Posted by admin on June 10, 2017
Social media has afforded many people the opportunity to say things in written form that they probably would not say in public. This is a change in our culture that can be good, or it may not be. Personally, I would rather you say it to my face. I mean even people who speak highly of the LORD on Facebook, but will not open their mouths in praise service at church.
On the other end, some will voice a negative opinion about a person, their church or a controversial issue on twitter, but will not say a word when they are confronted with the same thing in person. Of course, not all social media is bad. But for some, it has become a "city of refuge" where they can throw their rocks while hiding their hands.
Posted by admin on May 18, 2017
Pastor and author Rick Warren, became famous (and rich) when he wrote his best seller "Purpose Driven Life." He came back and wrote another book that was even more successful "The Purpose Driven Church."
The reason for the popularity is two-fold. First, deep down within, everyone wants to know their purpose. Second, most people don't know how to discover their purpose. While I am grateful for the gift God gave to Pastor Warren (I enjoyed and taught from both books), the truth is, that the only way to know our purpose is studying the Word of God. Attendance in Sunday school and Bible study, combined with personal, daily devotion and prayer will not only help us to discover our purpose, but also develop our purpose.
It's sad to say that people wonder through life aimlessly because they do not know their purpose. Do You?
Posted by admin on April 14, 2017
The word "Easter" is only recorded once in the Bible (Acts 12:1-4). But it's meaning has nothing to do with the glorious and victorious Resurrection of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. In the context in which the word is used, it refers only to a season of the year – spring. For many, Easter means a time to wear new, bright and special clothing to church. Others use the time for a family cookout or gathering. Then there are those who just look forward to a special meal.
I fondly remember a time when the churches were full on the day they called Easter. Children were excited about their new clothes and the promise of candy and eggs. Although that had little to do with the original purpose, coming to church on Easter meant they heard about the resurrection of Jesus.
Things have changed; it's just another Sunday. No special clothing, whatever they have, they put on. Just give them burgers and fries and let them go outside and play. Is it any wonder why young people today see no need for the church in their lives?
At New Piney Grove, we prefer to use the term Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday. Easter can mean different things to different people. But there is no doubt about what Resurrection means.
So a better question would be, what does Resurrection Day mean to you? Is it a time of celebrating your redemption? Or just another day?
Posted by admin on March 2, 2017
Genesis 2:2-3 (KJV)
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
After six days of creation, the God of the universe rested. That is, He stopped working, not because He was tired, but to establish for us a pattern.
The 7th day was established as a day of rest. It was called the Sabbath and gave rise to those whose lives are committed to ministry, "Sabbatical." It is a period to "stop working", in order for the mind, soul and body to be rejuvenated, refreshed and restored.
I will be on Sabbatical this month. See you in April.