Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jesus is a true friend

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” I’ve been thinking about friendship today. Real friends are hard to come by. An aquantcence is nice to have. You can laugh and talk about stuff with an aquantence, but you’d never share a deep dark secret with one.
Those are reserved for those true friends.
A true friend will love you regardless. You can make a dumb decision and a friend will still love you. You can root for different sports teams and a friend will not fall out with you. A true friend will not insist on going to their favorite restaurant all of the time because they know it’s not about the meal, it’s about the fellowship. Yep, that’s a true friend.
Real friends are born for those tough times in your life. I remember those kind of friends. I want to be that kind of friend. In those tough times you don’t need a cheerleader, you need a shoulder. You don’t need advice, you need an ear. Those are true friends.
Jesus is our friend. I pray that you allow him to reveal his friendship to you today.

Pastor Hobbs

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Freedom isn't free

Tuesday was Veteran’s Day. We set this day aside to remember the sacrifice that our service men and women have paid to promote and defend our freedom. And the price our military personnel has paid to promote and defend our freedom is so very high.
Our Veterans had to leave home. They trained hard. They learned how to live on a little and to brave the elements. If they were not planning on making the military a career, they literally put their lives on hold.
Many have gone in to battle and been wounded, maimed and even killed. All of this for love of country and liberty. Yes, our freedom comes at a great price.
Jesus secured our spiritual freedom. He also left home. He endured hardship. He suffered. He was wounded. He died. He did it all for you and for me. He paid the ultimate price so that we could be free.
Tuesday we remembered the price that our veterans have paid. But we also remember the price that Jesus paid. God bless the United States of America.

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.