A Few Words from Pator Dave
|Posted by Ebenezer Congregational Church on February 25, 2021 at 6:15 PM|
Behold the Lion of the Tribe of Judah
This year, Palm Sunday falls in March. Resurrection Sunday, and the celebration of a risen King will be earlier than many years. As I think of Palm Sunday, I think of the crowds anticipation of a victorious Kings arrival. A jubilant celebration of crying “hosanna” and how they were looking for one who would save them from their enemies and rule the nation. Sadly, many of these same people would cry out for his crucifixion mere hours later.
There is a saying applied to the month of March, “in like a lion, out like a lamb”. Although the origin of this statement is uncertain, it is applied to typical weather patterns. The month often starts in harsh winter and ends in milder spring type weather. This is the opposite, when we meet with Jesus. First, he is the savior who dies to save. Then he lives as a king to reign. Many times we think, live then die, but Christ died in order to live. Make no mistake, a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit, John 12. 24.
John was weeping on the isle of Patmos because there was no one worthy to open the book that was sealed. He was told to look at the Lion of the tribe of Judah. The next verse tells us he looked and beheld, “the lamb who had been slain.”
This duplicity in Christ must be true for each of us. Our understanding of Him must be complete, you can’t have one without the other. And it must be in the right order. First, Jesus must be the Lamb of God, slain for you. Then, he is to reign in your heart as your King. He is the All in All!!
In Christ Alone, Pastor David
|Posted by Ebenezer Congregational Church on February 3, 2021 at 3:45 PM|
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1 John 4.8
As we look into the second month of the year, no doubt we consider the 14th as being Valentines Day. And as we do, our thoughts turn to love and those we love. The very thought that it takes a special day to make us stop and focus on this, shows how inconsistent we are at love. Even though the topic of love is talked about continually and it seems to be a driving force as people desperately try to find it. Still it eludes many, leaving the vast majority yet longing to be loved. You may remember the lyric that states, “what the world needs now is love sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just to little of.” The author is expressing frustration, for he or she has been looking and not finding. Another old song states, “looking for love in all the wrong places.” This writer is in a better place. He recognizes the problem is not a lack of love, but a misdirecting in finding it.
As a born again Christ follower, I have found love. When Christ hung on the cross for me, he drew me to him. There I found love. There I recognized that true love in the form of one who would actively, conscientiously and unconditionally give himself for me. God is love!
Perhaps this Valentines Day, rather than just express our love for others, we point them to the one who is love and to the cross where they might experience the love of God that quenches all their longings.
In Christ Alone, Pastor David
|Posted by Ebenezer Congregational Church on April 25, 2020 at 1:15 AM|
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
As I write this article, it is the 13th of April. We have just celebrated the resurrection of our Savior. The Coronavirus has brought much change and disruption into our lives and by the time you read this, I’m sure things will have changed even more. