Pastor's Passage

12/13/15

PASTOR’S PASSAGE

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.  Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him….When they had heard the King, They departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”           Matt. 2: 1-10

The wise men rejoiced when they saw His star that guided them to the child Jesus. There are two opinions as to the character of the star. The atmosphere of Oriental Astrology would lend itself to the support of a naturalistic interpretation.

Over against the argument and in favor of the miraculous stands the expression “His Star” and the further declaration that the star went before them and stood where the child was. The whole supernatural atmosphere of the birth

Of Christ would favor the opinion that the star was miraculous. Thus, because of the mission of the Magi to confirm the birth of the Messiah and the manner in which His star led them, the evidence points to the fact that they received supernatural guidance from on high. What kind of guidance are you following today?

                                    Bro. Ronnie

12/06/15

PASTOR’S PASSAGE

“Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths.”   Matt. 5:33

As Jesus continues to teach His apostles, here, He reminds them of the gravity of their proclamations. Frivolous oaths were indeed severely condemned in the teaching of the times. Hardly anything was regarded as a binding oath if only the name of God were not in it. Today, to add emphasis to our superficial words, we often use portions of God’s name, or even substitute the name of some heathen deity. Against all this our Lord now speaks decisively; teaching us that our word carries an appeal to God, whether names or not. At this magnificent time of year, what are you saying to the Father when you proclaim MERRY CHRISTMAS?  

                                    Bro. Ronnie

11/29/15

PASTOR’S PASSAGE

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery; But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.     Matt. 5: 27,28 

Jewish people learned the Bible from early childhood, and Gentile observers sometimes praised them as a “nation of philosophers” because of their devotion  to learning. Jesus was teaching His apostles that it was not the letter of the law, but their love for the Law Giver that was foremost. If we have the proper love and adoration for our Savior; we will not sin, because  we know that it will break His heart. He has just taught them of the priority of  their relationship with the actions of  anger and adultery. They are both controlled by the attitude of the heart. How is the condition of your heart   today?                          

  Bro. Ronnie

 

11/22/15

PASTOR’S PASSAGE

 

EXCERPTS FROM “THE LIGHT AND THE GLORY”

Fear and discouragement, Brewster knew, were two of Satan’s most potent weapons. These could be dealt with best by the Sword of the spirit, the Word of God. So passages of Scripture like Isaiah 41: 8-10, read aloud in the blockhouse, would have lifted their hearts: But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, The offspring of Abraham, my friend; You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant,

I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you,

Be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

 That summer of 1621 was beautiful. Much work went into the building of new dwellings, and ten men were sent north up the coast in the sailing shallop to conduct trade with the Indians.

Squanto once again acted as their guide and interpreter. It was a successful trip, and that fall’s harvest provided more than enough corn to see them through their second winter.

   The Pilgrims were brimming over with gratitude…not only to Squanto and the Wampanoags who had been so friendly, but to their God. In Him they trusted, and He had honored their obedience beyond their dreams. So, Governor Bradford declared a day of public Thanksgiving, to be held in October. Massasoit was invited, and unexpectedly arrived a day early….with ninety Indians! Counting their numbers, the Pilgrims had to pray hard to keep from giving in to despair. To feed such a crowd would cut deeply into the food supply that was supposed to get them through the winter.

   But if they learned one thing through their travails, it was to trust God implicitly.

   Surely, one moment stood out in the pilgrims’ memory….William Brewster’s prayer, as they began the festival. They had so much for which to thank God: for providing all their needs, even when their faith had not been up to believing that He would do so; for the lives of the departed and for taking them home to be with Him; for their friendship with the Indians…so extraordinary when settlers to the south of them had experienced the opposite; for all His remarkable providences in bringing them to this place and sustaining them.

Happy Thanksgiving

                       

11/15/15

 

PASTOR’S PASSAGE          

“Ye are the salt of the earth…..Ye are the light of the world.” Matt. 5: 13, 14

   Jesus now begins to give the practical application to the Beatitudes He had just given His Apostles. Our Lord does not close the Beatitudes without telling His men that these attributes were real and must be embraced and they must shine forth through them.

Christ went even further to personalize His message to them when He told them,

“Blessed are you when men shall revile you….” He startles these humble, unknown, men by pronouncing that they must take a life changing message to the world.

   You are the salt of the earth to preserve it from corruption, to season its sensitivity to The Father, and to freshen and sweeten it. You are the light of the world; a title which was expressly spoken of by Jesus, about Himself, but must be applied here by our Lord to His Apostles, as they must become His light upon the world. How are we all doing today in being our Lord’s salt and light in our corner of the world?

