Notes from Pastor Roger

Thursday, July 30, 2020

 

"Hear my cry, O God;

Attend to my prayer.

From the end of the earth

I will cry to You,

When my heart is overwhelmed;

Lead me to the rock

that is higher than I."

Psalm 61:1-2

 

"My soul longs, yes , even faints

For the courts of the LORD;

My heart and my flesh cry out

for the living God."

Psalm 84:2

 

"In the multitude of my anxieties

within me,

Your comforts delight my soul."

Psalm 94:19

 

Please pray for:

 

Charlee - 5 year old fighting

to keep her eyesight

Heather L. - needing a

living kidney donor

Jeff L. - autoimmune disease

Ron and Jackie B.

Don and Nell N.

 

Safety as we meet for Sunday Worship

and for me, as pastor, to be led of

the Holy Spirit,

yet timely!  

 

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 Tuesday, July 21, 2020

 

"I cared not where or how I lived, or

what hardships I went through,

so that I could but gain souls for Christ."

- David Brainerd

 

"Lord, give me Scotland, or i die."

- John Knox 

 

"God, the sin of this city is breaking my heart."

- Samuel Hadley, about New York City

 

  "Lord, give me souls or take my soul."

- George Whitefield

 

 "Here let me burn out for God."

- Henry Martyn, on the shores of India

 

"I feel as if I could not live if something

is not done for China"

- Hudson Taylor

     

 
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 Thursday, July 16, 2020

 

 We live in crazy days!

Monuments being torn down.

Names being changed.

History being re-written.

Good being called evil,

and evil being called good.

    Anger, violence, outrage ...

seem to be the way to change

in many minds, rather than coming

together and peacefully working

toward the good change that would

bless all of us.

It is easy for the mob mentality to 

spread like a virus.

Good people get caught up and

drawn into doing horrific

acts when emotions take over and 

common sense and respect for one another

are forgotten.

As a pastor, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!"

(Luke 23:21) comes to mind.  

My Mom and Dad always taught us to 

think for ourselves, because following the 

crowd only leads to regret and shame.

 

From a pastor's perspective, what is always

behind the scene of what is happening

in our world is either the presence of God

or the presence of the evil one. There is a

spiritual battle waging right now for the

soul of America, and more specifically,

for your heart and my heart!

 

 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord

and in the power of His might.

Put on the whole armor of God,

that you may be able to stand

against the wiles of the devil.   

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,

 but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this age,

against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the

heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God,

that you may be able to withstand in

the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

Ephesians 6:10-13  

 

"Therefore humble yourselves under

the mighty hand of God, that He may

exalt you in due time, casting all your

care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your

adversary the devil walks about like

a roaring lion, seeking whom he may

devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith,

knowing that the same sufferings are

experienced by your brotherhood in

the world. But may the God of all grace,

who called us to His eternal glory by Christ

Jesus, after you have suffered a while,

perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

To Him be the glory and the dominion

forever and ever. Amen"

1 Peter 5:6-11

 

  "But know this, that in the last days

perilous times will come:

For men will be lovers of themselves,

lovers of money, boasters, proud,

blasphemers, disobedient to parents,

unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving,

slanderers, without self-control, brutal,

despisers of good, traitors, headstrong,

haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than

lovers of God,

having a form of godliness but denying

its power.

And from such people turn away!"

2 Timothy 3:1-5

 

So, pastor, what should we do?

The Lord tells us many times in many ways

throughout the Bible how we, as followers of God,

should live and act. Specifically let us learn

through the Apostle Paul's encouragement

to Timothy:

"Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue

righteousness, faith, love, peace with those

who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes,

knowing that they generate strife.

And a servant of the Lord must not

quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach,

patient, in humility correcting those who

are in opposition, if God perhaps will

grant them repentance, so that they may

know the truth, and that they may come

to their senses and escape the snare of

the devil, having been taken captive by

him to do his will."

2 Timothy 2:22-26

        

With this word from the Lord,

may we pray that God may grant us

revival  and spiritual awakening in our

lives, in our families, in our communities,    

  in our churches, and across America!

 

Without the Lord Jesus Christ,

there is no hope.

With the Lord Jesus Christ,

hope, peace, purpose, and joy abound!!    

