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31 Aug

IT WILL END VERY GOOD

How to Squeeze out of Psalm 37 all of its sweet flavor and spiritual nourishment. “The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect.”― Jim Elliot One of the most valuable Bible tools I have discovered in my 76 years upon this planet, is the deliberate saturating of my mind with one text over an extended period of time. I would have to say it...

10 May

Should Such a Man as I?

“Who stands fast? Only the man whose final standard is not his reason, his principles, his conscience, his freedom, or his virtue, but who is ready to sacrifice all this when he is called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God- the responsible man, who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple. Let...

16 Dec

Christian Suicide: Divine Deliverance from Depression, Despair and Death

“The LORD is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:18-19) I am writing this article with a purpose of bringing hope to the living. Suicide is a terrible tragedy for all of those who are left behind. It is especially shocking and confusing when it involves a pastor of a church, who leaves behind a grieving wife, three small...

02 Feb

The Incredible Influence of a Hope in God Life

“Only in God is there an ultimate loyalty that does not breed injustice and cruelty, and a meaning from which nothing on heaven and earth can separate us.” Gilky Langdon “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, My Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5 In the epilogue of Tim Keller’s Book, Making Sense of God, he tells the story of a well-educated man by the name...

05 Dec

WE ARE A VILLAGE OF LIGHT

We Are a Village of Light Dedication Message by Dr. Gary Rieben November 5, 2017 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in...

03 Aug

When it is Pitch Black: Look up

“When we don’t know everything, we have to trust one thing: God is for us.” Romans 8:32 We will all experience dark times when we do not feel God close; when we feel like our way may not be ordered by God; or when the questions are more numerous than the answers. God has woven into the fabric of faith times when we are ignorant about what He is doing, or what we are doing, or what we should do next....

17 Apr

Death in us-Life in You

“Mission sooner or later leads into passion. In biblical categories…the servant must suffer…..Every form of mission leads to some form of the cross. The very shape of mission is cruciform. We can understand mission only in terms of the cross…” Douglas Webster “For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:11-12) As...

06 Feb

Promise, Risk Reward

“If our single, all embracing passion is to make much of Christ in life and death, and if the life that magnifies him most is the life of costly love, then life is risk, and risk is right. To run from it is to waste your life.” John Piper “Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.” Ps 119:140 Everything God does in history and for his people, he does through...

16 Jun

Our National Anthem

Our National Anthem: Envy or Greed? “Greed is good! Greed is right! Greed works! Greed will save the USA!” – From movie Wall Street –1987 “Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.” –David Livingstone Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor,...

05 Feb

Intelligent Mysticism: Feelings and Fellowship with God

“It is necessary for us to recognize that there is an intelligent mysticism in the life of faith…of living union and companion with the exalted and ever present Redeemer…he communes with his people and his people commune with him in conscious reciprocal love….The life of true faith cannot be that of cold metallic assent. It must have the passion and warmth of love and communion because communion with God is the crown and apex of true religion.” –John...