Letters from the Pastor

Daily Treasure

Daily Treasure

For May 19, 2022 Dear church family, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was nicknamed the “Prince of Preachers.” He styled himself as the “last of the Puritans.” He was compared to “Great-heart” in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Some of his associates called him “Governor.” For authenticity, please pronounce that last title as “govna” and go full Cockney with it. His wife called…

Bare Tree and Little Wind

Bare Tree and Little Wind

Dear church family, This week and the next, we will feature and briefly present two books. Why present books to the church family? There are many, many reasons to focus occasionally on books: 1) Books are not screens. Books are made of paper. Books resist swiping; 2) Books don’t have batteries and will work during an extended power outage; 3)…

The Public Reading of Scripture, Part Three

The Public Reading of Scripture, Part Three

“Compare Scripture with Scripture. False doctrines, like false witnesses, agree not among themselves.” –William Gurnall We practice the reading of the Scriptures during the worship service because of the command and exhortation of Paul to Timothy, who wrote, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture…” (1 Timothy 4:13). Scripture permeates the whole of our worship. The…

A Call to Prayer

Dear church family, This week’s devotional begins with a blast from the past. This is from a devotional written many, many months ago: I am so excited about what the Lord is going to do this year. And my excitement is not primarily about entering into and using the new facility (Although make no mistake, I am very enthused about…

Pray for the Afghani Church

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” (Heb 13:3) Dear Church Family, Maybe you have seen in the news lately that there is a crisis going on in Afganistan right now. After the U.S. forces were removed, Taliban forces have quickly retaken the…

Discerning Our Love For The World

Dear church family, This week’s devotional is about the exhortation and warning that the apostle John issued to the first-century churches. In effect, John wrote to them with a similar warning to that which James issued to the churches when he urged them to consider, “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?” (James 4:4) The…