 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

"The greatest need of America is an old-fashioned,

heaven-born, God-sent revival. Throughout the

history of the church, when clouds have hung

lowest, when sin has seemed blackest and faith

has been weakest, there have always been a

faithful few who have not sold out to the devil

nor bowed the knee to Baal, who have feared

the Lord and thought upon His Name and

have not forsaken the assembling of

themselves together. These have besought

the Lord to revive His work in the midst of

the years, and in the midst of the fears and

tears, and in wrath to remember mercy.

God has always answered such

supplication, filling each heart with His love,

rekindling each soul with fire from above."   

 --- Vance Havner, The Secret of Christian Joy, 1938

 

"When I was a boy, preachers used to talk

about 'holding a revival.' What we really

need is somebody who will turn

a revival loose."

--- Vance Havner, Pepper 'n Salt, 1966

       

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 Monday, July 13, 2020

 

The measure of the worth of our

public activity for God

is the private profound

communion

we have with Him.

 

--- Oswald Chambers

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  Not a great faith we need,

but faith in a great God.

 

--- James Hudson Taylor (1832 - 1905)

British Missionary to China for 51 years

and founded the China Inland Mission    

 

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

 

Thou art coming to a King

Large petitions with thee bring;

For His grace and power are such

none can ever ask too much.

- John Newton (Amazing Grace)

 

Monday, July 6, 2020

 

"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true

worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;

for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must

worship Him in spirit and truth."

John 4:23-24

 

Yesterday (Sunday, July 5th) was our first official "Worship" service

since March 15, 2020, because of the Covid-19 virus.

We had times of prayer on Wed., June 24, Sun., June 28, and

Wed., July 1, leading up to opening for Worship.

It was great to see several people attend!

Yet, I was troubled all afternoon by something I could not

quite put my finger on. I realize I was bothered some by 

the pain of the shingles I was recently diagnosed with on Wednesday.

And I had so much the Lord had placed on my heart to share that I 

preached a "little" long. These things I can make adjustments to

and improve on. 

But that is really not what troubled me. Since we closed services

because of the virus, we have recorded online services. I have kind of

gotten use to singing and preaching in an empty sanctuary, knowing that

people will be watching it later. And with the recordings on Facebook,

we get some types of feedback. It might be a thumbs-up, a message, or a note

that someone has shared the video. Great!

 But in the Worship service yesterday, it did not feel right. With all the masks on

(which I understand are for your safety --- no argument from me on why we wear

the masks) I could sense no involvement by the church family.

I could not tell if you were with me or bored to death.

I miss a John Griffith "Amen" once in a while!

When we record for online services I can at least imagine you singing

along at home and opening your Bible and reading with me.

It really felt like the "Pastor Roger Show," performed for you live and in-person!

That is "not" what true worship is. Worship is "together" exalting and glorifying

our heavenly Father and rejoicing in the Son, Jesus Christ, through the Holy

Spirit. Worship is for an audience of One - God!

I need your help with this. 

We need others coming forward to take part.

I need members of our church family who are willing

to sing, play an instrument, share a testimony, give a praise, read a

scripture verse that speaks to you --- to step forward!

We can figure out how to do this safely and still allow you to

come forward and participate. Call me, text me - let

me know not only that you are willing to take part, but that you want to be 

involved. Say "Sign me up, Pastor, because Christ means so much to me

and I need to be a part of worship, too!"

I will also welcome those outside our church family who love

the Lord Jesus and would enjoy the opportunity to worship with us.

My request is that you:

1. Contact me inadvance (don't just show up on Sunday expecting to take part)

2. Let me know what you want to do, so we can fit it into the service

3. Prepare yourself by prayer and practice

4. Please plan to arrive by 10:50am on Sunday Morning or

6:50pm on Wednesday Evening,

so the Pastor or Worship Leader knows you

are present and prepared. 

Let us truly get excited about the opportunity to worship our

Lord God "together!"

Is that not what we have been missing?

No one needs or wants another Pastor Roger show, especially the Pastor!!

"Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!

Serve the LORD with gladness;

Come before His presence with singing.

Know that the LORD, He is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,

and into His courts with praise.

Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

For the LORD is good;

His mercy is everlasting,

and His truth endures to all generations."

Psalm 100:1-5

- Seeking to Walk with God with you,

Pastor Roger

(828) 458-9729