Monday, December 11, 2017

Wisdom in Elections

Are you tired of hearing about the election? Do you know how you will vote? Do you know who to believe and who not to believe? Your answer is probably the same as mine. I don’t have a clue who to believe and who not to believe. We have listened to both sides accuse each other. Now we are reading and listening to people who present commentary on the situation. Most of those providing commentary really don’t know the truth. There is only a few people who really know the truth.


So what do we do? The election is tomorrow, a decision must be made. You have a few choices. Vote either Democrat or Republican, don’t vote, or write in someone. How do you know what’s right?


There is one way to know what’s right and what you should do. James 1:5  “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,”. As a believer, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us with these decisions. The Bible says, “He (Holy Spirit) will guide us into all truth”. It’s time to pray about how we should vote, we’ve heard and read enough. Each individual has to make that decision. Col. 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart.”


Now is the time for you to ask for wisdom, allow the Spirit to guide you, and let the Peace of God rule in your heart. We are then commanded to pray for those in our government.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

OUR HOPE

What a tragedy this past Sunday in the town of Sutherland Springs, TX.  A gunman shot and killed several people at First Baptist Church. This is, once again, a reminder of where we live. Our world is a dark place full of sin and evil. Satan has filled the hearts of people with oppression & depression, hate & selfishness, and death & destruction. The Bible says that “The heart is more deceitful than all else, And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

In such such a hopeless place as this where do we go, how do we act and react.

There was a story Years ago of an S-4 submarine that was rammed by a ship off the coast of Massachusetts. It sank immediately and the entire crew was trapped in a prison house of death. Every effort was made to rescue the crew; But all ultimately failed. A deep sea diver, who was part of the rescue crew thought he heard tapping on the steel wall of the sunken sub. He realized it was Morse code. He spelled out the message that was being tapped from within, it was repeating the same question; “Is there any hope?”

Is there any Hope? That is an age old question. Is there any Hope? Is there any Hope for our nation? Is there any hope for our world? Even though our world seems lost, there is hope. Hope is not found in this world.  Hope does not come from new laws or rules.  Hope does not come from President, Congress, Courts, etc. Hope does not even come from our military. The hope I speak about comes in the person of Jesus Christ. In the midst of all the senselessness He gives hope.

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.


My Hope is built on nothing less 
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness 
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
but holy lean on Jesus name. 
On Christ the solid rock I stand 
all other ground is seeking sand.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

7 FAQ's about Visiting Church on Easter Sunday

7 FAQ's about Visiting Church on Easter Sunday

Ron Edmondson wrote a neat article for people who may be visiting the church he pastors, Immanuel in Lexington, KY this Sunday.  I adapted it to fit Pineview.  So here is 7 FAQ’s for Easter Sunday.

Visiting a church for the first time, or after not having been for a while, can be intimidating at times. You often don’t know what to expect. You’d love to ask, but you’re not sure who to ask or even if your question sounds silly. It’s not. Probably others have the same question as you.

Here are 7 frequently asked questions about visiting Easter Sunday:
What should I wear?
At Pineview we are pretty casual.  On any given Sunday you will see many styles of dress.  Mostly casual, from blue jeans to khakis.  Very seldom do you see a tie.  Ladies will be in pants and there will be some in dresses.  Being Easter you may see a couple of people in Suit and tie (it won’t be the pastor).  To answer your question, choose an outfit you already own, one you feel comfortable in, and join us.

