Dear Church Family, As we come together tonight to remember the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it is critical that we “connect the dots” of prophecy and events as they unfolded.  As we observed last Sunday, Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem was not a spontaneous, crowd-driven event, but one in which Jesus Himself initiated in order to fulfill His very purpose for coming.  Jesus was fully in control and Luke 9:51 (“He was determined to go to Jerusalem”) is a fulfillment of Isaiah 50:7 which says: “I have set my face like flint” regarding His purpose and suffering.  To set your face likeRead More →

As I prepare this Friday Update, it is impossible to do so without recognizing the events of a week ago in Newtown, Connecticut.  The senseless murder of 26 people – both young and old has left our nation in shock.  Everyone seeks for answers, though we may never know what motivated this young man to accomplish such an evil act.  What is notable is the question:  “Where was God?”  Do you wonder if that same question was asked after Herod ordered the slaughter of all boys age two and younger in his attempt to eliminate any threat to his throne (Matt. 2:16-18)?  The truth is,Read More →

Seventy one years ago the “day of infamy” proved to be an alarming “wake up” call to America.  With each passing year there are fewer Americans who remember December 7, 1941.  Those who remember those who served and fought are in their late 80’s and 90’s now.  The following is an excerpt from an article written by Walter R. Borneman: “The magnitude of Japan’s attack was sobering, but it was the long-planned, secretive manner in which it was executed that truly enraged the American people.Read More →

Dear Church Family, Here it is, the final day of November and it seems like every time about this time of year we wonder how time has flown by so fast!  It seems like we were just talking about those 81 days without rain and here it is almost Christmas…Read More →

Dear Church Family, As this week comes to close, it seems we are faced with troubling news: The hearings that are going on about Sept. 11th attack in Benghazi and the continued rocket attacks on Israel. For the first time these rockets have been launched toward both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. These attacks are in addition to the hundreds of rockets already launched by the Palestinians. How good it is to be reminded that our hope is not in our government or governments around the world. The world’s economy remains unstable and unemployment in our own nation continues to fluctuate, leaving people a bit restlessRead More →

Dear Church Family, I’m going to conclude my “Stop Coming to Church” series this week, and I trust it has given you something to chew on. So, as you prepare this Sunday to join fellow believers in worshipping the Lord together—what are you expecting?  Do you expect to be challenged and fed?  Entertained?  Excited?  Or do you see your time together as a real opportunity to fellowship with those with whom you are spiritually related?  Has your week been busy?  Tiring?  Distracting?  Disappointing?  When you arrive here to fellowship, do you pause to consider that your brother and sister’s week may have been just likeRead More →

Dear Church Family, In my last email letter I concluded that the true church (regenerated individuals) now have a Heavenly Father and are in new relationship.  Not only is God now our Father, but we are in a new relationship with one another.  Don’t gloss over that word, “relationship”—it is very important.  We didn’t become a member of a club or organization by majority vote or by paying a membership fee.  No, but something miraculous and supernatural took place the moment we were reconciled to God.  In 1 Corinthians 12:12-14 says, “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and allRead More →