Heart of Kindness

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.

Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?” (2 Samuel 9:3a)

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.

“Power of the Gospel”

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.

We have 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 a “fool.”

David 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.”

Abigail 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 picture. 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!

“Influencer”

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 wouldn’t change.

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.

“In Darkness, What Do You Hold On To?”

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 me.”

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!!

Simple Message

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.

“Power of the Gospel”

This Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

[Act 13:44] “On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.”

The 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?

Pursue: 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.

Promise:  23 “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 His people.

Person: 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!”

Permission: 39 “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 respond.

This Easter season may we be bold like Paul to share this eternity altering message in the places He leads us!

“A New Direction”

This weeks Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.

“Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.” (Joshua 3:4)

It had been forty years since Israel had left Egypt, and they were about to cross that final barrier into their Promised Land.  They were about to cross the Jordan River.  God had led them various ways over the forty years. Their path had been directed by a cloud and by Moses, but those things were gone.  This was going to be different.  There was some uncertainty ahead.  They had never passed this way before.  This time their guidance would come from the object that represented God’s presence, the Ark of the Covenant.  Yet for this to work, they needed to give the Ark enough space so they could see where God was leading them.

Have you been in uncertain waters lately?  Do you find yourself thinking, “I’ve never been this way before”?  You have a God who desires to lead you.  Sometimes discerning God’s direction requires that we give things a little space, that we learn to “wait” and see where He’s leading us.

Put your focus on God.  You may not know where you are going, but He does. He even knows the right time to move.  Wait on Him.

“The GREAT Exchange- Blessings in Place of Curses”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Daniel Grant.

Deuteronomy 23:5 “Nevertheless the Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.”  We serve a God who is able to take the curses, the very worst of what happens to us in this life and turn it into a blessing. Moses is reminding the Israelites of an underhanded attack that took place. Their enemies wanted to have them destroyed, cursed, and obliterated. As Balaam spoke, God took the curses, and instead turned them to blessings. Three times Balaam went up to curse Israel, and three times God filled Balaam’s mouth with blessings!!

What are the areas in your life that the enemy wants to use to curse and destroy you? What are the losses, challenges, difficulties, and deaths that our enemy wants to use to bring destruction in our lives? Hold those things up to God and let Him use them for good. I’m reminded of another verse, Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” He doesn’t promise that all things are good but that they can be worked together for good. Take that heartache and pour it out to God and you will be amazed at how God can and will use it for your good, AND the good of others. Don’t shy away from the dark and difficult things, those are the things God can and will use for good! Hold fast, stand strong, and know for certain that both God and we love you!!

“Humble”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.


“After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded”. (John 13:5)

It’s the night before He dies. He knows He’s going to die. He knows just how painful and difficult the next 24 hours are going to be. He was not only facing a brutal Roman scourging, but the most humiliating and painful of deaths – crucifixion. In case that doesn’t seem bad enough to you, He will also be carrying the entire weight of the world’s sins upon His shoulders. So just how did the Son of Man act, knowing all that was ahead of Him?

He humbly served His disciples. He very carefully laid aside His garments and clothed himself with the garb of a slave. One by one He slowly made His way around the room of disciples, washing each man’s feet in His basin of water. On His last night He wasn’t displaying defiance. He wasn’t displaying awesome cosmic power. He was giving a vivid illustration of humble service. He was giving an example that He intended His followers to follow.

Truly loving others is not glamorous. Following your Master’s example won’t result in accolades and headlines. Humble service, despite our circumstances, is simply showing the world what Jesus is really like.

Justice For All

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.

[Num 31:1-2] 1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the children of Israel…

The doctrine of “just-war” has been the subject of many theological discussions. It is sometimes hard for us to reconcile these historical sections of the Bible that don’t align with our modern views. We must be careful when we read the Bible through our 2019 lenses. Though it is easy for our senses to be offended when thinking of modern stories of atrocities and genocides, there are three points that can help us see the importance of passages like this.

Number 1: God takes sin seriously and so should we. The Bible says the devil is like a roaring lion looking to whom he will devour. Sin will destroy your life, your family, your marriage. It must be dealt with like cancer. If you don’t take it seriously, it will kill you.

Number 2: This is a reminder that God will bring justice on a rebellious and prideful world. When God says, vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord (Deut 32 & Rom 12) it is a sobering reminder that He is a righteous Judge, not us.

Number 3: God poured out this judgment on Jesus so that we could be delivered from His wrath. There is no cheap grace, it cost God everything. We are grateful that although sin still must be dealt with, it is through the sword of the Spirit, and not man, that now conquers kingdoms and idols. Jesus, and not us, became like the “Midianites.” He endured the vengeance of God, so we could be free. This is the tool that He has given to us to advance His Kingdom. Let us be diligent and grateful to unleash the power of the Gospel this week!