From the Pastor’s Desk – July and August 2016

From the pastor’s desk Newsletter July August 2016
 
Matthew 22: 17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? 19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
 
This is the time of season where we are heavy into the election year for a new president as well as many other political positions. I get many people who come to me and ask me on who I should vote for. Let me say that I do have strong political opinions and views, but I always reserve Sunday mornings for the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. In my private time as an American citizen, I will be happy to discuss that issue with you, and I do talk about cultural political issues of the day from behind the pulpit from time to time. This passage talks about a group of conniving Pharisees that were trying to trick Jesus into treason so that Rome would arrest Him and kill him. It did not work. Jesus surprised them all by the statement in verse 21. He told them basically to pay your taxes and pay your tithes. The bible states that we are to honor governmental officials and honor the laws of the land as long as they do not conflict with your ability to worship and honor God. As American Christians we have been blessed by God to be a part of the governmental and political process in the land with our vote, our petitions, and our protests. I knew a man that tried not to pay his taxes by saying that he did not agree with the government on how they spent the money. God does not give us that option my friend. The only place that philosophy will get you is in jail. Caesar was not a godly man in Jesus day. Let me just say that Caesar and Roman culture was vial and wicked yet Jesus told them to honor the government, and its leadership, by paying their taxes. God has ordained family, government, and church, as authoritative institutions. In the newsletters ahead I will be talking about this year’s election, in my blogs, from a biblical viewpoint and a biblical worldview. May God bless you in the days ahead and may God Bless America.


Father’s Day

Proverbs 5:15 Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well. 16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you. 18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.

19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love. 20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths. 22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin. 23 He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.

    Some might think this passage in Proverbs as a little racy, but the Word of God is very blunt in its expression of truth.  The theme behind this passage is marital fidelity.  This is the only form of  sexual expression that God allows for is a husband loving his wife for a lifetime. I used this passage, in this newsletter, because we are approaching Father’s Day. Fatherhood is being trashed, and the whole family destroyed, by a wicked agenda from the evil one. If Satan can destroy the family then he can destroy the nation and greatly harm the church. It all starts with Fatherhood. So many married couples are being challenged today in their marriages with adultery, which God hates. Adultery destroys trust and destroys families in the process. The greatest challenge I can give fathers this father’s day is: “Dad, love your wife and your wife only, and guard your heart in this wicked culture.” You are setting the example for your children in the future.  We need to place the father of the home in his rightful respectable position and it must start first with the father and husband.



From The Pastor’s Desk

Luke 23:24 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

The last words of a person are many times the most profound. It is a look back at a person's life and many times declares the purpose of a person's life. The purpose for Jesus coming to this earth can be wrapped up in these words as He hung on a cruel cross. Jesus came not to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved from their sins. Jesus came to forgive man their sins, if they will turn to accept His atonement on the cross, and His forgiveness. His love and forgiveness poured out to all man even though they had unjustifiably tried, convicted, sentenced, tortured, and finally put Him to death on the cross. This Resurrection season, as we reflect on this great sacrifice and vic-tory over death, lets revive a spirit of forgiveness in our hearts toward a lost world. Let us condemn less and demonstrate Christ's love and for-giveness to a world who desperately needs to see that In God's people.