Saturday, August 9, 2014

Pastor's pen: Support, bless Israel

I don’t know if there has ever been a nation that has sparked as much controversy as the nation of Israel. Israel is a tiny nation surrounded by multiple millions of people who hate them and want to destroy them.
The nations of the world side with these hater nations and always condemn Israel when any conflict arises. Britain was instrumental in getting a sliver of land carved out by the UN for the Jews to call home. When Israel declared itself to be a nation in June of 1948 the United States was the first nation to recognize Israel’s independence.
God has blessed and honored these two nations for their actions toward Israel. But more and more Israel is finding herself isolated. The U.S. is not as friendly to her as it has been historically. God said he would bless those who blessed Israel and would curse those who cursed her. I want to live in a nation blessed by God. Our government must continue to help protect and support the nation of Israel.

Bishop Stephen D. Hobbs

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pastor's corner: Every Sunday a 'little like Easter.'

What Now?

We have just come through the Easter season. Churches were full. Worship was energetic

and alive. Many guests will become active church members. Who knows how many were

saved and added to the church on Easter Sunday. Yes, Easter is the highlight of the year

for the church.

But I remember years ago of a pastor who had a huge attendance push for Easter that

almost tripled his average Sunday morning attendance. I heard a pastor say, “I wonder

what it’s going to be like preaching to hundreds less people this Sunday?” He wasn’t

being snarky or jealous. It’s a legitimate question. How are we supposed to feel after the

biggest day of the year?

The church in Acts is our model. They worshipped, prayed, did church business,

preached, discipled; well, you get my point. They carried on.

Easter is now over, but we must carry on. Be the church. Have church. After all, every

Sunday is a little Easter. Be blessed.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pastor's corner: Obedience or respect?

I am a sports fan. But I get a little perturbed when I hear million dollar athletes raging about not being respected. They are being paid big money to play a game. They sign contracts and agree to play for so long for so much money. But for many of them that’s not enough. They must be respected.

Who don’t like respect? I enjoy being respected and most of the time I am. But do I do what I do to earn respect from others, or is it because I’ve answered a call from God?

Paul wrote in 1 Co. 9:16, “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of…for woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.” Paul wasn’t driven by the respect of others. He was driven by his obedience to the call of God.

We may be respected or we may not. But at the end of our journey it’s our obedience to God that matters.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Pastor's Corner: It's been a long, cold winter

This winter season has only been going on for a month. It sure seems longer that that. We have had some record cold and quite a bit of snow. There are a lot of us that feel like this season has been going on much longer that a month and we are more than ready for spring.

 

But just because we feel a certain way is not enough to change the season. Winter will be over when it’s over.

 

That’s the way life is. Disliking a season in our lives is not enough to change it or stop it. Like it or not, some things just have to run there course. Some things will always get worse before they get better. Encouraging, isn’t it?

 

But don’t lose hope. Spring is only two months away. The birds will sing. The grass will grow and turn green. The sun will warm the earth. Why? Because God said that it would.

 


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pastor's corner: Seek God for direction

I’m sitting at my wife’s desk. Taped on her monitor is this quote, “It’s bad enough to be

a quitter, but its worse to finish something you never should have started.” That’s a little

heavy for me on this second day of 2014.

I get the quitter thing. But it’s the second part of this quote that I find challenging. How

do we determine what is proper to start and see through? When you think about it the

possibilities are endless. But for me there is one simple guide. It is found in the Bible.

Proverbs tells us that if we trust God with our whole heart and not our own fickle

emotions, he will give us direction.

So there you go. Trust God. Seek God’s will for your life. He will give you direction.

Then you won’t end up trying to finish something you never should have begun in the

first place.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Taking a 'Family Discipleship Path'

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP PATH: Taking small steps in the family and in the church to guide children and youth toward adulthood with the goal of continuing strong relationships with God and their family.

Link: http://familydiscipleshippath.wordpress.com/

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas and the culture war

By Bishop Stephen D. Hobbs, pastor, Berea Church of God

 I know people are uncomfortable with all the talk about Christianity and war, but the battle is real. Even secular television host Bill O’Reilly has said that the Christmas season produces an increase of anti-Christian bias. So the church can ignore it and hope the battle goes away, or we can rise up and fight for the soul of our country. I say we fight. America is worth it and so is the future of our children. Multiculturalism is at the root of the battle for Christmas. Multiculturalism places all cultures on an even plane. Christmas is a Christian celebration and the multiculturalists don’t want a Christian holiday exalted. The multiculturalists do not want to see Christmas elevated, they instead want to lower Christmas to the level of other seasonal celebrations. Hence the watered down language such as: Happy Holidays, Holiday Trees, Holiday or seasonal celebrations, Winter Celebrations, Holiday sales etc. etc. etc. So what is the church to do? The church has to determine that our culture is worth fighting for. And the fight is a spiritual fight first and foremost. Therefore, we fight for the souls of the people in our culture. We pray for revival, witness, preach and love people. Then we fight in voting booths at election time and communicate with our elected leaders. Nothing gets their attention like an informed and involved voter. Enjoy Christmas. Christ is the answer for our world’s problems. America was founded on Christian principles and the multiculturalists can’t take that away.