazing abundance of material you find positive solutions to dealing with negative emotions.   In general, the perspective of the biblical writers was that even in the most difficult and trying circumstances, God’s people are able to rise above the circumstances and,......

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27
Oct 2018

I want you to think with me about words. In particular, consider what the Word says about words. Let me ask you this first: Do you think the kind of words a person uses are an indication of character? In other words-Can you interpret what a person is by what he says? Well, you would want to know-Jesus thought so. He said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). If that is true then it shows it matters the kind of words we use. Hurtful words, hateful words, and harmful words should......

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20
Oct 2018

This week I’ve been watching MLB League Championship Series with the National League and American League while looking forward to the World Series next week. As of this writing, the Boston Red Sox have a commanding 3-1 lead over Houston Astros in the American League and the L.A. Dodgers have a 3-2 lead over the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League. Though I’ve been a Cubs fan for many years, still I would enjoy seeing the Dodgers back in the World Series. Some of my favorite World Series games involve the Dodgers......

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13
Oct 2018

I want to share with you today a devotional thought from Streams in the Desert – I hope you will enjoy it and benefit from it. This is inspired by the passage where Jesus said to His disciples– Let us go over to the other side (Mark 4:35).   Even though we follow Christ’s command, we should not expect to escape from the storm. The disciples were obeying His command, yet they encountered the fiercest storm. In their distress, they cried out for Christ’s assistance.   Christ may delay coming to us during our......

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29
Sep 2018

In the devotional book, Streams in the Desert, Abbot Benjamin Vaughan writes of the compelling truth which accompanies the realization of Jesus’ resurrection: A well-known preacher was once in his study writing an Easter sermon when this thought gripped him: “My Lord is living!” With excitement he jumped up, paced the floor, and began repeating to himself, “Christ is alive…He is not the great ‘I was’ but the great ‘I am.'”   Christ is not only a fact but a living fact. He is the glorious truth of Easter Day! We believe in a risen Lord, so do......

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