Ian and I flew to New York last week. When we were sitting in our seats waiting for the plane to take off when the stewardess gave all of us some instructions to consider in case the plane experienced some kind of emergency. Afterwards she came up to the man sitting in front of us and began to talk to him. When she talked with him her demeanor became more serious and intense. She told him that he was sitting in the row where the emergency exit was located. She stressed to
If you asked people what their favorite holiday is, many would say that it is Thanksgiving. This past week I scoured the scriptures looking for that perfect verse for tonight and I think I found it. It is found in Ecclesiastes 2:24. It says, “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.” This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving and hopefully everyone will be able to say with Solomon, “There is nothing better for a pe
Our text today is, Ephesians 6:10-14, Paul says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be a
Laz and Donna, for those of us that know something about your past, we can testify today that God has done a miracle in your lives. It is a profound miracle, it is a powerful testimony to God’s reconciling abilities, it is a moment to acknowledge the grace of God that has brought you together today. It is a moment to testify that the same grace that has kept you while you were apart has now brought you back together. It is also a moment to acknowledge that the grace that h
Psalm 59 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me;
2 deliver me from those who work evil,
and save me from bloodthirsty men. 3 For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
fierce men stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
4 for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Awake, come to meet me, and see!
5 You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Rouse yourself to punish all t
“Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.” Proverbs 30:7-9 This morning I read an article about a homeless man in our community. It is a sad story. Apparently, this man has burned every bridge in our community so that no
I sat reading J.C. Ryle’s book ‘Steps Toward Heaven’. He has a section in this book where he begins five consecutive paragraphs with the words, ‘Cling to Christ’. I found myself wanting to obey his admonition more and more with every mention of it. In my thoughts I considered Mary in John 20:16. In it is a story about a woman named Mary whose heart wanted to cling tightly to Christ. When she realized that Christ had been risen from the dead and the he was right there in