What will we do? What can I expect?
We will have a fairly typical worship schedule. We will sing some songs, have a short greeting time, I’ll share a message (my intent will be to share hope), we will sing some more. Our music is mostly contemporary, but there will be some mixture.  We are led by a Praise band and team.  And, yes, in full transparency, and in case you’re wondering, we will receive an offering. Our offerings support the full range of ministries we offer in the church, community, and around the world. You are not required, however, to participate during this time unless you choose to do so.
Will you embarrass me?
I certainly hope not. It will be a primary goal not to do that. I don’t personally like to be embarrassed when I visit somewhere new, even in a church — and I’m a pastor — so my goal is to create an environment that is comfortable for all. You WILL NOT be singled out as a visitor. We don’t make visitors stand, raise their hand, or even fill out a card if you choose not to do so. (You certainly won’t be asked to sing a solo, unless you sing really, really loud — and then you’re on your own. :) )
How long will the service last?
Slightly more than an hour. I’d love to say an hour, but sometimes the service ends up being an hour and 10 or 15 minutes frequently. At the most, you’ll be with us for an hour and 20 minutes. (Walking to and from the car time and all.)
What time should I arrive?
That’s a great question. And, I’m really trying to help when I suggest you get here a few minutes early. Maybe even as many as 10 or 15 minutes early.  Especially if you have children to check into our children’s areas or this is your first time. We especially want you to find a seat where you are most comfortable (some want up close — some want in the middle), and you’ll feel more acclimated to the room if you have a few minutes to adjust before the service begins. We have a special Easter bulletin you can be reading while you wait for the service to start.  We also will have some special Pre Service music provided by our Praise Team.
Do you have something for children?
Absolutely.  Birth through 6th grade have their own activities designed especially for them. They will enjoy a worship experience that will engage them at their level. Of course, we don’t keep you from bringing children with you in the worship service if that is more comfortable on a first visit, but our experience is that they truly do enjoy the service designed for them. Either way, we love when entire families join us Easter Sunday.
Can I only come one time? Really, for what am I signing up when I come Easter Sunday?
There’s no obligation beyond Easter Sunday. It’s a “free look”. Promise. Being honest, we do ask you to fill out a contact card and, if you do, we will follow up with you. And I hope you do. I love seeing who God brought to us as visitors. I love meeting visitors. But, even if you fill out a card, we allow you to tell us how you want to be contacted. Phone, email, social media, or visit — or none — you tell us. We won’t put any unfair pressure on you to ever come again. We hope you will, and we’d love if Easter triggered that desire in you, but that’s your call — not ours.

I hope that answers some questions of those who think about visiting our church. I’d be honored if you are our guest.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday America

As I sit thinking about our nation celebrating another birthday, the 238th birthday, I am thinking how blessed this nation has been.  Two verses come to my mind as to why I believe we have experienced the Blessings of God. 

1)    Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord”.
There are so many quotations from past leaders as to the testimony of God in our nation.  George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible”.  Abraham Lincoln was quoted, “God is my witness that it is my constant anxiety and prayer that both myself and this nation should be on the Lord’s side”.   No doubt we need God in America.  America is a living testimony of how God can and will bless a nation that honors Him.  We need to bless God in order to experience God’s blessings.

2)    Genesis 12:3  “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him that curses you;”
America’s support of Israel through the years is no secret.  President Truman’s support to recognize Israel as a state was based upon his belief that in the book of Deuteronomy God had given the land of Israel to the Jewish people for all time.  We as a nation must continue to support Israel.  God makes it very clear that He will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. 

Through the years our nation has held to these verses.   We must never waver on these truths now.  We must be committed to our Lord.  Pray for our nation, pray for our President, Pray for all leaders in Washington and Montgomery.  Pray that they will give an ear to our Heavenly Father. 


I am blessed to have been born in the greatest country ever, the United States of America; one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.

Friday, April 18, 2014

7 FAQ's about Visiting Church on Easter Sunday

Ron Edmondson wrote a neat article for people who may be visiting the church he pastors, Immanuel in Lexington, KY this Sunday.  I adapted it to fit Pineview.  So here is 7 FAQ’s for Easter Sunday.

Visiting a church for the first time, or after not having been for a while, can be intimidating at times. You often don’t know what to expect. You’d love to ask, but you’re not sure who to ask or even if your question sounds silly. It’s not. Probably others have the same question as you.

Here are 7 frequently asked questions about visiting Easter Sunday:
What should I wear?
At Pineview we are pretty casual.  On any given Sunday you will see many styles of dress.  Mostly casual, from blue jeans to khakis.  Very seldom do you see a tie.  Ladies will be in pants and there will be some in dresses.  Being Easter you may see a couple of people in Suit and tie (it won’t be the pastor).  To answer your question, choose an outfit you already own, one you feel comfortable in, and join us.

