Pastoral Encouragement – “The Missing Ingredient in Your Godliness?” – March 15, 2019

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“The fear of God is the soul of godliness.”[1]   How often do you think about the “fear of God?”  Would you say that this fear is a significant part of your Christian life?  Do you measure your spiritual growth by your growth in this particular virtue?  Do you ask yourself questions like:  How much do I fear God?  Is my fear of … Read More

Pastoral Encouragement – Where Do I Start? – March 2, 2019

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“Discipleship”… it’s one of those words that we are all used to hearing but find difficulty defining. All Christians are disciples. Acts 11:26 let’s us know that the disciples were “called Christians”, which means that if you are a Christian, you are a disciple. All Christians are called to make disciples. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” – … Read More

Pastoral Encouragement “Never Talk about Religion or Politics” – February 23, 2019

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Has anybody ever given you the warning that you should never talk about religion or politics?  It’s been said that if you want to have a peaceful get together with family or friends, that religion and politics should never be a topic of conversation.  That advice seems especially sage in today’s political climate.  Just mentioning number “45” can turn a … Read More

Pastoral Encouragement – Celebrating Pastor John MacArthur’s 50 years of Pastoral Ministry – February 10, 2019

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Today Pastor John MacArthur will celebrate 50 years of pastoral ministry. To put that into perspective: In 1969, The Public Broadcasting Service was established and aired the first episode of Sesame Street.  In 1969, American Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon and uttered the immortal words “That’s one small step for man, one giant … Read More

Pastoral Encouragement – Where is the Safe Space for Christians?

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Does it seem odd to you that a culture that advocates tolerance, love and acceptance, would also condone and even celebrate an article attacking a Christian School for teaching Christian Doctrine? Link to Washington Post Article Do you find it inconsistent, that the media would consider it newsworthy to report the audacity of the Vice President’s wife to teach art, at a school … Read More

Pastoral Encouragement – Are you “working the land” or are you following “empty pursuits”?

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“He who tills his land will have plenty of food, But he who follows empty pursuits will have poverty in plenty.” – Proverbs 28:19–20 (NASB) I don’t know how much experience you have with farming. But I have very, very little. I remember when I was a child I used to go and pick fruits and vegetables on a farm … Read More

10 Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year – Pastoral Encouragment

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As we begin to settle into a new year, we would encourage you to read and consider the following questions from Donald S. Whitney (he is the author of the book that we are currently working through in Sunday School class Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life). The following is quoted directly from an article by Donald Whitney: 10 Questions … Read More