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Posted November 13th, 2013 by Pastor_David
The news about the recent typhoon in the Philippines is tragic and heart-breaking. People from all over the world are giving to help provide relief for those who have been injured or displaced from their homes. Some agencies though which you might consider giving are Mission to the World and World Vision.
Posted November 5th, 2013 by Pastor_David
We’re studying the book of Deuteronomy in church right now. It is a book filled with moving descriptions of God’s grace and mercy toward his people, yet at the same time it is a book that reminds us that obedience to God’s commands is vitally important. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Decisions made in this world have lasting consequences. God takes our moral choices very seriously.
The Israelites to whom Moses addressed the words of Deuteronomy were a generation of women and men who had seen their parents miss out on the Promised Land because of their disobedience and unbelief. Moses exhorted them not to make the same mistake – not to forfeit God’s best for their lives, but rather to live in light of his grace by humbly following his word.
In our teaching as a church we emphasize the grace of God, and rightly so. God’s grace is the heart and soul of the gospel. But the biblical teaching on grace never diminishes the importance of obedience to God’s commands. A.W. Pink’s essay “Enjoying God’s Best” offers a compelling and convicting explanation of why obedience to God ought to be a chief concern to any Christian. To read this essay click here.
Posted October 17th, 2013 by Pastor_David
On Sunday, October 20, we are going to begin a series of sermons based on the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. Why study a book like this? To find out click here.
Posted October 17th, 2013 by Pastor_David
The book of Deuteronomy records the words that Moses spoke to the Israelites right before they entered into the Promised Land. Over forty years before this moment, the preceding generation of Hebrews had escaped from Egypt after seeing the LORD exert his power in mighty ways to deliver them from their slavery. Though that first generation of rescued slaves was given the opportunity to enter the Promised Land, they failed to believe that God would empower them to settle it and therefore missed their chance to go in.
Posted September 27th, 2013 by Pastor_David
Hebrews 13:3 says, "Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body." This is calling us to remember fellow believers in Christ who are undergoing persecution. An article by Kristen Powers details the horrendous violence against Christians throughout the world lately, and asks why American Christians have reacted with such seeming indifference. Though some might disagree with the article's call for a political outcry in response to this persecution, all Christians, at the very least, ought to be crying out to heaven on behalf of our brothers and sisters in need.
Posted September 21st, 2013 by Pastor_David
As the truth of the gospel works its way into our hearts, it brings great freedom. We find our identity in Christ and his love rather than in our own moral performance. This leads to great joy.
Sometimes, however, there are areas of our lives where we haven’t yet learned to apply grace. In these areas, we find ourselves enslaved to fear, worry, and perfectionism. For some Christians, one of these areas is parenting. Rather than resting in Christ and entrusting our families to his grace, we feel we need to be perfect parents and our children need to be perfect kids. The anxiety produced by this assumption rarely does anything to help our families, but frequently it drives the whole household nuts.
I appreciated the following quote from Pastor Kevin De Young’s book Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem. It’s basically a call for Christian parents to take a deep breath, smile a little, and allow themselves (and their kids) a little grace. To read the quote click here.
Posted September 9th, 2013 by Pastor_David
We are currently studying passages that give understanding to our mission as a church. This involves understanding the gospel (the good news about Jesus Christ) and how to share it with people around us. I've been reading The Gospel's Power and Message by Paul Washer, and finding it really meaningful. To read a quote from that book click here.
Posted September 6th, 2013 by Pastor_David
On September 8, at both the Sunnyside and Astoria sites of our church, we are going to begin a six-week exploration of our mission as a church. At our Sunday morning worship services, the pastors will be speaking from passages that address different aspects of our mission. Community Groups will be studying these passages together during the week. (read more)
Posted August 26th, 2013 by Pastor_David
When I was a teenager, I attended a church where God truly changed my life (Lincroft Bible Church, Middletown, NJ). In addition to the solid biblical teaching from the pastor, something the Lord used to build my faith was my interaction with adults in the congregation. There were a number of them who really went out of their way to invest themselves in relationships with the teens. The love and concern they showed me and the example of their vibrant faith in God filled me with a desire to give my life to Christ.
How would you like to be used by God to change a teen’s life? Now you have chance to do that. (read more)
Posted August 20th, 2013 by Pastor_David
On Sunday, September 15 , we will start a six week class on the book of Revelation. The class will meet Sundays at 11:15AM at the ACI Synagogue, and will be taught by Steve Rafalsky. Steve is a great Bible teacher and a dear friend of mine. To read his thoughts on this class and why it you might find it to beneficial click here.