                                    Pastor Arnold

11/08/15

PASTOR’S PASSAGE

“Ye are the salt of the earth…..Ye are the light of the world.” Matt. 5: 13, 14

   Jesus now begins to give the practical application to the Beatitudes He had just given His Apostles. Our Lord does not close the Beatitudes without telling His men that these attributes were real and must be embraced and they must shine forth through them.

Christ went even further to personalize His message to them when He told them,

“Blessed are you when men shall revile you….” He startles these humble, unknown, men by pronouncing that they must take a life changing message to the world.

   You are the salt of the earth to preserve it from corruption, to season its sensitivity to The Father, and to freshen and sweeten it. You are the light of the world; a title which was expressly spoken of by Jesus, about Himself, but must be applied here by our Lord to His Apostles, as they must become His light upon the world. How are we all doing today in being our Lord’s salt and light in our corner of the world?

                                    Pastor Arnold

 

 

11/01/15

PASTOR’S PASSAGE

“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any fellowship of the spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one , mind.”

                                    Phil. 2: 1, 2

   This passage literally reads as follows: If there be any encourage-ment in Christ, any desire to make Jesus the object of your affection, if you have all things in common because of the Spirit of God in you, if

Your inward affection produces acts of kindness; Satisfy then my delight, that you think the same, in that you love one another as you love yourself, and that because your souls are joined together, you produce the love of Christ continually.

   Because all these attributes are continually being exhibited in our Cedar Hill Family, did Kathy and I receive such a magnificent Love Offering last Sunday. We are so unworthy of such out-pouring of love, but it reinforces the presence of Christ that is so evident in this church. It is such an honor to be your Pastor all these years. Kathy and I look forward to many more years of working and worshiping together.

   We love you so!

                        Ronnie & Kathy

 

10/25/15

“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace.”

                                    Gal. 1:15

   As we ordain these men as deacons today, what exactly does this calling

of God mean?   Paul says that he was separated by God for service. This means that every power of body, soul and spirit is ready and kept for The Father’s purpose only. The call of God is essentially expressive of His nature and our service is the outcome of how God has prepared our nature. Con-sequently when we receive His nature and hear His call, the voice of the Divine nature sounds in both and the two

natures become one.          

   Service is the overflow of super abounding devotion . It is the combination of our little bit and the echo of the great nature of God through us

Service becomes a natural part of our lives. Our relationship with The Father

Becomes so real that He makes evident

His separation and call. To serve God is

The deliberate love-gift of a nature that has heard the call of The Father!  

                                    Pastor Arnold

 10/18/15

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

                                  Matt. 5: 10

   Being persecuted for righteousness’ sake causes us to reach the highest level of the satisfaction of blessedness.   How entirely this beatitude has its ground in the Old Testament because the persecutions are but a continuation of what was experienced by the Old Testament servants of God.   The craving after spiritual blessings rebukes the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life cannot be endured by the contentious, quarrelsome world.

Thus does righteousness come to be persecuted. But fully satisfied are we which are persecuted for proclaiming The Father’s Right over His creation, for our Creator promises that we will be with Him forever in Heaven.

   Hallelujah!!!!

                                 Pastor Ronnie

 

Sermon Notes Continuing Our Detour of Devastation

MATT. 5: 1-12

I. In Our Pride V. 3

II. In Our Prejudice V. 4

III. In Our Predisposition V. 5

IV. In Our Purity V. 8

V. In Our Peace V. 9

VI. In Our Persecution V. 10, 11

VII. In Our Praise V. 12

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Matthew 5:8

As we continue on our journey through the “Beatitudes”, we must be reminded that the word blessed means “fully satisfied” and not merely “happy”.  Happy means we respond to what happens in our lives.  Satisfaction, for a Christian, comes from the joy of our salvation, and as children of God; we will demonstrate the character of our Heavenly Father.

A “peacemaker” is not simply someone who tries to stop the feuding between nations and people, but a believer who has experienced the peace of God and who brings that peace to their fellow man.  The Son of God made peace available through His blood on Calvary’s Cross so that the Father could be made manifest as the God of peace, reconciling the world through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ Himself.  When this reconciliation actually takes place and we have made Christ the Lord of our lives, then we as peace-receivers become peacemakers.  The Father is thus seen reflected in us; and by the family likeness we are recognized as the children of God!

Jumi.