Posted by Pastor Dave in UncategorizedMay 31st, 2011 | No Comments
Have you ever hoped for good news and received bad news? I am impressed with Nehemiah. He refused to let bad news keep him down. After four months of prayer he seizes an opportunity to act. As a result of his of his prayers, God gave Nehemiah wisdom to construct a plan. As the conversation continued between him and the king the extent to which Nehemiah had prepared becomes increasingly apparent. (Nehemiah 2:1-9)
Nehemiah’s prayer, “Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” Nehemiah 1:11 (NIV) was answered, I believe, because of Nehemiah’s...
Posted by Pastor Dave in UncategorizedMay 23rd, 2011 | No Comments
In biblical terms, justification is a divine verdict of “not guilty.” Romans 8:33 (NIV) Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
In its theological sense, justification is a legal, term. It describes what God declares about you. Justification is more than simple pardon; pardon alone would still leave us without merit before God. So when God justifies He assigns divine righteousness to you. This means Christ’s own infinite merit then becomes the ground on which you stand before God.
A man who lived in England came over to the United States...
Posted by Pastor Dave in UncategorizedMay 16th, 2011 | 1 Comment
A study by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that belief in a concerned God can improve response to medical treatment in patients diagnosed with clinical depression. The operative words here are “concerned” and “caring,” the researchers said. The study found that those with “strong beliefs in a personal and concerned God were more likely to experience improvement.”
The researchers compared the levels of melancholy or hopelessness in 136 adults diagnosed with major depression or bipolar depression with their sense of “religious well-being.” They...
Posted by Pastor Dave in UncategorizedMay 9th, 2011 | 2 Comments
Many of you know, my wife, Elli, and I lived in Montana nearly ten years. During our time there, the movie, A River Runs Through It, was filmed near us. The movie told the story of the Maclean family, who lived in Montana early in the twentieth century. The father of the family was a Presbyterian minister—stern but loving. His wife was supportive and nurturing. They had two sons: the oldest, first-born Norman, who tells the story, and a younger son, Paul.
We meet the Maclean family when the boys are young, squirming in the front row while their father preaches in church. We watch them grow...
Posted by Pastor Dave in UncategorizedMay 2nd, 2011 | 1 Comment
When we actually believe it is up to us to make lasting heart changes in our lives rather than believing God is willing and able wants to transform us, we have once again lost to the flesh. We have falling into the trap of trying to win the battle over the flesh with the flesh.
You’re flesh cannot bring about lasting change. We need to God to work in us that His Spirit may accomplish all that He wants to do!
Instead of citing a list of should and should not’s in holiness, Paul assures us that the Spirit of God determines the path of transformation of true followers of Christ. You and...