This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. (2 Kings 19:1) Hezekiah knew they were coming. The terrifying Assyrian army had been slowly making its way south through the land and was heading for Jerusalem. Hezekiah had prepared the city for the coming attack – digging an amazing tunnel through solid rock to bring water into the city and prepare for a long siege. Finally, the day came when the ruthless Assyrians were outside Jerusalem’s gate, demanding surrender. It’s a good thing to be prepared for life’s difficult times. Yet to be honest, you can only prepare so much. The real test of the trial is what you’re going to do when it finally arrives. Hezekiah handled his greatest test by seeking God. Covered in sackcloth and ashes, he wasn’t the picture of joy. He was the picture of grief. But in his grief, he sought God. Sometimes God’s answers to your questions will come immediately, but sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the deliverance you’re looking for will come overnight, but sometimes it doesn’t. The help you’re looking for isn’t in the deliverance. The help is in the seeking. Weep, if you must, but seek God. He is our help.
This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller. [2Ki 5:13 NKJV] …”My father, [if] the prophet had told you [to do] something great, would you not have done [it]? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” The story of Naaman and Elijah is a powerful picture of the gospel in many ways. A man with an incurable disease, desperate and willing to pay anything to change it. The Hebrew slave girl that plants the seed of hope, declaring that Elijah could heal him. The impotence of the world to do anything to help Naaman. Elijah’s simple instructions to go to the Jordan and wash seven times and be healed. When Naaman comes seeking the cure, he comes ready to pay any price. We all want to participate somehow in our salvation. We desire to pay some price for our redemption. We long to feel justified by some act or payment for our sin. However, the cross stipulates that Jesus alone paid the ultimate price. We can add nothing; we can only receive in humble obedience this gift of grace. Naaman almost missed his healing because of his pride. Had it not been for his wise servants encouraging him to take the simple step of humble obedience Naaman would have stayed a leper. The gospel may be simple… but it doesn’t mean it is easy. Go, wash, and be cleansed. These same words are there for anyone who would listen today. They require only humble obedience for the seeker. May we, like the slave girl, be willing to plant the seeds of hope even among our enemies. Most importantly may we like Naaman not miss out on Jesus’ healing because of our pride or religious expectations. Go, wash, and you shall be clean!
This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich
A prophet was sent north to
confront King Jeroboam about the idolatry of the northern kingdom. The prophet was told by God to give the
message, come straight home, and not stop for any reason.
When the prophet reached
King Jeroboam, the message was delivered, and even accompanied by some
miraculous signs. The King was indeed
impressed and asked the prophet to stay, but being true to God’s command, the
prophet refused. On the way home, the
prophet was met by an older prophet from the northern kingdom. This man too asked the younger prophet to
stay, and once again the younger prophet refused. That’s when the older prophet decided to
lie. He said to him, “I too am a
prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying,
‘Bring him back’” (1Kings 13:18). The younger prophet followed the older
one home, had dinner, but because he had disobeyed God’s direct order, he was
met by a lion on his way home and died.
Beloved, there are people
who are out to deceive you. The most
pernicious of these lies come from those claiming to speak for God. You and I are accountable to God to listen to
the truth, and not the lie. How do I
know who is lying? Keep your nose in the
book that tells you the truth. Keep
reading your Bible and doing what it says.
“This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.”
In a world saturated by sin, constantly pouring out a
narrative against God, godliness, and righteousness, how can we keep our heads,
hearts, and hands clean? David struggled with this very thing in Psalm
51:10“Create in me a clean
heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” I echo David’s
sentiment, and I believe that having a clean heart and clean conscience really
is a work from God. We are also exhorted in1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.” How do we keep our way clean? 1) By asking God to create
a clean heart in us! 2) By confessing our sins and forsaking them!! 3) By
living according to His Holy Word!!! Then, and only then, will we find the
steadfastness of the Lord. As we humble ourselves – His infinite strength meets
our every challenge.
Further in Psalm 51 David wrestles with the awareness of
his own brokenness. He calls his brokenness pleasing to God. How can brokenness
be pleasing to God? Brokenness, openness, and humility are essential elements
in our maturing with God! Psalms 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are
a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not
despise.” When we are humble, God will mature and lift us up. When we are
proud, God brings us down to save us! So, pray with me this week, for a
contrite heart, for clean hands, and clean conscience that honors God with
every feeling, thought, and action!
week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may
show the kindness of God?” (2 Samuel
David was not a typical new king. He didn’t fit the mold of the guy replacing
an old dynasty. The pattern of ancient history was for the new king to slaughter
every known relative of the last king.
You never knew if some distant relative might think you took their
rightful place and then plot to take your throne away from you.
But not David.
For years Saul had hunted
David and had tried over and over to put him to death. Yet David never lifted a
hand against Saul. And now, after Saul’s
death, David has a desire to show kindness to Saul’s family. David found Saul’s crippled grandson and lavished
him with wealth and honor.
Like the rest of the world,
we can certainly find ourselves wanting to hold on to grudges and even the
score with those who have hurt us. We
may try to guard ourselves from anyone with the faintest connection to those
who have hurt us.
But not God.
Think about how God has treated us. Though we were once enemies, it was His
kindness that drew us back and even saved us.
Oh that we may learn and cultivate this same heart of kindness.
