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Pastor's Thoughts

Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Monday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - January 23

Dear Church Family –

Family is one of the most significant forces in our lives.

Family is a witness to the world of Christ’s love for us.

Therefore, family is greatly attacked by the enemy of our souls.

We’re pleased, then, and enthused to have this year’s Emmaus Bible Conference address God’s design for the family from Ephesians chapters 5 and 6. Dr. Scott Ardavanis, pastor of Grace Church of the Valley in central California, is this year’s Bible Conference speaker. Last night, he shared a sentence that I want to pass on today for us to think about.

“God’s design for happiness in the home, is a thoughtful, intelligent, gentle, spirit-filled, submissive wife, and a self-sacrificing, spirit-filled, loving husband.”

I was reminded of something I heard from a chapel speaker at Bible college years ago.

Before you can be the right parent, you need to be the right partner. And before you can be the right partner, you need to be the right person.

A happy, fulfilling marriage and family begins with each of us being the right person before God. Yesterday morning, Dr. Ardavanis reminded us that the Biblical teaching about the family in Ephesians 5 and 6, begins with, and flows out of Ephesians 4.

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph 4:1-3)

Bible Conference continues today, tomorrow, and Wednesday with sessions at 10:30 AM and 7 PM.

We are grieved and saddened to hear of yet another mass shooting—this one at a Lunar New Year Celebration in California--and the resultant tragedy in the lives of families.

In my inbox this morning was a thoughtful reflection on the latest shooting. Dr. Jim Denison wrote:

Tragedies like this should convince us all that we need God, for at least four reasons:

  1. Clearly, human laws are not enough to restrain human evil—we need a transforming power beyond ourselves.

  2. When we lose someone we love, we seek help and hope we cannot produce or give.

  3. The fact that human lives can be taken by other humans demonstrates our finitude and mortality.

  4. The suddenness of such a tragedy illustrates the fact that tomorrow is promised to no one and that eternity is one day closer than ever.

So, let’s invest time and effort, while we can, in the things that really matter:

Our personal relationship with Jesus Christ

Our families

Our church

Helping others encounter Christ and the Bible.

Thankful for my nuclear family, thankful for my church family, and thankful to be adopted into God’s family through faith in Christ! – Pastor Tim

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