Archive | June 2012

From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Mark 10:2-12

Rather than being drawn into an argument on divorce, Jesus responds to the Pharisees’ question by redirecting them to God’s original plan for marriage, and the permanency He intends for the marriage relationship.  It is sad that couples so often enter into marriage with the mindset, “If the marriage doesn’t work out, we can always end it,” and often do, using the certificate of divorce that was permitted by Moses because of the hardness of the Israelite’s hearts as a “loophole” in an attempt to justify their divorce.

Instead of divorce, it is the Lord’s will for couples to work through their problems and remain married.  Divorce is always a tragedy and we must always want to look for forgiveness and reconciliation when it has taken place.

Our Grandparents’ generation didn’t have all of our social diseases that we have today.  Do you know what they wore to have safe sex? . . . A wedding ring!                    Brian Bell

From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Psalm 128:2

When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. NKJV

The promise in this verse is that a man’s work will be fruitful and that the man who performs it will enjoy the recompense of his work.  It is a grievous evil for a man to slave his life away in work and not enjoy the fruit of his labor (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19).

Sadly, some men never enjoy their work, for they give themselves no time to rest.  Their eagerness to get robs them of their ability to enjoy what they get.

Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor.  This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.   Ecclesiastes 2:24         NKJV

From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Mark 9:50

Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it?  Have salt in yourselves, . . .                   NKJV

It is noteworthy that the Lord Jesus Christ tells us to “Have salt in yourselves.”  Our actions will have significant consequences, not only for those close to us, but for our society as a whole.  Yet there is a warning attached to this broad vision; we must remain salty.  Once salt has lost its flavor, it is worthless, and so it is for us as Christians.  The sting in this verse is that salt that has lost its “saltiness” or “flavor” cannot be restored; there is no resalting process.  It must be cast aside.

As Christians, we will turn the world upside down when we submit to the Lord Jesus Christ.  We should have no small ambitions; the whole planet can change through our godly influence.  When we lose our character which makes us distinctly Christian, we become worthless.  Our nation contains many professing Christians, yet shows much spiritual decay.  We must examine ourselves as Christians and ask, “Is something is wrong with our salt?”