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Posted May 11th, 2011 by Pastor_David
In a sermon a couple of weeks ago I gave a quote that is attributed to an unknown Zimbabwean pastor. Someone asked me if I could get the quote for them. If you're interested in reading it click here.
Posted April 19th, 2011 by Pastor_David
Astoria Community Church has a goal of giving $47,000 this year to world missions, church planting, and other ministries. To help us reach this goal, our congregation is being challenged to donate toward the “Easter Outreach Offering” that will be given at ACC on Easter Sunday, April 24. Everyone is invited to participate in this offering. ACC members are encouraged to give a donation beyond the normal level of their tithe.
This special offering is dedicated entirely to needs outside our own church. To see a list of some of the ministries of this kind that ACC has been supporting click here.
Posted April 6th, 2011 by Pastor_David
A couple of people have asked me about Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins -- A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. Though I haven't seen the book yet, everything I have heard about it raises serious concerns. Before you think about reading the book, I would recommend that you read an excellent review of it written by Kevin DeYoung. To see his review click here.
Posted March 30th, 2011 by Pastor_David
I'm really excited about the new class that's starting on Sunday. It's called Theological Foundations for Ministry. The class will be taught by the QPC pastors. Anyone is welcome to come. (Read more)
Posted March 19th, 2011 by Pastor_David
Many are grieving with and praying for the nation of Japan as they cope with results of the tragic earthquake and tsunami. Mission to the World, the missions agency of the Presbyterian Church in America has issued a disaster response appeal for Japan. To read about ways to give and pray click here.
Posted March 14th, 2011 by Pastor_David
Certain things are not easy to do – things like dieting, exercising, saving money, flossing every day. When it comes to maintaining disciplines like these, sometimes we need someone to push us a little. That’s the way it is for many Christians when it comes to evangelism. Telling someone else about Jesus is not easy, so most of us tend not to do it. (Read more)
Posted March 8th, 2011 by Pastor_David
When Jesus was on earth, he ministered in a culture in which external conformity to religious tradition was the expected norm. In a setting like that, people can be zealous about honoring the Sabbath even though their hearts might be far from God. Jesus often confronted people about this problem. Their Sabbath observance obscured the true condition of their hearts. But in a culture that’s not big on religious performance, the way we approach the Sabbath, rather than hiding our heart’s true condition, might actually reveal it. (Read more)
Posted February 28th, 2011 by Pastor_David
This Saturday (March 5, 9:30AM-12:30PM at the church office) we are having a class for those interested in membership at Queens Presbyterian Church. A question that a lot of people ask is, “Is it really important for a Christian to be a member of a local church?” I appreciate the way John Piper once replied to that question. To read a transcript of his answer click here.
Posted February 21st, 2011 by Pastor_David
Telling others about Jesus is one of the highest duties and one of the greatest joys that a Christian has. But often we are confused as to what this involves. Click here to read a concise explanation of evangelism and to watch a short, helpful video from 9 Marks Ministries.
Posted February 17th, 2011 by Pastor_David