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Pastor’s Blog – Page 2 – Pine Grove Mennonite Church

Pastor’s Blog (Page 2)

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JOY…

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  (Luke 2:10-11)  “Joy to the world, the Lord is come!” I […]

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PEACE…

  Isaiah 9:6 says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The Hebrew word used for peace is “shalom”. Shalom means wholeness, soundness, or welfare. Biblically, […]

hope

Hope…

Over the past few days there has been a word that I have heard many times; that word is hope.  I hope I get this or that for Christmas. I hope it snows before Christmas. I hope Christmas gets here really fast.  We often hope for things but we are unsure if they will happen […]

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Let The Cross Compel Us

I would like to expand one of the points I made this past Sunday.  We looked at 1 Corinthians chapter 1 and how the cross of Jesus forms the church; and one of the points was that the cross compels us. The cross compels us to reflect the holiness of God, and to proclaim the […]

Survive or Shrivel

Survive or shrivel… As Christians, daily Bible intake is to our souls what breathing, eating, and drinking are to our physical bodies. As Jesus Himself says, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Our souls will die without the […]

Take a Bite

Take a Bite Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him (Psalm 34:8)!  Does it ever bother you that the Bible puts it like that? If the psalmist had said, “See that the Lᴏʀᴅ is good,” we might comfort ourselves with the delusion that God […]

Memorizing Scripture…Why?

Memorizing Scripture…Why? A couple weeks ago we looked at Psalm 119:11 which says, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  We saw that this idea of storing up the Word of God inside of us is vital for our spiritual lives. I invited you all to […]

The Repetitive Praise Song!

Today, I read the most repetitive praise song I’ve ever encountered in my life. It repeats the same line twenty-five times. In fact, that line makes up half of all the lyrics! I guess a bit of repetition can help someone learn and remember a song. But let’s not go overboard, right? We don’t want […]

Psalm 1 – How To Be Blessed

Psalm 1 begins, “How blessed is the man. . .” So my first thought is who is this blessed or happy man. The scripture tells us that it is the one who does not do something and the one who does do something. The happy person does not “walk in the counsel of the wicked, […]

Letter of Hope

Politics have never been my thing and I’ve never felt compelled to discuss politics or spend much of my time dwelling on what’s going on politically, probably to a fault. But what happened last week in the Supreme Court cannot be ignored and I feel is worth discussing. In a 5-to-4 decision, the Supreme Court […]