April 4, 2024

Letter From the Pastor – April 7, 2024

                 Temptation is often deceptively subtle.  There is a diabolical thing about evil.  It can seem so reasonable, so necessary, even so beautiful.  Some years ago a popular song had a line in it which said, “It can’t be wrong when it seems so right.”  Well, I hate to disappoint some people; but wrong always has a way of appearing right to those who want to do it.                  Evil does not present itself in the form of some grotesque creature with horns, hooves, and a […]
March 28, 2024

Letter From the Pastor – March 31, 2024

The capacity for doubt is not necessarily a bad thing.  Much of the progress that has been made in the world must be partially attributed to doubt.  Columbus doubted the maps and charts of his day; as a result, the new world was discovered.  The Wright brothers doubted the accepted axiom that ‘heavier than air machinery cannot fly’.  And air travel became a reality.  The ability to question, to wonder, to doubt is one of our noblest capacities.  In a world like ours, there are many things that need to be doubted.  A person would have to be intellectually sterile […]
March 21, 2024

Letter From the Pastor – March 24, 2024

In his novel entitled The Robe, Lloyd C. Douglas skillfully told the story of the crucifixion of Christ.  One of the central characters in the plot was a Roman military officer named Marcellus.  He was in charge of the small detachment who were chosen to carry out the execution.  Marcellus did not desire the assignment but accepted it with the aloof resignation of a good soldier.  It was his job, and he would do it. But after the dirty deed was done, Marcellus was a haunted man.  He returned to Rome but was unable to escape that day in Jerusalem.  […]
March 14, 2024

Letter From the Pastor – March 17, 2024

I have observed that a person who does not pray goes on a lonely pilgrimage.  He or she shuts himself off from that help that is within his or her reach.  He will not take the outstretched hand of God.  He chooses to go it alone.  We should not make light of that person, for his choice may be born of deep sincerity.  But it would certainly seem that he puts too much trust in human strength alone.  In the New Testament, Jesus had much to say about the power of prayer.  But nowhere did He probe more deeply than […]
March 7, 2024

Letter From the Pastor – March 10, 2024

I heard a story one time about a man who was a construction foreman for a wealthy financier.  The financier furnished the money and the foreman furnished the know-how.  Together they were in the building business. One day the financier called the foreman into his office.  He explained that he would be out of the city for a while and that while he was gone he wanted a house built.  He said, “Here are the plans, and I have deposited in the local bank under your signature $25,000 which is the architect’s estimate of cost.” The foreman took the plans, […]