This week’s Pastor to Person was written by
Pastor Caleb Beller.
Mat 17:19 Then the disciples came to Jesus
privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”
“The moment you doubt
whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it. –J.M. Barrie, Peter
Pan. In the fairy tale, Peter Pan, we are told if we want
to fly, we just need to think of a “happy thought.” If you google, “believe in
yourself” you will find many a quote from sports figures, to politicians who
will tell you basically the same thing, you just have to believe in yourself
and anything is possible. While this sounds very exciting, in reality this is
just not true. Standing on the edge of a cliff I can jump and really want to
believe I can fly; the issue will not be the amount of my faith but the object
of my faith.
Jesus had just returned
from the mount of transfiguration with three of his disciples. The other nine
had been waiting where Jesus had left them. While waiting a desperate father
begged them to heal his troubled son. When Jesus arrived, we learn that the disciples
were powerless to help. Jesus rebukes the demon and the boy is healed!
disciples ask Jesus why they couldn’t heal the boy. Jesus tells them it is
because of their, “unbelief”. The issue was not the size of their faith, Jesus
said if only their faith was the size of a “mustard seed” they could move
mountains. We can infer from the story
that the issue was not the amount of their faith but the object. “Why couldn’t we
cast it out?” their focus was on their own power. Jesus tells them this
kind only comes out through “prayer and fasting.” This speaks about a
dependence on God, not self. Having faith in yourself can’t save you or others,
but even a little faith in Jesus is enough to move mountains!
This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
“Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than
many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:31)
I love the fact that the most repeated command in
Scripture is “Don’t be afraid”. I
believe the reason this command is so common is because most of us live with so
many fears. Fear affects our decisions,
traps us in inaction, drives our anger, and just makes life miserable. Yet over and over God reminds us not to be
afraid. In Matthew 10, Jesus reminded us
of our great value to God. God keeps
track of His creation, even the tiny sparrows.
God knows the number of hairs on our head. Some of us feel like we’re worthless to God,
but it’s just the opposite. He values us
greatly. If He knows this much about us
and values us so much, we don’t need to be afraid.
The context of the passage is something that a few of
us are afraid of. Jesus is telling His
disciples about how He is sending them out into the world to share the gospel,
to bring God’s love and forgiveness to a needy people. Some of us find that task a little
intimidating. We’re afraid of offending
people, or we might be afraid of how they will respond. Yet despite these kinds of fears, Jesus gently
reminds us that we are of great value to God, and don’t need to be afraid.
Don’t be afraid to share what God has done for you.
This week’s Pastor to
Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Gen 6:8 NKJV] 8 But
Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
A man bought an old $4 painting at a flea market in Adamstown, Pennsylvania, in 1989, thinking the frame could be fixed and reused. When he removed the canvas, he saw a folded paper stuffed in it. He opened the document and couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, dated 1776. Later that year, the manuscript was auctioned for $2,420,000.
As exciting as it would be to find a
treasure hiding in our midst Noah found something much more precious. In the
midst of a generation where everyone was doing what was right in their own
eyes, Noah was looking for someone else.
Here in this dark chapter about the
depravity of mankind we see the very first mention of “grace” in the bible.
Noah didn’t have to earn it or buy it, he found it. Judgment was coming on the
world. When Noah’s grandfather was born, he was given the name Methuselah which
means “upon his death it shall come.” He was the longest living man recorded in
the bible. God was patient in bringing the consequences He foretold. God was
waiting for Noah.
you discovered the treasure of the grace of God? Like Noah God wants you to
find Him, know Him and experience His love. He always offers His grace before
His judgment. Jesus said, Mat 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek,
and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Like Noah, God wants
to use you to impact the world before His judgment. We cannot stop the rain,
but we can help build the boat!
This weeks Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.
Zechariah, the minor prophet, had a strong rebuke for the people of his day. The people wondered if they should fast and mourn as was their custom in the fifth and seventh months. God challenged them to examine WHY they did what they were doing? God looks to the heart, to the motives, to the things that men don’t see. God evaluates those three things.
Was it wrong for
them to mourn and fast – NO!! But their heart was not in it! It would be better
for them to get their heart right with God and then take the right action!!
Zec 7:12 “Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing
to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit
through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts.”
Beloved don’t resist
the Lord! Don’t let your heart become hard by bitterness, by unforgiveness or
even by ritually holding on to the way things have always been!! Ask God to
soften your heart, ask God to FILL your heart with love, compassion and
forgiveness. And know that I’m standing right there with you?
This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Nah 3:19 NIV] 19 Nothing can heal you; your wound is fatal. All who hear the news about you clap their hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?
Philipippides was a professional courier who was tasked with carrying news from city to city. Having previously run 150 miles over the course of 2 days, he was dispatched from the battlefield to Athens to announce the victory. After completing the 25 miles from Marathon to Athens he, announced, “we have won” and died of exhaustion after delivering the news.
The news of victory is, “good news.” This news from the prophet Nahum was a prophecy about the downfall of Nineveh. This message of judgment on Nineveh didn’t come from the middle of a battle but at the height of its power. Nineveh was the most powerful, ruthless, destructive empire in the world. Having taken Israel captive, it seemed like all hope would be lost. Nahum’s name means comfort. Here the Lord speaks a message of hope and comfort to God’s people. Nineveh will be destroyed. This empire will fall because God has declared it.
When Jesus died on the cross, He declared, “it is finished.” In so many ways this was a cry of victory and not defeat. On the cross our sin was paid for once and for all. The power of Satan was defeated once and for all. The power of death was defeated once and for all. Although at times it may seem like Nineveh, that Satan’s kingdom cannot be defeated. The destruction has been declared, and victory has been foretold. Are you living in the light of His victory? Did you know that Satan is a defeated foe? How far will we run to share the news of His victory and Satan’s defeat? We Have Won!
