From the Pastor’s Heart – 3/25/2018

The Palm Sunday event was, unquestionably, the last hurrah of Christ’s earthly Ministry.  Luke reports (chapter 19:335-37) that they threw their robes over the donkey and helped Jesus to mount it.  That, as He progressed into Jerusalem, the crowds spread their robes upon the road, “praising God, joyfully.”
 
 

Four days from the day of pageantry, Jesus would be in the Garden of Gethsemane, and five days from that triumphant entry, He was on the cross.  How ironic that His mass acceptance and His complete denial were so close together.

The human condition, and spirit, is fickle and, we must not be deluded that Jesus was surprised by the change of attitude.  He knew the treacherous nature of mankind and the possibility of moving from hero to villain in a matter of days.  For despite the truth of those statements, it did not matter as Jesus knew the purpose for which He had entered the world, and the will of the Father, that He be the sacrificial lamb.  He knew that the triumph of one day would lead to the tragedy of another.  But, that tragedy would result in the greatest of all triumphs, victory over death, and the once, and forever, payment for sin.

John 2:23-25; Luke 19:35-37

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From the Pastor’s Heart – 3/18/2018

When the “wicked witch,” stood before her mirror, she was expecting the mirror to compliment her, as she said, “Mirror, mirror, one the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”  But, she was in for a shock!  It was not her image that was reflected but, rather, the likeness of Snow White that appeared in the mirror.
 
 

When we stand before the Bible, we are to stand before it as a mirror.  Likewise, this mirror will not reflect the one of us so standing.  The purpose of the scripture is to show a picture of the Fair One, Jesus.  It is to give us a picture of Jesus Christ that we might see the model, and example, of being one of His followers.  It is o reflect His love and obedience for the Father, that we, also will seek His likeness.

 

John 1:14; Heb. 4:12
 
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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

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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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