What will we do? What can I expect?
We will have a fairly typical worship schedule. We will sing some songs, have a short greeting time, I’ll share a message (my intent will be to share hope), we will sing some more. Our music is mostly contemporary, but there will be some mixture.  We are led by a Praise band and choir.  And, yes, in full transparency, and in case you’re wondering, we will receive an offering. Our offerings support the full range of ministries we offer in the church, community, and around the world. You are not required, however, to participate during this time unless you choose to do so.
Will you embarrass me?
I certainly hope not. It will be a primary goal not to do that. I don’t personally like to be embarrassed when I visit somewhere new, even in a church — and I’m a pastor — so my goal is to create an environment that is comfortable for all. You WILL NOT be singled out as a visitor. We don’t make visitors stand, raise their hand, or even fill out a card if you choose not to do so. (You certainly won’t be asked to sing a solo, unless you sing really, really loud — and then you’re on your own. :) )
How long will the service last?
Slightly more than an hour. I’d love to say an hour, but sometimes the service ends up being an hour and 10 or 15 minutes frequently. At the most, you’ll be with us for an hour and 20 minutes. (Walking to and from the car time and all.)
What time should I arrive?
That’s a great question. And, I’m really trying to help when I suggest you get here a few minutes early. Maybe even as many as 10 or 15 minutes early.  Especially if you have children to check into our children’s areas or this is your first time. We especially want you to find a seat where you are most comfortable (some want up close — some want in the middle), and you’ll feel more acclimated to the room if you have a few minutes to adjust before the service begins. We have a special Easter bulletin you can be reading while you wait for the service to start.  We also will have some special Pre Service music provided by our Praise Team.
Do you have something for children?
Absolutely.  Birth through 6th grade have their own activities designed especially for them. They will enjoy a worship experience that will engage them at their level. Of course, we don’t keep you from bringing children with you in the worship service if that is more comfortable on a first visit, but our experience is that they truly do enjoy the service designed for them. Either way, we love when entire families join us Easter Sunday.
Can I only come one time? Really, for what am I signing up when I come Easter Sunday?
There’s no obligation beyond Easter Sunday. It’s a “free look”. Promise. Being honest, we do ask you to fill out a contact card and, if you do, we will follow up with you. And I hope you do. I love seeing who God brought to us as visitors. I love meeting visitors. But, even if you fill out a card, we allow you to tell us how you want to be contacted. Phone, email, social media, or visit — or none — you tell us. We won’t put any unfair pressure on you to ever come again. We hope you will, and we’d love if Easter triggered that desire in you, but that’s your call — not ours.

I hope that answers some questions of those who think about visiting our church. I’d be honored if you are our guest.

Friday, February 21, 2014

You Never Let Go

April 27th, 2011 was a day like no other.  15 violent tornadoes rated EF-4 [on 0-5 scale] or higher (including four EF-5s) struck the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia. Alabama was the hardest hit, with 9 violent tornadoes touching down there, and 11 total crossing within its boundaries. The top two deadliest tornadoes in April since modern records began hit that day.  Approximately 100 people died in the North Alabama tornadoes alone.  Hundreds of people were left injured and homeless.

On that Sunday morning following those tornadoes we gathered in our gym/fellowship hall lit by battery operated lights and talked, prayed & shared together.  We sang a song titled “You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman that became one of our favorites around here.

People all around us today are facing storms in their life.  They may not be EF-5 Tornadoes, but the storms people face everyday still wreak havoc on people and their lives.  Some are facing physical storms, emotional storms, financial storms, spiritual storms, and family storms.  Some storms are of our own making, but yet, many are because we live in a fallen world.  A place where Satan, as a lion, roams to and fro looking to tear people apart. 

We know that there is one who we can depend on in the midst of a storm.  His name is Jesus.  People all around us need to know that there is a Savior, who cares about their plight.  They need to know that if you put your trust in Him, He will never ever let go.  

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
Your perfect love is casting out fear
And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
I won't turn back, I know you are near
And I will fear no evil.
For my God is with me
And if my God is with me
Whom then shall I fear?
Whom then shall I fear?


(Chorus:)
Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
Oh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
Oh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Christian Marriage

A little over 50 % of marriages end in divorce.   According to James Dobson only 1 out of 10 of those that do not divorce ever attain “true intimacy’, Dr. Dobson goes on to describe what he means by intimacy.  He says it is that mystical bond of friendship, commitment and understanding.  Here is a few reminders that might help us attain that intimacy in marriage.

A Christian marriage is one that is built with a good foundation.  The participants must understand that this is the first and most important institution God ordainedGod Himself gave the first bride away.  God Himself performed the first wedding ceremony.  In the Garden of Eden our Heavenly Father Himself sanctified the first home. We read in Gen. 2:15, 18-24, The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden . . . But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

A Christian marriage - one that pleases God - is based upon God's love, which is a supernatural love.  This love does not always affect the way you feel, but it always affects the way you act toward that person whom you love.  That love is described in 1 Cor. 13,  "Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.  Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends; . . .So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."  (1 Cor. 13:4-13)


A Christian Marriage is a companionship which involves mutual commitment and responsibility.  You will share alike in the responsibilities and joys of life.  When companions share a sorrow, the sorrow is halved; and when they share a joy, the joy is doubled.  You should share willingly your joys and worries, your successes and your struggles.  When storms in life come learn to lean on each other.  When times are great be sure and celebrate those times together.   Whether good times or bad times, cling closely to each other, that defeats may be met by a united strength, and victories by a united joy.