From the Pastor’s Heart – 3/11/2018

In 1818 Mary Godwin’s (later Shellay) book Frankenstein was published, anonymously, in London.  The main character was Victor Frankenstein who set out to bring a lifeless creature to life.  In the book, he was successful, but the creature that resulted, was a fierce and uncontrollable monster, that, ultimately, turned upon its very creator.  Down through time, the word Frankenstein has become synonymous with this evil and diabolical creature of fear and destruction rather than the man, who created the monster, whose name was, actually, Frankenstein.
 
 

You see, Mr. Frankenstein had gone through various tragedies and he desired to do something good and positive.  The was his original intent.  Therefore, he set forth to take items without life and create, by and through them, life.  The story recounts that he went to slaughter houses, graveyards, and, even, coroners’ offices to steal the basics for his creation.  The lifeless, dead entity had come alive but he did not know that, in so doing, he had created a beast; a monster of unimaginable proportions.

So, after the monster began as “nothing” then, was made into “something,” he turned upon Victor, his creator.  The monster took the life he had been given, and used it for its own purposes.

Obviously, this is all fiction, but one can, readily, recognize the similarity, in symbolism, for the life given unto each person, by the Divine Creator.  He gives life and many lives are nothing short of monstrous because they have taken the life He has given and used it for something other than that for which he intended.

But, at the cross, God quelled the character and consequences of the monster’s rebellion, in order that, “new life” could result in forgiveness.  What an awesome gift that calms the beast of Satan’s desire.  May we live in the fullness that life of assurance and hope, in allegiances to His will and ways.

I Cor. 6:19-20

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From the Pastor’s Heart – 3/4/2018

There is an interesting phenomenon in nature that I find fascinating.  There is a particular specie of wasps that stings spiders.  When it stings the spider, the sting will paralyze the spider for a short period of time, during which, the female wasp will deposit her eggs in the abdomen of the spider.  When the spider awakes, it will have wasp eggs in its belly but be totally oblivious to that reality.
 
 

The spider will go about its business of doing what spiders do; making webs.  However, after ten days, the eggs in the abdomen of the spider will start to secrete a substance that causes the spider to alter its inherent behavior.  The spider will cease to make webs, and start making a cocoon.  Crazy, right?  Who ever heard of spiders making cocoons?  That is just not the activity for which spiders are known.  But, as a result of this particular wasp, they will make cocoons, involuntarily, because of this foreign element that was introduced into them.  Upon completion of the cocoon, life will come from the eggs, and, in so doing, will kill the spider.  The baby wasp will live in the cocoon that never should have been constructed by a spider in the first place.   And it would not have, but for the female wasp.

I am concerned that we have a generation of males whom, likewise are, not acting naturally.  Young males are being feminized and not taught the lessons of responsibility, respect, motivation, and accountability that are all tenets of scripture.  Older males are failing to meet the biblical obligation to be the head of the household and to lead their families, in action and example, in a Godly manner.  Christian men are not, affectively, mentoring young men in the ways of the Lord.  Men of all ages, God is calling you to your rightful place, as He has ordained, and each of us will be answerable for those obligations.

We men have allowed foreign elements into our lives that have shifted our focus and, like the spider, will result in spiritual death.  Oftentimes, these things slowly creep into our lives, or get omitted from our lives, and we hardly realize that we are carrying that burden.  It is time to “men up” in the lordship of our salvation.

 Proverbs 7:6-27

                                                                                                     In Christ, Mike Whaley


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From the Pastor’s Heart – 2/25/2018

What could be worse than a man who becomes a millionaire, who does not understand the ramifications of his wealth, and lives as a pauper.  Likewise there is nothing worse than Christians who have been made spiritual millionaires, yet, live like spiritual paupers.
 
 
Material assets, within God’s plan, are to be used to benefit others and to advance the spread and cause of Christ.  Spiritual empowerment provides the ability to “do all things,” through faith; an awesome attribute.
 
But, as we look at the lives of some Christians, one would think that God had made, absolutely, no deposit of power into their account.  Physical money stored away, or spiritual power left unused are of no significance, despite their tremendous value.  Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourself treasures upon earth…moth and dust doth corrupt,” for it is, only, temporary.  Those in Christ receive “discernment, guidance, and judgment from the Spirit.”
 

All blessings come from God.  Both material and spiritual.  May we not waste any blessing and be obedient with the ones provided.

