Pastor’s Thoughts

Does God Love Everyone?

Does God love all people? This is a great question, and one which we automatically snap out an answer to without even giving it much thought. “Yes, of course he does. He created us therefore He loves us!” Before we allow our own emotions to answer this question however, maybe we should allow our God, through His word, answer for Himself. As a missionary sent to preach the gospel, I was recently asked this question, in a manner of speaking,…

The Temptations of a Minister of the Gopspel

The following is from Spurgeon’s devotional “Morning and Evening” for July 5th. “We are quite apt to regard the apostolic saints of the first century as though they were “saints” in a more special way than other children of God … In thinking this way, however, we forget the truth that the closer a man lives to God, the more intensely he will mourn over his own evil heart; and the more his Master honors him in His service, the…

Judging False Teachers

“Judge not, that you be not judged!” Matthew 7:1 O how this verse gets misused, and sadly it is equally distorted within the church as it is by those outside the church. If only we would read the rest of the passage before trying to apply it to each and every situation where judgement is called for. Today we are in such trouble in the area of discernment within the church, and a large reason for it is because of…

John 3:16 Theology Lesson

John 3:16 is one sentence in the middle of a conversation. It is not a book unto itself, as it would seem when considering how it is usually interpreted. It is one of the most cherry picked verses of all scripture, and its context is usually completely ignored. Because our goal in bible study is to expose what the word of God says, rather than imposing on it what we want it to say, we must revisit the text and examine this…

People aren’t bad

Popular “Christian” Theology Today: People are not bad, they are human, we just makes mistakes. This popular theology is unbelievably harmful to the church and flat out wrong. The idea is that man is inherently good but does have a few small blemishes. The bible teaches something very different: man is not only bad, He is wick, evil, enemies of God, hostile to God, rebellious, idolaters who would rather worship creation than creator, and it is proved by the fact…

Decisional Christianity

As I talk to people I often here the terms “accepted Jesus” or “made a decision for Jesus” or “invited Jesus into my heart” when referring to salvation. Whenever I hear it, you’d think as a pastor I would celebrate, but the reality is, it saddens me to some extent. It saddens me first of all that we use unbiblical terms to teach people about salvation in Jesus. Nowhere in the Bible are we taught to “accept Jesus” or “invite…

Calamity Coming

May 20th, 2013 an F5 tornado with winds peaking at more than 200 Miles per hour hits Moore, Oklahoma. Neighborhoods, stores, and schools are indiscriminately flattened by this monster storm which appeared out of nowhere. When warning sirens started blaring, thousands of people headed for shelter where ever is could be found. Sadly, many did not have time to make it to shelter, some were forced to take refuge in areas that were not suitable to protect them, and as…

A Heart of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is at the very heart of the Christian life. An acknowledgement of God’s greatness and might, and my small status in need of His provision and protection which can only come as a means of His wonderful grace, because I don’t deserve anything good from His hand. It has been said “anything this side of hell is God’s grace”. When we see our God as He truly is, which is revealed to us on the pages of the Bible,…

Lord of All

Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  This statement by Jesus at the end of Matthew’s gospel is well known by Christian’s, yet in our day, not…