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Thursday, 23 June 2016
What Does The Revelation Reveal

God has given His Word for the purpose of revealing Himself to man. Were it not for the Scriptures man would know very little about the God who is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. Instead he would be left to have only a very limited knowledge of a creator. But God, in His grace, has given to man the complete and perfect revelation of Himself. As Scroggie wrote, "The Bible is given to us that we might know God…"[1]; and R.A. Torrey echoed the same idea when he said, "From the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of Revelation, we see God as a person, an infinite and perfect person"[2]. When one considers these truths they will then see that the primary purpose of the Scriptures is to reveal the God of Heaven. He reveals that He is a loving God (1 JN 4:8), that He is a holy God (Lev. 11:44) and many other truths that man would know nothing of had He not chosen to tell him in His Word. However, that is not to imply that the Bible doesn't also serve as the only perfect source of answers to the questions that plague the heart of man. From the purpose of man's existence, to the destiny of man after life on this earth; there is no other source for the answers to these hard questions than through the revelation of God. Thus, the primary purpose of the revelation is God revealing Himself to man.


[1] Scroggie, W. Graham. The Unfolding Drama of Redemption. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1976. 17.

[2] Torrey, R.A. The God of the Bible. New Kensington, PA: Whitaker, 1999. 18.

Posted on 06/23/2016 3:21 PM by Pastor Tim
Monday, 13 June 2016
Sex Crimes and Sexual Predators

You don't have to watch the news very long to hear another story about someone being attacked, raped, kidnapped, or even killed where the motive seemed to be of the sexual nature. The recent court case involving the Stanford Student, Brock Turner, the recent arrest of a mentally deranged man who tried to drag a 13-year-old girl out of a store; such reports cause all of us to shake our heads and fear for our wives and our children.

The focus of this article is not to discuss the right or wrong concerning these individuals and their actions, nor will it be to draw conclusions about the judge and what he did right or wrong. Instead, I want to get you to join me and think about the problem that is at the heart of each of these (and many other) incidents.

Why are so many people in our society making such destructive decisions? What does this stem from? I believe the answer is at least partially found in the over exposure of individuals to sexually related images, movies, television programs and literature.

God's Word gives us some insight into this dilemma. In the book of 1 Corinthians 7:9, the Apostle Paul makes the statement it is better to marry than to burn. IN the context he is dealing with whether it is permissible to marry or if it is better to remain single. However, in the above statement he uses a very interesting word. He says to burn. The idea expressed by the word is to be kindled or inflamed. The picture is that an individual can become enflamed with their sexual passions. The use of such a strong word is to show the reader how severe this passion really is.

How does that fit into the dilemma we find ourselves in today? The constant consumption of sexually saturated internet, video games, and television has caused men in particular to be walking time bombs. Many are burning in their lust and the result of such a condition is the cruel, barbaric actions we observe in our society on almost a daily basis.

So what is the answer? I don't pretend to know everything about this issue, and I most certainly can't even begin to properly deal with this in a short article. However, the answer lies in people experiencing the saving grace of Jesus Christ. This is merely the beginning, but from that experience we then begin to grow into a relationship with Christ that equips us to deal with these feelings and desires in the right way. The Bible has what we need to deal with what we face. We must learn it and begin to practice it in our lives. And for the individual who has already started down the destructive road of sexual perversion, I want to tell you that there is grace sufficient for all our sins. God will forgive and He will deliver you from the bonds of this sin. He will renew your mind and begin to enable you to think righteous thoughts, He will help clear your mind of all the corruption you have filled it with. God can do that.

If you or someone you know struggles with this type of sin please let us know. We are here to help.


Posted on 06/13/2016 9:11 AM by Pastor Tim
Thursday, 2 June 2016
Forgive, for your own good!

Rape, incest, abuse, abandonment-these are just a few of the things that teenagers have to face in our present generation that they never really had to deal with before. With all of this hurt in the home, it is no wonder so many teens struggle with forgiveness. It would definitely be hard to forgive a dad who completely deserted his family and left behind a mom and kids to struggle and fend for themselves. It would also be difficult to forgive a mom who had physically abused her children and left scars and pain that will never go away. 

So what is a young person to do? Those who were supposed to love and care for him or her most in this world have been the ones who forsook them and hurt them more than anyone else. How can one deal with this pain and heartache?  God tells us in Ephesians 4:32 that we are to forgive one another. When the victim reads this, he may at first become defensive. The thought comes to mind, "You just don't understand what I have been through!" And the truth is, many times we don't understand exactly what the other person has experienced, but we are told by our loving God that we must forgive.

So why is it so important to forgive? First of all, we must forgive because failure to do so will only cause us more pain and suffering. It has been said that the one who is bitter over some past experience forces himself to relive the terrible incident every day. As long as we hold the bitterness inside and refuse to release the person who wronged us into God's hands, we will keep punishing ourselves with the hurt and the pain. A person who is bitter and unforgiving will revisit their hurt every single day!

Secondly, it is important to forgive because God has told us in Mark 11:26 that if we refuse to forgive others then God will not forgive us; thus, we break our fellowship with the only one who can truly give us the peace and comfort that is essential to overcome this pain and suffering. We have to forgive in order for God to forgive us.

So maybe you are convinced that forgiveness is the way to go, but now your question is, "How do I forgive?" Well, according to Ephesians 4:32, we are to forgive "even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven us." How does God forgive? He forgives freely and fully. He chooses to remove our trespasses from us to remember them no more. That's the key! If we are going to truly forgive, we must make a rational decision to do so. God will not make you forgive.   

Once we have come to the point where we are ready to forgive, we then can go to God and receive His help in doing so. Only He can give us what it takes to forgive some of the terrible things we might have experienced. He can give us the ability to forgive and also the opportunity to move on and leave the past behind us. That's what He wants to do! So, young person, are you struggling with bitterness from a past situation? It's time to forgive.  You will do yourself the greatest favor ever.  Just remember how great a debt that God forgave you and forgiving others will be much easier.

Posted on 06/02/2016 1:32 PM by Pastor Tim
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