Christ Has Come!

This Advent season we are called to reflect upon what Christmas is all about. What trappings characterize this most busy of seasons? Is it tinsel and holly, cedar and pine, Santa and children, mistletoe and jingle bells, family and parties or something deeper; something richer and more satisfying? I hope the presentation of “Celebrate the King” this past Sunday reminded us of the true meaning of Christmas. Christ stands at the center of this most joyous of celebrations! In our busy shuffle … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs

In the past week we have moved from the Thanksgiving season into the Advent Season. It seems as though, it has been a rush, and our schedules are already full of activities. If we are not careful, this season will just be more parties and events and we will be exhausted from the many events surrounding this very special time of the year. The Advent season is to help us look toward the celebration of the coming of the Christ Child. It seems that in just a few days decorations have come out of … [Read more...]

THAT TIME AGAIN

“…making best use of the time” – Colossians 4:5 “I can’t believe it’s Christmas time again.” I say that phrase every year. We all do. Each year spring gives way to summer, summer to fall, fall to winter, and before you know it you’ve made another trip around the sun. Time passes quickly, which is why the Apostle Paul reminded the Colossians to make the best use of it (4:5). So, what should we do with our time as it speeds by? Paul had an answer for that question. He said, “walk in … [Read more...]

GIVE THANKS

Psalm 107:8-9 “Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Most of us have fond memories around our parents’ table at Thanksgiving. For us, sometimes it was just my parents, grandparents and great grandmother, but almost always someone who did not have anyone to celebrate with. Maybe a friend or a widow. All the women would cook for two days! So much love and work went into … [Read more...]

FOLLOWING GOD…

And He (Jesus) said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Luke 9:23. (ESV) In today’s world, denying ourselves anything is not a popular tenant. Yet in Scripture, it is the cornerstone of a faith filled disciple of Christ. The type “followship” Jesus calls believers to is not as easy as it seems. Following in the good times, when blessings abound is not a struggle. It is when the call to deny yourself enters the equation that … [Read more...]

FROM PASTOR DAN

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we need to seriously look at our attitude about being thankful for the things that God has allowed us to have. One might say, “I have worked hard for what I have.” We must remember that God has blessed us so that He might be exalted. We were reminded this past Sunday from Daniel chapter 4; we must strive to build God’s Kingdom and not a kingdom for ourselves.  Several years ago, my family had the privilege of having an exchange student from … [Read more...]

TRUST IN THE LORD

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 Have you ever made a bad decision? Maybe something that you just do without praying or thinking it through? As you know, I love hiking on the Appalachian Trail. It is not a horribly difficult trail. There are so many books, manuals, and websites to give you advice. You have to try hard to get lost on the Appalachian Trail. … [Read more...]

The Country That Does Not Know Jesus

“Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” – Isaiah 6:9–10 “The days of explosive church growth are over.” This quote came from a recent lecture by Dr. Jim Hamilton, the head of the Biblical Theology department at my seminary. He likened the people of today’s … [Read more...]

Vision…

One definition of the word is “the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.” This definition comes close to describing the meaning of the words in the hymn Be Thou My Vision. This great hymn of our faith, penned by an anonymous author, originated between the years 400 and 700 A.D. among the Irish people. During this era, Ireland was a place of great faith and missionary zeal. Some scholars believe the hymn was a product of this evangelistic fervor. It wasn’t until … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Paragraphs

Matthew 25:37-40, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you’?” “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me.’” This past Saturday was SERVE day at Eastern Hills. This passage was … [Read more...]