Eph. 1:3; 6-8; Matt. 6:21; I Cor. 2:13-16

                                                                                                 In Christ, Mike Whaley


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From the Pastor’s Heart – 2/18/2018

Some time ago, a luxury car company had a powerful car commercial.  It featured one of their automobiles with two dummies (non-living) inside.  Engineers were going to crash the vehicle into a brick wall in an effort to determine the structural integrity of their product and the affects upon the dummies.
 
 
What attracted my attention, primarily, was the appearance of the dummies.  They were not your average dummies.  These two were dressed in suits and ties.  One was, even, wearing a hat if you will.  I wondered about the sizes of those suits and whether or not they could be put to better use but I, finally, concluded that…it was their commercial.  One dummy was in the front passenger seat (the one in the hat) and, of course, the other dummy was behind the wheel, with both hands firmly on the stirring wheel.  His watch was visible on his left arm.  They were the best looking dummies, ever, as they travelled down the track for the inevitable crash against the brick wall.  Destruction was to be the end result, regarding of how well dressed the dummies, or how beautiful the automobile.
 

Many people, worldwide, go to church any given week.  They dress in suits and dresses, or other appropriate finery.  Afterward, these same people sit down in their cars, preparing to travel somewhere.  They have a destination at the time and many more such destinations, each of the days to follow.

Some of us are just dummies sitting behind the wheel of the car of life.  Like the dummies in the automotive test, we are all dressed up but we are headed for disaster.  It is very possible to be a “good looking” dummy, walking around spiritually dead, headed for a brick wall of certain destruction.  It may not, even, be a conscious realization.  Some people “are dressed up and have a place to go,” but that “place” may be far, far away from the presence of God, and a place of eternal punishment, if repentance and transformation, in Christ, does not occur.  But Jesus said, “He stands at the door and knocks” for all that will receive Him.  As we receive Him, may we lead a lost world to the Savior Lord.

Isaiah 29:13; I John 3:18

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From the Pastor’s Heart – 2/11/2018

Daily, it seems, that among the news, is some reference to a press conference at the White House in Washington D. C.  The media gathers to hear announcements and for the White House to respond to questions from the media.  Such a gathering is conducted by the Press Secretary, who is a member of the administration.
 
 

As the Press Secretary, that individual has the responsibility to speak for the President of the United States.  What that member of the administration, personally, thinks or believes about any issue is irrelevant.  As the representative of the President, their task is to express the opinions and policies, only, of the one whom they represent.

Peter (I Peter 3:15) said “Be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you, to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  The redeemed are the ambassadors and witnesses to the salvation “good news.”  In Jesus’ absence, through the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we are more than His Press Secretary.  More than reporters or fact givers.  For we have experienced the result of forgiveness, and the confidence of hope, that has become personal and intimate.  As such, we are to prepare ourselves by, “studying to show ourselves approved unto God…rightly dividing the Word,” to evangelize the lost for His sake.  To share the truth with the lost is the priority of our being, because of our own release from the consequences of sin.  We must go forth, as an army prepared to conquer for His glory and their eternity.

 

Col. 4:6; I Peter 3:15, II Tim. 2:15

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From the Pastor’s Heart – 2/4/2018

At breakfast, while eating cereal, one gets an amazing revelation.  The cereal that we eat, with milk, comes from the grain, which was processed by the mill, which was harvested from the field as a provision of God.  The milk, came from the cows, that ate the grass, that came from the ground, that God provided.  For when we contemplate the world, itself, everything that we have is traced back to God.
 
 
Everything that was made, was made by Him.  Such is a truth that is borne out by the heavens and the earth, as one observes and considers.  The very existence of all “that is,” is evidence of His presence and His creativeness.
 
What an awesome God we serve.
 

Gen. 1:1; Nehemiah 9:6

                                                                                                         In Christ, Mike Whaley


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From the Pastor’s Heart – 1/28/2017

Trafalgar Square is a popular and well known location in London.  One thing for which the Square is famous, is the collection of pigeons that gather there.  Thousands appear, on a daily basis, to feed on the bread crumbs, and other morsels of food, left by pedestrians.
 
 

One thing that you will not see in the Square are doves, along with the pigeons.  You see, the dove is one of the most sensitive birds of God’s creation.  If a dove smells something offensive, or that irritates it, it will avoid, or flee from the source of that which is egregious. 

How apt it is that, for symbolism, the Holy Spirit is represented by a dove, this most sensitive of birds.  For the Holy Spirit is just that, holy.  And as such, senses anything that is contrary to the King and His Kingdom.  It cannot tolerate the smell and will not hang around.

