Archive for January, 2013

Help for the Helpless

Here is our thought for the week. Most people have heard the saying, “God helps those who help themselves.”  Almost everyone has the idea that it comes from the Bible, but it doesn’t. It is not in the Bible, and it is totally false.

I have seen no scripture that would indicate that God helps those who help themselves. As long as we’re helping ourselves, who needs God? It’s when we reach the end of our rope, and we’re dangling out in space, that we finally cry out, “God, help me!” We have nothing to offer God, and we are powerless to help ourselves. Only He can deliver us from ourselves and our sinful nature.

When I was convinced I was doing something for myself, and that God was blessing me because of my wit and wisdom, He showed me that I had nothing to offer in the way of self-sufficiency. It was then I learned what the Bible really says.

We find it in John 15:5. Jesus is speaking:”I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Here are just two more verses. “This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles”. Also, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:6, 18).

Jonah, who we visited recently, called out to God from inside the big fish and was rescued.

Perhaps the apostle Paul said it best. “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

Does God help those who help themselves? No! It is quite the opposite. God helps the helpless.

In His grip,
Pastor Jerry Continue reading

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An Unhappy Anniversary

This week (Tuesday) marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America. I want to say a few words concerning the sin of abortion. I believe we must call it sin, because God created humans in his image, and to destroy human life is murder. It is murder at any stage of life. Nowhere in scripture is the murder of a human being at any stage of life condoned, especially the lives of innocents.

Much is made in the news media of the murder of young people in a school, or the slaughter of people attending a movie, but there is no outcry, no sorrow over the millions of lives terminated by abortion in the last 40 years. In the most recent report from Planned Parenthood, we find the organization performed 333,964 abortions in 2011. This amounts to 915 abortions per day. Where is the media uproar over this?

There has been much talk recently from the president and others about stricter gun laws, but I have heard nothing about the clear and present danger to the unborn in the form of abortion. I believe the issue is not one of taking guns from law-abiding citizens. Instead it is about a country, a government that breaks God’s moral law by sponsoring abortion (murder).

God is not mocked. Whether as individuals or as a nation, we will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). When the Israelites were sacrificing their children to pagan gods, God judged them (Leviticus 20:2-5).. Why would we think he will not do the same when our country is in effect sacrificing our unborn children to the “god of convenience”, or to the “god of choice?”

I believe that our country will be judged for this sin, if in fact we are not being judged already. Sin has consequence, and even if America would confess her sin and repent of it, she will surely suffer some consequence of her past actions.

The Bible is God’s Word, and if God’s Word says murder is a sin, who are we to try to tell Him He is wrong? In my mind and in my understanding of the Bible, there can be no justification for abortion for any reason.

Praying for America,
Pastor Jerry

WiFi from Heaven

We are trying to get back into some sort of regular routine, but I wonder, how do you get into a routine when three days in succession you are at a variety of doctor’s appointments? Maybe next week!

The cold weather returned at the end of the week, but it brought some moisture with it, so we are thankful.

I don’t know how many of you would remember the old song “Turn Your Radio On.” Here are a few lines:
“Everybody has a radio receiver
All you got to do is listen for the call
Turn your radio on, turn your radio on
If you listen in you will be a believer
Leanin’ on the truths that’ll never fall
Get in touch with God, turn the radio on….
Turn your radio on and glory share
Turn your lights down low
And listen to the Master’s radio
Get in touch with God, turn your radio on.”

I saw the following post on Facebook this morning, and was suddenly taken with the thought that we’ve come quite a distance from “Turn Your Radio On.”

With a little editing, here is what I read: “Prayer is like WiFi. It’s invisible, but it has the power to connect to the One you need.”

I know about WiFi. I’m too frugal to pay for a data package for my cell phone, so I search out places with free WiFi, so I can check email and stay in touch with my Facebook friends.

Why do I think prayer might be like WiFi? Because we can communicate with Someone who is unseen, through an unseen power. It is in Jesus’ instructions concerning prayer: “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).

Prayer is not the same as WiFi, in that it is always available. There is no need to find a hotspot. You are always connected, anytime, anywhere… even in a whale. From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. He said: “In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me… when my life was ebbing away I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple” (Jonah 2:2….7).

Continually connected,
Pastor Jerry

New Day Dawning

Hello friends,
We have recovered from whatever it was that had us in its grip over Christmas. Last week Milrae and I were able to enjoy several days at the lake, as Alex was still with his dad. Along with getting a couple of little projects done, there was time for an afternoon of catching up with old friends, and a little ice fishing time. I did catch a couple of small pike, which are now in our freezer.

As I write this, it is early Monday morning, and the eastern sky is getting light. The clouds are varying shades of pink and blue, and I’m reminded again that each day is a gift from the Lord. There is a passage of scripture that comes to mind. It is in the Old Testament book of Lamentations. Now Lamentations is not often thought of as a book that gives a lot of hope, but these few verses stand out.

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lamentations 3:21-26).

Isn’t it great to know that because of God’s love we are not destroyed on the spot? He continually gives us another opportunity, the dawning of a new day, to get right with him. It is because of his great compassion for humanity that he sent his Son to provide the way to salvation. We deserve nothing but condemnation because of our sin, but our compassionate and loving God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish. Is this the day you begin a new life with him? Or perhaps renew your fellowship with him?

Waiting for the Son,
Pastor Jerry