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July 5, 2017, 8:48 AM

God is Still Speaking

Disciples of the Lord Jesus all know that God has spoken through the Holy Scriptures - the Bible. This beloved book is our sure guide in times of trouble and in times of plenty. Not only is it a sure guide, it is an infallible guide. It is always right and in no place is it wrong. But, God is still speaking! God is speaking through his messengers today. His messengers are those called to preach his word in the midst of the assembly of God's people, the church, and those called to proclaim his word to the lost on the highways, byways, markets, and campuses of America and the world. The latter are called evangelists and the former are called pastors and elders (the same office, just different names). Of course, God's messengers today do not communicate infallibly as did the authors of the 66 books of the Bible. Nevertheless, they do speak for God and God speaks through them. This is shown through the Bible itself, where we read of many who did not become an author of sacred writ but who, nonetheless, spoke for God and the hearers were expected to heed. God spoke through men and women! It is also shown throughout church history. Literally, hundreds of men and women could be named who spoke on behalf of God and those who did not listen were regretful. Men like St. Patrick, Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley, George Whitfield, and women like Amy Carmichael, Amy Barber, Jessie Penn Lewis, and Elizabeth Elliot to name only a few. It is shown through contemporary experience wherein time and again a Christian was tempted to not attend a meeting of the church on a particular Sunday but went anyway and discoverd that what they heard that morning was exactly what they needed to hear! Or, they received guidance in an important decision!

God is still speaking! Come to the meeting of the church and hear what he has to say. You may miss the word he has for you.



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07-05-2017 at 3:57 PM
Suzanne Simko
That is why I don't like to miss church!
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May 18, 2017, 11:06 AM

Updates

Greetings, saints and visitors! The youth, and those adults who also attended, are still enjoying our memories from the ReThink Student Conference that we attended last month. For the previous two Sundays we had the youth give brief presentations of what they learned at the conference. I have received comments from others that they appreciated hearing what the youth had to say. They all did an outstanding job! Thank you, Kai, Kirsten, Dakota, Coulter, Clark, Christian, and Jael! We know you all put a lot of preparation into your messages. Thanks to Brian, also, who gave a great summary of one of the sessions that he attended. And, thanks to those who gave so the youth could go! It was a worthwhile experience being able to go and our youth have received an innoculation against our culture of unbelief!

Last Sunday I preached on pride. For anyone who missed it, please read and meditate on this sermon which is now posted.

Ever onward for our God and his kingdom!



Comments

05-30-2017 at 1:24 AM
Pastor Craig
Thank you, Suzanne! Yours words are always encouraging! May God bless you!
05-24-2017 at 3:39 PM
Suzanne Simko
So happy to see our youth being willing to "stand up" and give testimony!
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April 19, 2017, 10:39 PM

What sends a person to hell?

A common refrain that is heard among Christians is that "the only sin that sends a person to hell is the rejection of Jesus." This is simply not true. Greg Koukl sums up the truth: "God does not condemn anyone for rejecting a Jesus he has never heard of. Rather, men are held accountable for their own moral crimes against God, and for rejecting the Father, whose voice is heard everywhere." - from Faith is not Wishing, page 43. This is why every person in every culture in every nation in every time after the coming of Christ must come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, because every person has sinned. This is why the gospel must go through the whole world. Because the whole world has sinned.



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05-24-2017 at 3:34 PM
Suzanne Simko
I thought "unforgiven sin" was the only thing that would keep one from going to heaven.
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April 11, 2017, 6:40 AM

Pilgrim's Progress

We are reading and joyfully studying ,in our Adult Sunday School class, the greatest book of all time ever written by one man: Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. If you have never read this book you are really missing something! One peek: Christian is walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Bunyan then gives us this poem:

"Poor man! Where art thou now? Thy day is night. Good man, be not cast down, thou yet art right, Thy way to heaven lies by the gates of hell; Cheer up, hold out, with thee it shall go well."

Are you in a valley? Hold out! It will turn out well. Lean upon your Savior's strength!



Comments

04-19-2017 at 10:43 PM
Pastor Craig
Not exactly, Suzanne. But that is a good question. When people say "hell is on earth" they refer to the suffering that besets most people. When Bunyan refers to the gates of hell he means the machinations of evil spirits to attempt the fall of pilgrims.
04-17-2017 at 9:08 AM
Suzanne Simko
"Thy way to heaven lies by the gates of hell" is an interesting phrase. Is that why some people say they think "hell is on earth"?
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March 13, 2017, 10:35 AM

The Story of Reality, Part Four

Every worldview has four elements. They are: creation, fall, redemption, restoration.

Creation tells us how things began, where everything came from, the reason for our origins, and what reality is like. Fall describes the problem, because everyone recognizes that something is wrong with the world.

Redemption gives us the solution, the way to fix what is wrong. Restoration describes what the world will look like once it is made right.

Our worldview helps us answer the most important questions we have:

Where did I come from?

What is my problem?

What is the solution?

How will things end for me?                        

 Puzzles are a good way to think about worldviews because they are made up of several individual pieces, too. (God, Jesus, Moses, the Law, grace, cross, faith, and many more)

  1. If you are missing pieces, or if you have pieces from another puzzle mixed in, then it will be difficult to put the puzzle together correctly.
  2. Pieces from one puzzle cannot sensibly be mixed with the pieces of another puzzle because they are made for different pictures. (You can’t take the unique value of human beings, for example [a central piece of the biblical worldview] and force it into a Hindu or atheist worldview. It won’t fit. They are different puzzles with different pieces.)
  3. How do you put a puzzle together? By looking at the whole picture..
  4. The Christian Story (a true story!) is the story of how the universe began, why the world is the way that it is, how things can be made right, the role we play, and how everythingturns out in the end.


Comments

03-26-2017 at 5:49 PM
Pastor Craig
Thank you, Suzanne!
03-21-2017 at 11:14 AM
Suzanne Simko
Your presentation of this book was helpful in helping me understand why people think they way they do.
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