 I Corinthians 3:16

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From the Pastor’s Heart – 1/21/2017

The word providence is, truly, a big word.  For, as one once said, “providence is the hand of God in the glove of history.”  It is the work of God whereby He integrates, and blends, the events of the universe in order to fulfill His original design for which He created all things.
 
 

It is like God sitting behind the steering wheel of the vehicle of time.  For providence refers to God’s governance of all events, so as to direct them toward an end.  It might be like God taking what we might call luck, chance, mistakes, or happenstance, and weaving everything together to achieve His purpose or program.  When I consider the providence of God, I find re-assurance because it is a reminder that, in all things, God is, ultimately, in control because, as the architect of all things, all things are within His providence.  Where better to place one’s faith?

Gen. 50:20; Phil. 2:13

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From the Pastor’s Heart – 1/14/2017

Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sin.”  When some people hear that statement, they think that they were, or are, not that far lost or dead.  Yet, hell is the destiny just the same for each, and each needs the knowledge of that truth.  It is, as the old saying goes, one cannot be a little pregnant.  Born into sin, we are dead and lost, spiritually.  It is the responsibility of all Christians to disseminate, those truths for the sake of the eternity of the individuals.
 

 

Let me pose a question.  Let us say that I took you to a mortuary and that we went into the embalming room.  There, we observed two tables, upon each, which lay a dead body, having the blood drained from these, in order that the embalming fluid could be injected.  One body had lain there longer and decay had begun, not to mention that it was emitting unpleasant odors.  The other body, had just died, within the last two hours and, simply, appeared to be asleep, with no physical blemish or deterioration.

The question is… which body is the more dead?  One body looks normal and the other, due to decomposition, is ugly and gross in appearance.  But, neither is more dead than the other for the definitive of death is the “absence of life.”

Therefore, Ephesians points out that “any” person, without God, is dead!  Some people look good and are dead.  Some appear ok, but, are dead.  Others are ugly and dead.  Some appear happy, content, confident, and well adjusted but they too, are dead.  All of us, before Christ are in the process of decomposition and, as we who are redeemed know, the process of dying in sin can, only, be reversed through Christ, the life giver.

The Christian, and the church, must be convicted of the deadness of the masses and the need for the saving of lives.  Each of us, are being called of the Holy Spirit, a fresh and anew, to the Great Commission.

Christmas was God’s gift to overcome spiritual death, and God’s way of demonstrating His love for His creation.  Calvary was the alter of sacrifice and the resurrection was the affirmation of eternal life.

Ephesians 2:1-5

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From the Pastor’s Heart – 1/7/2018

As we travel down the freeway, there are several lanes of travel.  The outside lane is designed for slower traffic while the inside lane is for use by the faster moving vehicles.  In some metropolitan areas, there is, even, a lane just for high occupancy vehicles.  Each lane has a designated use, for a particular purpose; organized, efficient traffic movement.
 

For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men– as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.

 

Along the course of the freeway, there are, at different intervals exits that provide an opportunity to leave the flow of the freeway, to travel to a specified location.  One must be alert for the appropriate exit, leading to their desired destination, or the freeway will, actually, take them away from their purposed location of objective.  Travelling too fast, may result in missing a desired exit.

Life is like a freeway, with people travelling at different paces, along different paths.  Each individual, theoretically, has a destination or goal.  Often times, they continue on that planned path but, sometimes, people take exits different from the original objective.  Many times that alternation of destination is a positive detour and, at other times, that decision is devastating.  Sometimes the exit is intentional, and sometimes, that exit is the result of circumstances.
 
God allows mankind the freedom of will.  The will to travel the road, seek the lane of our choice, and exit, indiscriminately, or proceed on life’s highway to a desired location.  These choices can, also, result in major life accidents and crashes.
 

Because of that free will, the consequences are not the fault of God but, rather, the individual decisions made.  There is, however, a means by which to both exercise free will and determine success at the alternate destinations, or exits, along the path of life.  That assurance comes to the life of the follower of Christ who is committed to the “ways” and “will” of the Father.  For the spirit will be the guide, the provider, and the sustainer, along the journey and at every turn, diversion and/or stop along the way.

           
To be in Christ, means that we have both a guide and a protective Savior of empowerment.

 

I Peter 2:15; Heb. 6:12; Ps. 37:5

                                                                                                    In Christ,  Mike Whaley


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