This weeks Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil. (Proverbs 13:19)
It’s a good thing to have goals in life. The old adage is true that states, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll surely hit it”. Goals are especially good when they are clearly planted by God in our lives. Many set goals, but not all reach them. Sometimes it’s because we’re unwilling to pay the actual price that the goal demands.
Serious goals will most likely require some sort of self-discipline. If you have a goal of losing weight, you will need to learn to change the way you live – how you eat and how you exercise. If your goal is to buy a house one day, you will need to learn the discipline of living within your means, budgeting, and saving money. If your goal is stop an addictive behavior, there are more than a few steps you will need to learn. You will need to learn to practice those steps on a weekly, daily, and even moment-by-moment basis.
It sounds pretty harsh, but Solomon said that when I refuse to make the changes I need to in order to achieve my godly goal, I am a fool. Yet don’t let that stop you. Don’t forget the goal. When your arrow hits the middle of that target, there is nothing sweeter. There is nothing like actually hitting your goal weight or being sober for a month, a year, or a lifetime. Ready, aim, fire!
This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel
What are you sowing spiritually,
financially, relationally? The things that we put into the ground, are the very
things that grow up, flower and bring fruit! Hosea was a prophet of the Lord
who was given one of the most difficult assignments, and yet he was faithful to
do all that God called him to do. “Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy; break up your fallow
ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on
you.” Hosea 10:12
Are you sowing righteousness in your
workplace, in your home, in your ministry?? If you sow righteousness, in due
season you will reap the abundant harvest of mercy! Is there fallow(hard)
ground in your life, mind and heart that needs to be turned over, worked on and
soaked with the presence of God? Together let us seek the Lord. He is faithful
and will rain down his righteousness, his love and his dependable way of life
on us! Don’t turn to anxiety, despair or human coping mechanisms, trust the
heavenly gardener and together let’s turn to Him in prayer.
This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
So, the holiday season is upon us. For most of us that means lots of eating and
perhaps some time with family (not always a happy thing). Food and fellowship. Feasting and connection.
Daniel was a young man when he was taken with the other
captives to Babylon. Along with the
other “recruits”, Daniel was prescribed a specific “Babylonian” diet. For Daniel and his friends, there was
something troubling about this Babylonian food.
So, Daniel went to his overseer and requested, “Please test your
servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to
drink. (Daniel 1:12)
For ten days Daniel and his friends were allowed to
shun the Babylonian diet and eat a healthy Jewish diet. At the end of those ten days, Daniel and his
friends were examined, and sure enough, they were much healthier than the other
Some of us might wish we had eaten more vegetables
than we did pumpkin pie, but that’s not where I’m going with this. The thought I’d like to suggest is whether or
not people can tell that you are on a different spiritual diet than they
are. If someone got close enough to you,
would they see something different in you?
Would I have the courage to say, “test me for ten days… and see if I’m
not better off?” Am I able to say,
“Taste and see that the Lord is good!”
This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Rev 14:6 NIV] 6 Then
I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim
to those who live on the earth–to every nation, tribe, language and people.
much of World War II, Allied bombers would sometimes drop leaflets warning of
impending bombing of a city. The leaflets often told civilians to evacuate, and
sometimes encouraged them to push their leaders to surrender. In August 1945,
leaflets were dropped on several Japanese cities (including, supposedly,
Hiroshima and Nagasaki). The first round, known as the “LeMay
leaflets,” were distributed before the bombing of Hiroshima.
These leaflets served
as warning of the impending destruction. It gave people an opportunity to
choose life and escape. Here we see similarly the grace and mercy of God on
full display. Three warnings are unleashed for the world to see.
The first is the
message of the gospel to every nation, tribe, language and people! What an
amazing example of grace. Everyone everywhere receives an equal opportunity to
make a choice about Jesus! The second warning is a prophecy about the collapse
of the antichrist’s kingdom “Babylon”! The world is warned Babylon is a sinking
ship! Vs.8 “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the great”. The last warning is
the eternal consequences of choosing to worship the beast. Vs.11 “there will
be not rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image,”
proceed the judgment. God in His grace has scattered us as leaflets in our
cities and families! Do people hear and see the gospel in us? Are we sounding
the alarm? Jesus has done his part; the question is will we? Who do you need to
tell this week?
This weeks Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel
Watch out! Jude gives us several warnings that we need to
heed in the modern church. Jude 11 “Woe to them! For they have gone in
the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and
perished in the rebellion of Korah.” Three notorious sinners, but what
do they have in common? The entire letter of Jude hinges around warning
believers about men that are just like these three villains. Each of these men
rejected the truth of God for a lie. Cain rejected God’s truth and killed his
brother. Balaam rejected God’s blessings and sent harlots into Israel in order
to stumble them. Lastly, Korah rejected God’s choice of leadership and insisted
that he was as good as the man that God had instituted.
Just in case you
think that sinning affects only the sinner, look at the families and people
around these three notorious men.
The way of
Cain – Pride leads to Murder. Family ripped apart!!
The error of
Balaam – Greed leads to idolatry. Balaam was killed and so were
many leaders of the people of Israel.
The rebellion of Korah – Envy led to subverting
leadership. Korah’s whole household fell suddenly, irrevocably and completely!
Not everyone who wears the badge of “Christian” is a follower of Jesus of
Nazareth. Jude warns the early church and us – look out for imposters! Contend
for the true, holy and sensible faith that we have in Jesus!!