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PASTORAL TEAM
 
 Pastor's Pen 
Saturday, December 31 2016
Join me at the Altar

Isn't it amazing that God who could cast us off like yesterday's leftovers allows for the near constant reboot of repentance? He could simply start over with a new Garden and a new couple.

But He would rather that WE begin again at some altar somewhere. He constantly brings us back around to face battles we have a history of losing. Ever the Optimist, God comes alongside us at the very interchange where we made the wrong turn. If we just pay attention we can feel His gentle nudge into the narrow way that leads to life everlasting.

Watch out for the broad and well lit super highway. Just because it is such a popular avenue doesn't mean we will like the destination. The straight and narrow might not be the route of choice for many these days.

But song writer Robert Lowery was onto something wonderful when he asked, "What can wash away my sins?" And then gave the eternal and accurate answer, "NOTHING but the blood of Jesus!"

As the New Year dawns upon us there is no better place for us to meet than at the foot of the Cross.

Join me at the altar!

Gently,

Richard Orrell, Lead Pastor

Posted by: Pastor Rich Orrell AT 06:15 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, December 24 2016
Fear Not

We were sitting around our small fire that night swapping yarns as usual. The hillside was draped with the living wool factories that were our very lives. The steady hum of murmured conversation began to be punctuated with lengthy lulls as the sheep settled down and sleep claimed us one by one. 

Confession they say is good for the soul. Some of us screamed like children when that light burst upon us! One moment it was dark except for the twinkling stars overhead. The next instant the heavens were ablaze with the light of a thousand suns. Suddenly, a powerful voice rang out.  

"Fear not!" 

And with those two words our natural terror subsided to be replaced with an excitement we had never known! Oh, we had all been saying maybe this could be the year of Messiah's     appearing. But we had been hoping and praying for so many years, no one really     believed much anymore. We just said what we thought we were expected to say as Jewish people. Imagine our shock when that incredible Voice announced the birth of Messiah that very night! And wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, of all places!  Now that's our kind of Messiah! 

Later we were nearly overcome with joy as we crowded into that tiny barn to see our newborn King.  

He won our hearts that night so long ago with his humility and simplicity. Maybe that's why we were so eager to hear His gracious words years later when He finally started preaching and teaching. 

We are all getting on up in years now. But we still remember that powerful moment when God let us know the Savior had been born a common man...one of us.  

Crucified but resurrected three days later, He told us He had to go back to His Father. But before He left us that day on the Mount of  Olives, He said He would return. He mentioned we wouldn't know exactly when but that He would surely return. Even after all these years we still hold onto that promise.   

"Even so Lord Jesus, come quickly!"

Merry Christmas!

Richard Orrell, Pastor

Posted by: Pastor Rich Orrell AT 06:45 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, December 10 2016
Peace for Christmas

Peace for Christmas

John 14: 27 NLT

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

God’s Gift to us this Christmas season is HIS peace.  We should not fret. Relax and enjoy family and friends and God’s blessings to America.

God knows exactly where we are and what we are facing.  Whether physical problems, loss of loved ones or jobs, God is our source and an ever present help in time of  trouble.

My wish for you this Christmas is that you’ll experience God’s Peace, the perfect gift He has wrapped up for us this Christmas!

God’s got you, your needs, your family, your future in His hands.  What more could we wish for?   

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Love ya,  Pastor Phil      

Posted by: Pastor Phil Illlum AT 06:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, December 03 2016
The fear of the Lord

We never did know exactly who was killed in the cave-in or if it really happened but the  prospect of suffocation looms as a very real memory.

You see, there was a sand pit near the elementary school we attended as children. We could see banks of inviting yellow sand sticking up above the palmetto scrub as we jostled along the highway headed home in the school bus after the final bell of the day. There was some sort of fence between DeLeon Springs Elementary and the forbidden sand pits. But it wasn't the fence that kept us out. It was fear. The legend of the kids who ditched school and went exploring in the sand pits, never to be seen alive again was often repeated. Tales of how they dug into one of those banks of sand and how it caved in on them were vivid and quite real to children with powerful imaginations. We were being protected from very real  dangers by an underlying drive for self preservation.

Perhaps something like that is being hinted at by the scriptural statement, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom". If we respect the  possibility of eternal retribution from Someone absolutely in charge, we may well be motivated to research His requirements and comply.     

Perhaps not for love of His sterling nature, but in simple self-preservation we begin our search. As we discover He is real, we learn that His character and nature deserve our love, praise, worship and devotion.  The relationship that  began with, "thou shall NOT", developed into, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest". As we learn the truth of His terrible sacrifice for each of us on Calvary's cruel cross, we fall hopelessly in love with our real, warm, loving, wonderful and forgiving Heavenly Father.

Lovingly,

Richard Orrell, Lead Pastor

 

Posted by: Pastor Rich Orrell AT 07:02 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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