This week’s Pastor to Person was
written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[1Sa 25:33 NKJV] 33 “And
blessed [is] your advice and blessed [are] you, because you have kept me this
day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand.
all been in those moments of blinding anger. Whether driving on the freeway, or
that one guy at work or home who really knows how to “push your buttons.” It is
amazing how quickly our patience can turn into passion when we feel wronged by
had been insulted by Nabal (whose name means fool). David was so offended by
his attitude and actions he rallied his army to wipe out Nabal and all his
servants. When our pride has been wounded, we can so quickly boil with
righteous anger. The bible warns us about our anger… the book of James says, 1:20
“for the wrath of man does not produce
the righteousness of God.”
rides in with grace and humility. She brings gifts and blessings to David. She
reminds him of his calling and even prophesies about David’s life. Her gentle
answer quenched the flames of David’s wrath and got David to see the bigger
Take a moment and
thank the Lord for the people He has placed in your life to point you to
wisdom. Maybe it is a parent, spouse, mentor, or loved one. Abigail is a wonderful
picture of how the Spirit works in our life. He comes with grace and wisdom,
warning us before we sin. Reminding us of what God has done and wants to do in
our lives. Let’s remember to be grateful for the “Abigail’s” in our life! And may we also be ready to give a gracious
and gentle answer instead of fanning the fury that often rages around us. Let’s
be like Abigail this week!
This week’s Pastor to
Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way.” (1 Samuel 12:23)
Samuel’s role in the nation
of Israel was going to change. The
people had been clamoring for a king, and the time had come to install Saul as
king of the nation. What would Samuel do
after this? Would he ride off into the sunset? Would he work on his golf game?
Samuel’s role with the nation would certainly be changing, but his calling
Samuel had been a man of
prayer. For forty years he had been part
of that wall, that hedge of protection, interceding with God on behalf of the
nation. That wasn’t going to change.
Samuel was also a man called
to speak. As a prophet, he had been a
mouth piece for God. He had given guidance to the nation. There were times he even had to call them to
repentance when they had gone astray. That too wasn’t going to change.
Do you want to be an
effective influencer for God’s kingdom?
It doesn’t matter whether you are at the beginning or the end of
ministry, the call is the same as Samuel’s.
Make a commitment to intercede daily for the people in your life. Make a commitment to share truth to those you
pray for. Make these your lifelong calling.
This week’s Pastor to
Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.
Are you having a rough day, a rough week, or a rough life?
Take courage friend, you’re in good company. Paul was imprisoned unjustly.
Transported over the Mediterranean on a cargo ship. He gives the crew solid
advice which the captain promptly ignores! They find themselves in the most
desperate of situations – blown off course, outrageous wind, colossal waves,
and two weeks of not even seeing the sun… The sailors want to abandon the ship,
the soldiers want to kill all the prisoners, and none of them have eaten. (I’m
not a nice person when I haven’t eaten, ask my wife)
What does Paul (the prisoner) do in the midst of all this? He
prays and spends time with Jesus. In the ship where there is NO PEACE, he takes
hold of the Prince of Peace. God delivers this precious message to him: Acts
27:22-25 “And now I urge you to take heart,
for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For there stood by me
this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, 24 saying, ‘Do not be
afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you
all those who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore
take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told
Spoiler alert, God does EXACTLY as He said he would –
everyone is rescued. Paul interceded on behalf of the whole 276-person crew. Beloved,
no matter the storm, or the sickness, or the abandonment that you feel, reach
out for the Prince of Peace. He is our hope, He is our anchor, He is our very
life, hold on to Him and you’ll find that you have everything you need!!
This week’s Pastor to Person
was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
“…testifying to Jews, and
also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21)
On Paul’s way back to
Jerusalem, he stopped at Miletus and called for the leadership of the church at
Ephesus to meet with him. Paul had this notion that this might very well be the
last time he ever sees these men.
As they wept together over
what might be ahead, Paul reminded them of the simple, consistent message that
he shared wherever he went. To some
folks, the “gospel” can seem quite complicated.
Paul reminded the Ephesian elders the gospel was a simple message about
repentance and faith.
Repentance is about turning
around. It’s about a change of heart, a
change of mind. It’s a person that has
been running from God who turns around and runs toward God.
Faith is about
trusting. Salvation doesn’t come by
trusting in what we’ve done for God.
Salvation comes from trusting in what Jesus has done for us. Jesus died to pay for our sins and getting
right with God comes when we trust in what Jesus did.
Are you uncertain about your
eternal destiny? Are you struggling with
guilt and shame? Paul’s message to you would be a simple one. Turn around and start trusting in Jesus.
This Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
13:44] “On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear
the word of God.”
book of Acts shows us a glimpse of how Paul preached the gospel. Paul’s message
was so powerful the entire city came out to hear it, what did he say?
17 “The God of this people Israel
chose our fathers…” Paul begins His message with God pursuing His people.
Paul walks them through the history of God’s redemptive plan. How he brought
them out of slavery, led them into the wilderness, and raised up a king after
His own heart.
“From this man’s seed, according to [the] promise…” Paul brings His
message to the focus of a promise. Connecting God’s love from Genesis to the
present, he reminds them of the promised “Seed” that God would send to deliver
23… “God raised up for Israel a
Savior–Jesus–…” Paul doesn’t shy away from preaching Jesus. The Gospel is
about Someone, not just something. He first gives testimony from John the
Baptist, then Paul lays out Jesus’ prophetic death and resurrection. Without
this, there is no “good news!”
“and by Him everyone who believes is justified…” Lastly Paul doesn’t just tell what
Jesus did, but he invites everyone to partake. As powerful as the news is, it
is our response to it that changes lives. Paul gives them permission to
Easter season may we be bold like Paul to share this eternity altering message
in the places He leads us!