“What Should I Do?”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Mic 6:8 NKJV] 8 He has shown you, O man, what [is] good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

Micah was prophesying in a time of great political and spiritual turmoil. Apostasy, judgment, false prophets, it was a confusing time for God’s people. Yet in the midst of these dark days, there was hope in the coming Messiah.
In the middle of all the chaos, the godly were wondering where to start. Micah reminds them to start with what they already know.
Micah reminds us of three things God has called us to do. First, we are to do justly. God cares about justice. We represent his heart in our passion and pursuit of justice. His justice however is not defined by courts and governments but by the Word of God.
Second, we are to be lovers of mercy. We are not God’s police simply enforcing the law, but we are also paramedics; responding with His grace, seeking to heal, and restore the broken and hurting.
Lastly, Micah reminds us that all of this is rooted in our relationship with God. We should seek justice and administer mercy because we humbly walk with Jesus as a result of the Gospel.
As we get pulled in so many different directions this season, let us remember what is good; and what God has called us to do. To walk with Jesus. To allow the gospel to humble us, and to motivate us to be His hands and feet in this hurting and broken world.

“Counsel”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. (Proverbs 11:14)

It is good to receive counsel. A counselor is one who will give you advice, teach you, and help you to make wise decisions. The person who thinks they can go through life without counsel is probably going to make more than their fair share of mistakes. Receiving counsel requires humility and an openness to be taught. If you are unwilling to listen and learn things, then counsel will be of no use to you.
Who do we get “counsel” from? Hopefully we are receiving from the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. If we are wise we will also allow others to speak into our lives as well. It may be a pastor or a trained counsellor. It may be a friend. Some of us are unaware of just how much counsel we get from our various sources of “news”, whether it is FaceBook or some news channel.
Solomon said there was safety in a “multitude” of counselors. As he watched his father rule Israel, Solomon observed that David had more than one “counselor” or “friend”. A wise person will be open to listening to differing opinions before making their choices in life. We are facing unprecedented days beloved. We’ve never passed this way before. May we find “safety” in the choices we make.

“The Perfect Gift”

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

[Pro 4:7 NIV] 7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
It is officially Christmas season! Our decorations are up, and my kids have their Christmas-lists out! For me shopping for the “perfect-gift” can seem as elusive as Ahab’s white whale.
Here Solomon tells us that of all the things we can get, of all the things we could want, at the top of the list, should be wisdom! In chapter 3 Solomon says that wisdom is more valuable than silver, gold, and rubies; that it is even connected to long life!
If wisdom is so valuable how do we give it or get it? Solomon gives us a clue in [Pro 9:10 NIV] 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Yes, we can glean wisdom in a book, or see it in a work of art, but the secret to wisdom is not found in some inanimate object or impersonal force. Wisdom begins with our relationship with God! The more I know Him, His heart, His Love, His promises and how they are woven into this amazing narrative of the Gospel, the more we discover the treasure of wisdom!
What are you longing for this season? The most satisfying gift you can receive or give will be this gift of wisdom. First ask the Lord to reveal more of Himself to you this year. Second, ask Him how you can share this gift with those you love! It truly is the perfect gift!

“Strong Conviction, Humble Heart”

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

I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (better known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) They stood up to the absolute ruler of Babylon. I imagine it was a difficult stand to take especially because EVERYONE else was kneeling…What I love most about this story is how humble and how resolute they were in their conviction to NOT worship anything that is not God!! Their speech to the King was respectful, they knew that this could cost them their lives, and yet they stood. They submitted to authority until the point at which their earthly authority violated what they knew God had told them…

Beloveds be like these young men, who were humble, respectful and were also facing the fiery furnace. Where we need to be careful is not to be belligerent, not be divisive, but be singularly focused on worshipping the Lord God in these difficult times. Go the extra mile to be respectful of your neighbor, obey all governing authorities and continue to worship God. Do not let anything stop you from worshipping God, but we also need to be creative about how we do that in the near future. Sending digital hugs, Daniel

“Modern Day Miracle”

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

[Eze 37:12 NKJV]…’Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

On May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years! Only one other time in history had a people and nation been so defeated and dispersed and yet return. The Jewish exile & return from Babylon happened just as God said it would. Although that 70 years must have seemed like a lifetime, this prophecy from Ezekiel would span roughly 2,500 years of Jewish History!

The rebirth of Israel is arguably the greatest modern-day miracle of our generation However more than a miracle it was to be a sign

Jesus in His teaching to His disciples about His return said this. Mat 24:33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.

The establishing of Israel back in the land is a fulfillment of Ezekiel 37! It reminds us that God says what He means and means what He says! It is also a reminder that we are to be preparing for Jesus return! As we look at these signs let us remember like Noah, we can’t stop the rain, but we can build the boat! Let us live in the light of prophecy, remembering Jesus words Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

“The Throne”

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

And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13)

We often think of the book of Revelation solely in terms of prophecy and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  Those are certainly a large part of the book, but the focus of the book is really about one Person.  It is all about Jesus Christ.  The book starts with a vision of Jesus and ends with an invitation to follow Him.

