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.
Posted by admin on February 5, 2017
The word appreciation implies an expression of gratitude for the magnitude of something or someone. After 24 years of ministry I have come to appreciate more and more the many wonderful members of New Piney Grove.
And while the church showed their appreciation for me on the last Sunday of January, my wife and I are honored to serve; we appreciate you. I appreciate all those non-members who visit our website as well.
We had a couple visiting from Texas with us last month and I asked who invited them. They told me no one; they saw us on the web. I also had a member call me after reading my blog; that blessed me tremendously. Those two things kept me from making the decision to discontinue writing a blog each month.
So I will continue to write, because I appreciate you!
Posted by admin on January 1, 2017
Time was brought into existence by God, Who transcends time and exists in eternity. We make big deals out of birthdays, anniversaries and New Year's Day, because we are time oriented individuals. But the Bible does tell us to number our days and that our days are few.
So here we are in 2017, with hopes and aspirations that things will be better. We are sometimes deceived into believing that time heals all. But we need to be mindful that God has allotted each of us a time, we call it life. We should make the most of the time we have left on our allotment.
But more importantly, Jesus promised that He would return. We know not the "time" of His return, but we better make sure we are ready!