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.

Friday, November 22, 2013

From the pastor: Blessed and thankful

The holiday season is here. Thanksgiving is next week. This time of the year is my favorite. I love just about everything about it, because it reminds me of how blessed I am and how much abundance I have. This reminds me to live before God and others, a life of gratitude and praise. In Psalm 119 the writer opens up with an expression of gratitude. Verse 1 says, “How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the way of the Lord.” The blameless way is a life of integrity. It is a life that is lived for God both publically and privately. The writer then follows up by saying that the thankful person will live their life carefully. If you think about it one bad decision can cost you far more than you could imagine. One bad decision can bankrupt you, cause a divorce, tarnish your good name, or make your life much harder. Careful and discreet living is a must. Careful living is grateful living. Think of a parent buying their child an expensive car. The child may respect it and take care of it by keeping it serviced and driving it carefully. Or the child may drive it fast and hard and never have it serviced. Which one would you say is grateful? Obviously, it is the one who is careful and respectful. Be sure to be thankful toward God. He has given us so much to be thankful for. Be blessed.