Pastor Don’s Pen
3/13/16 What Is Sin
James 4:17; Romans 3:10 & 23
to him that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin."
According to God‘s
Word sin is breaking or violating any of God's laws. Not only the Ten
Commandments but every instruction or commandment
found in the His Word.
Ask anyone you know what sin is and you will get a
variety of answers. People fall
into one of three different groups. Each group is pretty much defined by how
they listen to their conscience.
The first group has
received Christ as their Savior and admit they are sinners. Their conscience is
guided by the Holy Spirit.
The next group
listens to their conscience, will admit they do wrong, make mistakes from time
to time but do not believe they are sinners.
The final group does
not believe that they have ever done anything wrong
at all! No matter how you try to explain
it to them, they will admit that doing even one thing wrong makes them a
Heavenly Father, Help the Lost understand through the
testimony of our lives that you are real.
Help us live a life being emptied of sinful living so they can see the difference
and the sin in their lives. Use us to bring the message of hope and life
after death. A life where sin will not
Living for God
As this year comes to a close we need to look back at our lives. We need to ask ourselves the question – “Did we give Jesus first place in our lives this year?” We should consider our manner of conversation - or the way we lived our lives around our friends, neighbors, and relatives during 2015. In Romans 12: 1-2, the Apostle Paul tells us just as he tells the Church at Rome, “… present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God ...” and how to do it. God’s word tells us in many different passages of Scripture several things we should put in our lives in order to be a godly testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ.
- We need to make prayer a part of our daily life(1 Thess. 5:17). Remember God talks to us through His word but we talk to God through prayer.
- Bible study ought to be part of our lives on a daily basis (II Tim 2:15).
- Just as the Lord Jesus Christ told the disciples in Matt 28:18-20, He tells us to be a witness for Him. We must do this in order to bring the lost men, women, boys, and girls to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Last of all, but not least, as we walk down through this life, are there things that are keeping us from being an effective servant of the Lord Jesus Christ? 1 John 2:6 tells us to walk as He walked.
As the year comes to an end, we need to consider our lives in 2015 and see if they match up to God’s Word. We also need to prayerfully consider the changes that need to be made so that at the end of 2016 we can truthfully answer the question, “Did we give Jesus first place in our lives?”
Wonderful Time of the Year
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. People, for the most part are happy and joyful. People, during this time of the year, decorate their Christmas trees and put up Christmas lights inside and outside of their homes. We send out Christmas greetings and cards to our friends and relatives. We likewise receive greetings and cards from our friends and relatives. We give and receive Christmas gifts. People also hold Christmas parties and sing Christmas songs during this wonderful time of the year.
Let us take a moment to consider all the money and all the commercialism put into Christmas. Do we really think about the true meaning of Christmas? Remember, even though man has turned Christmas into a holiday of commercialism, it is not about that at all. Christmas is about the birth of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ(Luke 2:11 & 12).
I am not saying that we should not give gifts at Christmas time. The wise men gave gifts to the baby Jesus (Matt. 2:11)We as Christians ought to give a gift unto the Lord Jesus Christ and his work, first of all and above all, before giving unto others.
MerryChristmas & GodBlessYou
Pastor Don & family
December 14 God’s Grace
God’s Grace is God’s Forgiving mercy, or put another way, its God’s unmerited favor towards mankind.
Romans 11:6says “And if by grace, then is it no more of works, otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace; otherwise work is no more work.”
- R iches to me (Forgiveness of Sin)
- Expense, He paid for my sins on the Cross
Ephesians 2:5 says “Even when we were dead in sins, hath He quickened us (made us alive) together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved:)
The scripture tells us that because of Adam’s sin (Gen 3:6)
· death passed upon all men (Rom 5:12; 3:10, 23)
(Man was born with the sinful nature of Adam)
· God gave mankind forgiveness of sin when he gave his only begotten son (John 3:16) (To die in our place)
Remember mankind does not deserve God’s Grace, however, because of God’s wondrous love for mankind and His willingness to permit His Only Begotten Son to pay the price for man’s sin, we have salvation through The Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember there is not a thing you and I could do to deserve this wondrous salvation (Eph 2:8-9). It is available only through God’s grace, alone.
Pastor Don’s Corner
Gardens of the Bible
A flower garden is a place of great beauty especially during the Spring-time. There are many gardens mentioned in the Bible. Here are a few I found inscripture.
· The Garden of Eden (Gen 2:8-9)
· Ahab’s Garden of Herbs (1 Kings 21:2)
· The royal garden – which is the garden of Uzza (2 Kings 21:18)
· The royal garden at Susa (Esther 1:5)
· The garden of Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:41) where the Lord Jesus
Christ was buried.
· The “Kings Garden” mentioned in 2 Kings 25:4 & Nehemiah 3:15 is near the
pool of Siloam
· The garden of Gethsemene (John 18:1) where a detachment of troops, and
officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came with lanterns, torches,
and weapons and bound Him.
Most of us think of the beauty a flower garden produces, however a garden starts as a place of death and burial. Let me explain with the Words of Jesus Himself. Joh 12: 24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
All of the beauty of the garden started with a seed that had died. That dry dead seed was buried. One would think that for that seed life is done. The truth is that unless the seed died there is no new life. Once the dead seed is buried and is watered it germinates and a brand new life springs forth from it. Once the plant breaks through the soil it is bathed in sunlight its source of life.
We asChristians have come from death as well. How fortunate for us that Jesus died for us that new life could spring up in us and reveal the beauty of the Life of Christ Himself in us. We are bathed in Son-Light by the Spirit of God in us.
Eph. 3: 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.
Just as a garden needs nutrients in the soil to grow, we as God’s young garden need God’s Word to feed us. Mathew 4: 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’.
A Garden is a place of beauty when cared for, however if left unattended it once again becomes place overgrown with weeds and thorns that can choke out the life of the flower. Prov. 24:31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down.
We also must be watered and cared for to reveal the……….
Beauty of the Lord in our lives..
Isa 58:11 The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
As we approach this Thanksgiving season, I am sure we all have things we are thankful for.
God tells us in Ephesians 5:20 and in 1 Thessalonians 5:18to be thankful for all things.
I am sure there are some things or activities in each one of our lives that we wonder how we can be thankful for. If we will read Romans 8:28, we see that God tells us
- “And we know that all things work together for good to them
- that love God, to them
- who are the called according to his purpose”.
Here are just a few of the many things I am thankful for:
- Being born into a Christian family
- Receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, at the age of 5 in March 1957
- My family
- Church Family
And most of all the
- Salvation that God provided for each and every one of us, through the Lord Jesus Christ and what He did for us upon the old rugged cross.
As we come upon this Holiday Season lets count our many blessings and thank God for each and every one of them.
God Bless you all Pastor Don
Prayer is a very important part of a Christian’s life.
God talks to us through His Word. We talk to God through prayer. Just as earthly fathers want their children to talk to them; God wants His children to talk to Him.
· Jesus talked to His Father in John 17:1
These words spake Jesus and lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:”
· The Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples how to pray in Matthew 6:5-13 (the model prayer).
· God tells us in Colossians 1:9 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we should pray without ceasing.
The more you pray to God and the more you ask for God’s power, the more strength and power you will receive from God.