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A Revival of Mission

Posted onFebruary 23, 2014 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

One result of our March Missions Emphasis Month will, I trust, be a revival of our mission. A waning sense of urgency, a relaxed attitude and a feeling that "we are doing ok" come all too easily. The fresh winds of the Great Commission are a needed prescription. At the end of Matthew's Gospel, Jesus told us to go into all the world winning, baptizing, teaching and making disciples of all nations. At the beginning of Acts, He told His followers, "Ye shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witness to Me...To the ends of the earth."...Keep Reading

Blessing

Posted onFebruary 16, 2014 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Often the words "bless," "blessed," or "blessing," refer to God pouring out His favor and goodness upon us. The Hebrew word "berechah" is the word in the Old Testament used to speak of blessing. The word in the Greek New Testament, "eulogy," is the word which is often translated "praise" or "blessing."...Keep Reading

"KNOWING THE TIME" - Romans 13:11-12

Posted onFebruary 9, 2014 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

The Lord Jesus condemned the religious leaders of His day because they could read the skies to determine weather conditions, but those same leaders did not know the signs of their time. See Luke 12:54-57. The Savior also rebuked Jerusalem's population for not knowing the time of her visitation from heaven. See Luke 19:44. ...Keep Reading

Onward Christian Soldiers

Posted onFebruary 6, 2014 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

“: ..the people had a mind to work” Nehemiah 4:6 Consider this excerpt from the church bulletin on January 29, 1989: "After much prayer by all of us in our church family the decision was made we would purchase the Wake Chapel School building and property. On January 10th, the purchase was completed God has given us a wonderful opportunity with this building. What space we don’t need today I believe we will need in the foreseeable future. Let’s join together. pray for the building and make under the direction of God the Holy Spirit bold plans to use this facility for the greater glory of God Don’t be fearful; don’t doubt. Let's not back up. God is able to help us pay for and plan for the use of that which He has so graciously allowed us to have."...Keep Reading

The Church

Posted onJanuary 26, 2014 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

“As Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25 When is a church great? A church is great in the sight of God when it is:...Keep Reading

"Is It Nothing To You?" - Lamentations 1:12

Posted onJanuary 19, 2014 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Jeremiah, the "weeping prophet," asks his generation, and ours, this burning, piercing question. His people had taken God and their privileges for granted. They had a false sense of security in that they were God's chosen people; the temple was theirs, along with the law and the priesthood. Then came the Assyrians and the defeat of the northern kingdom. Babylon then attacked Jerusalem and Judah, the southern kingdom. The city lies in ruins, the temple destroyed and thousands already taken captive. ...Keep Reading

Let's Think About Church

Posted onJanuary 14, 2014 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

I believe resolutions are GOOD, if Jesus is depended upon for fulfillment. I heartily recommend these resolutions that will improve our Sunday School and Church -"Resolve by the grace of God, I will...Keep Reading

It is Important to Do It Right

Posted onJanuary 6, 2014 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord" I Corinthians 11:27 As Paul writes about the Lord's supper, he uses the phrases" ... In an unworthy manner." It may come as something of a surprise to learn that the right thing, i.e., the Lord's Supper, can be done the wrong way. But such is possible. What does Paul mean when he speaks about an unworthy manner? The content of 1 Corinthians 11 gives us the answer. Participating in the Lord's Supper with unconfessed sins is in view. The context calls for self examination and cleansing before partaking of communion. Let's celebrate communion - and let's do it the right way....Keep Reading

"An Invitation"

Posted onDecember 16, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Being a pastor has always had about it a heightened sense of joy at this season. As much as I enjoy the new growth of spring and the warm zephyrs of summer, the days from Thanksgiving and Christmas have long been my favorite time of the year. The overwhelming majority of people seem to be in a better mood. Folks seem to look forward, in a special way, to coming to church. I rejoice in the quickened pace of the season. The children's music, the Christmas hymns in the worship service, the handbells, the glorious music of the Chancel Choir, special times of fellowship, home, family - what blessed and wonderful days. My only regret is that they pass too quickly....Keep Reading

Thanksgiving - A Special Time

Posted onNovember 26, 2013 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

November is a special time of the year. It is a season when even the calendar reminds us to give thanks. Gone are the days when the church would heartily sing, "Count Your Blessings." Perhaps we have become too sophisticated for that old hymn. Nonetheless, it contains a wonderful and much needed reminder for us today....Keep Reading