Message from Pastor Ron


10
Apr 2021

Years ago a missionary in Brazil discovered a native tribe in a remote area of the rain forest near a large river. The tribe was in need of serious medical attention. It seems a contagious disease had spread quickly among the people and devastated the population. Many were sick and some were dying. A hospital was not too far away, across the river, but the tribal group refused to cross because they believed it was inhabited by evil spirits. Entering the water would mean certain death—they thought. The missionary testified how he......

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03
Apr 2021

Early on that first Easter Sunday morning, the women (Mary and the others) came to the tomb with spices to complete the preparation of Jesus’ body for burial. Upon their arrival at the tomb, they discovered the stone was rolled away. They entered and found the body was not there and the tomb was empty. While they wondered over what might have happened, two angels stood beside them and said, “He is not here, He has risen!” (Luke 24:6). So the women came to the tomb expecting to find something, but they found......

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27
Mar 2021

This Sunday is Palm Sunday and we turn our attention to Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. We do so, fully aware, and in anticipation of the event which followed on Good Friday in the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross of Calvary. This we do with the greatest expectation of celebration because of the culmination of our faith in the resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter Morning! This is our Good News (Gospel)—our joyful proclamation of Salvation! All of this we will do in the coming days! But before all this......

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20
Mar 2021

A life insurance salesman was speaking to a customer about a policy. When he completed his presentation, he said, “I think this matter is of utmost importance, but I don’t want to be pushy about it. So why don’t you go home and sleep on it tonight. And ifyou get up in the morning, give me a call!” There is certainly an urgency about some things in life and one of those things is our spiritual lives. Yet, for many of us, if we are not careful, there may be a tendency toward......

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13
Mar 2021

Tommy Bolt was a great golfer on the pro tour for many years but he was known for one major flaw, a horrible temper. One year he was playing in a tournament in southern California, and he was still steaming because of a bad round the day before. He angrily told his caddie in a condescending voice not to speak to him that day unless spoken to first and then only to answer with, “Yes, Mr. Bolt” or “No, Mr. Bolt.” Otherwise, he was to keep silent. He asked his caddie, “Do......

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06
Mar 2021

This past Sunday I shared the message Words Matter. Perhaps we all need to be reminded ever so often that the words we use and choose are important. Honestly, have you ever been tempted to say something you know you shouldn’t? Have you ever said something you wish you hadn’t? Then James 3:1-17 provides us all a good push in a positive direction. James knew the power of the tongue for good or evil. So he reminded us to STOP and THINK before we speak. I would add this – when you do, learn to......

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27
Feb 2021

I cannot begin to tell you how much I am enjoying preparing and presenting to you our current worship sermon series Faith Works.  The book of James teaches us to practice our faith daily in the circumstances of life. We know very well that faith is important. Scripture teaches us, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). We know, as well, that we are to exercise that faith in the life God has given us. We know all this… The problem, however, is that so often when we face serious challenges to our......

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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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