Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Don't Worry...

From Psalm 2...

The raging of the nations and the plotting of powerful people to throw off all restraints of God's kingdom is in vain. People may plot and scheme but God is sovereign and is always one step ahead of our plans. God is never taken by surprise and we take refuge in these great truths.

God reigns over all. He sees and knows all things.

Our response? Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.

My question is, how do you trust in God during these tough times? What are you doing to confront the everyday stresses of your life?

Lord, I am convinced that no matter what happens in life to bring me down, you are able to lift me up. I take refuge in you. You are my strength, my song, and my deliverer. Amen

Monday, March 30, 2009

Save Me, O My God

This post is based on Psalm 3...
I am currently reading through the Psalms. I will share some of the insights I am learning from this great book.
1. The situation v. 1-2-Scores of people are against David; they are taunting him
2. What he believes v. 3-6 His strong faith in God; his confidence in God's sustaining power enables him to rest. He vows not to be afraid of the many people who set themselves against him
3. What he prays for v. 7-8 His prayer reflects confidence in God hand in his life, his circumstances and protection from his enemies. He believes ultimate salvation belongs to the Lord and all blessings will come from the Lord.
Lord, continue instilling in me the same confidence David had in you. When I am afraid, help me turn to you in faith, always convinced that you hear my prayer and will answer me from your holy hill. You are my glory, my shield and the lifter of my head! Amen

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Workshop on Biblical Exposition

About 30 pastors from Western PA, Maryland, Eastern PA, and Ohio will spend MARCH 31 - APRIL 2, at First Presbyterian Church learning how to sharpen their preaching ministry. Pray that every participant will commit to the challenging but rewarding task of preaching expository sermons.

Healthy churches always have strong healthy preaching.

To learn more go to http://www.simeonworkshops.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63&Itemid=99


Friday, March 27, 2009

Unity of the body

Four weeks ago I am having the time of my life playing basketball at the local YMCA. After only two games, someone hit me in the back of my foot with a baseball bat, or so it seemed. My team mates helped me to the side line and I was convinced my Achilles tendon had ruptured.

The MRI results showed some tearing but the tendon, for the most part is in place. My doctor expects me to recover in the next 6-8 weeks. It's amazing how an injury to this little band of fibrous tissue has totally altered my mobility.

What's true for the human body is also true for body of Christ. The apostle Paul advises, For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body...If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. I Corinthians 12: 14, 15, 26

As your pastor, called to preach the gospel and shepherd God's people at First Pres. I have this dream that one day our congregation will get it. Every member is important. When members withdraw from the fellowship the church loses some of its mobility; it limps.

If you have been away from the fellowship of God's family it's time to come home. If we are to be a healthy, loving church in heart of New Castle, every person, every gift, every heart, is important!