Post Tagged as ‘Pastor’s Thoughts’

Deuteronomy 6:4-5

  • By Pastor Ron West
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  • June 14, 2020

 ¶ “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:4-5 From God’s point of view, life with Him is far more than just trying to be good. It is always about relationship—relationship in which surrender is the way we express our grateful love to Him. Jesus, in amazing love for us, surrendered Himself on the cross to rescue us from our helpless bondage to sin and set us on a journey to all that is good […]

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Matthew 25:40

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  • June 11, 2020

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’   Matthew 25:40 Asaph’s song was a rebuke to the Israelites for failing to fulfill their God-given purpose. God had chosen them to show the world how to live right and judge justly, but they were failing miserably. Instead of defending the weak and fatherless, they were defending the unjust and showing partiality to the wicked (Ps. 82:2-3). In his commentary on Psalm 82, Henry wrote: “A gift in […]

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Numbers 14:8

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  • June 7, 2020

If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’  Numbers 14:8 God’s offer to liberate us from the slavery of sin is often met with resistance. When He rescued the children of Israel from Egypt, God took them through difficult places that caused them to doubt His good intentions. “Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” they cried (Num. 14:3). On our journey of faith, there are times when the “freedom” of sin that we left behind is […]

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2 Kings 5:15

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  • June 4, 2020

And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”  2 Kings 5:15“ In every bad experience, there’s a good illustration.” Finding the good can be a challenge, but Scripture confirms that God uses bad circumstances for good purposes. In 2 Kings 5, we find two people who had bad things happen to them. First is a young girl from Israel who was taken […]

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Genesis 16:13

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  • May 4, 2020

She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 Hagar, Sarah’s handmaid, was being treated unkindly by Sarah, so she fled into the wilderness. As Hagar stood beside a spring in that desolate and lonely place, the Angel of the Lord visited her. He assured her that God Himself was aware of her situation. Hagar responded, “You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees” (Genesis 16:13). She found great comfort in knowing that the Lord God saw her and knew about her distress. You […]

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1 Corinthians 9:24

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  • March 27, 2020

1 Corinthians 9:24 The main goal of all believers should be to find God’s plan for their lives and then to go after it with all their might and strength. But most Christians have never even awakened to the fact that God has a special race for them to run! This is why Paul asked the Corinthians, “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but only one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” Paul teaches us here that we are in a “race.” The word “race” is the Greek word which later […]

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The Day of Reckoning

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  • March 26, 2020

The Day of Reckoning After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. Matthew 25:19 No one likes to think about judgment, but there is a day in all our futures when we will stand before the judgment seat of Christ to give account for our lives. Paul makes this very clear in 2 Corinthians 5:9-10, where he writes, “Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, […]

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1 Corinthians 15:58

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  • March 25, 2020

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.  1 Corinthians 15:58 In 2 Timothy 2:6, the apostle Paul compares the work of being a minister of the gospel to that of a farmer. He wrote to encourage Timothy that, like farming, making disciples can be continuous, hard labor. You plow, you sow, you wait, you pray. You desire to see the fruits of your labor quickly, but growth takes time. And as the Chinese proverb “pulling up a crop to help it grow”  so […]

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Psalm 37:3

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  • March 11, 2020

Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 Psalm 37:1-8 gives positive actions we can take as an antidote to pessimism and discouragement. Consider these mood boosters: Trust in the Lord, do good, dwell in the land, feed on His faithfulness (v.3); delight in the Lord (v.4); commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him (v.5); rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him, do not fret (v.7); cease from anger, forsake wrath (v.8). Because they are connected to the phrase “in the Lord,” those directives are more than wishful […]

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The Book That Reads You

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  • March 10, 2020

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33 We must guard ourselves against lowering the standard of God’s Word to our level of understanding or political correctness. And we must guard ourselves against raising the standards of our traditions above the standard of His Word. The Bible is not meant to be paraded past the judgment bar of your mind. You can argue with it, but why? You can pick up any other book and read it, but this is the […]

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