A large part of the book focuses on what we call the “Tribulation” period, when God begins the process of bringing judgment to the earth.  Yet just before we see all these difficult things unfolding, we get a glimpse of things in heaven.  You might expect that with such turmoil and tragedy around the corner that heaven might be in chaos.  Yet it is not.  Instead there is a singular focus on God’s throne and the universal worship that breaks out.

Your life right now may be facing uncertainty.  You may be facing more difficulties than you could have ever imagined.  Beloved, put your eyes on heaven.  God is not surprised at your circumstances.  He’s still on the throne, and He wants to carry you through.

“Blessed Assurance”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[1Jo 5:13 NKJV] 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may [continue to] believe in the name of the Son of God.

The last few days have been very unsettling. States too close to call, legal challenges, recounts, the election results have us in this emotional ping-pong match between fear & joy. Like the fourth quarter of a championship game, every potential “make” or “miss” has you on the edge of your seat. Maybe you are feeling this way right now. However, in the midst of the many things we do not yet know, John reminds us of something that we as Christians should know.
John says that He wrote these things so that we can know (today) for sure that we have eternal life! This is one of the key distinctions of Biblical Christianity. There is an assurance, a present confidence, in our hope of heaven. This is evidenced not just in the writings of scripture, but in the many Christians who suffered going to their death; confident in the hope of heaven.
There are some who think faith is about “insurance” or something we have “just-in-case,” but our faith is about assurance, a faith rooted in facts. Just as we are confident in the sun coming up tomorrow, we can be confident in the truth about Jesus and His promise of eternal life!
Let God’s Word today fan the flame of faith for your Soul. Let us not let the things we don’t know; get in the way of things we do know! Live today with the blessed assurance of heaven not because of what we do, but because of what He has done! Let us rejoice today! “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!”

“Prescription for Peace…Gracious Humility”

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

If you are like me and are aching for a little peace, I would strongly recommend that you read the fifth chapter of 1 Peter. My desire is that God would establish, strengthen and settle me, but that comes only when I have submitted to Him and taken on the humility that God desires! 1 Peter 5-7 “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

We can cast our cares upon Him, and we can know that He truly does care for us! He holds us in the palm of His hand, but He desires that we stay humble. Peter in this chapter acknowledges that the people of God had suffered, but his exhortation to them was to receive God’s heavenly grace and not elevate themselves in PRIDE. He tells them that if they exalt themselves that God himself will oppose them! It has been a rough year (that feels like a decade), and we are not through it yet! So, stay humble, hold fast to the Scriptures and to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and know that the grace of our LORD will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus:-)

“V-Day”

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

[James 4:6 NKJV] 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

September 2, 1945 General Douglas MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender from General Yoshijiro Umezu abord the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. President Truman declared September 2 as the official V-J day. In newspapers across the world that day hundreds of soldiers and civilians were rejoicing together.

The word for “resist” literally means “opposite-of”, or “against.” Many see pride as a barrier with our relationship with people, but James tells us that what it really does is put us at war with God!

There are multiple commands in this chapter, resist, draw, cleanse, purify, lament, weep, but winning the war of pride is not about trying harder or self-control. James 4:7 says, therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. The key to our victory with pride is surrender!

It is our surrender to Jesus and the work of the gospel that is the catalyst for the grace and peace that follows. It is not until we accept the defeat of our own effort, strength, and righteousness that we can resist the devil. Our pride is really a war of independence from God’s love. When we surrender to the cross all of these other things (resisting, cleansing, humbling) become possible.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. God promises that our surrender brings real victory. Do you need grace? Do you need power to resist the devil? Surrender to the truth of the gospel! Let us turn to the cross, and away from self-righteousness. Rejoice in His victory and know that you are loved, forgiven, & new!

Chaff or Wheat

This week’s P2P was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.

“The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:28)

We live in a world that is filled with voices.  We hear voices from TV, Facebook, paperbacks, politicians, and pastors.  It seems that just about everyone has an opinion on something and it will be the end of the world if we don’t pay attention to them.

The prophet Jeremiah lived in a day like that.  In fact, he lived in a day when his nation was going to be coming to an end.  There did not seem to be a shortage of self-styled “prophets” who had something to say.  Some claimed their authority from their dreams.

Do you know what “chaff” is?  It is that thin husk or skin that surrounds a seed.  It is that red skin around the peanut when you crack open the shell at the ballpark.  The process of winnowing removes the chaff from the wheat kernel.  The chaff is worthless.  It just sticks in the back of your throat.  It’s the kernel that has value.

My dear friends, could I encourage you to renew your commitment to reading and studying God’s Word?  God’s Word has the nutrition your soul needs.  It has the answers to the questions you are looking for.  It will always point you to God, and not the silly idols of this world.  Go for the good stuff.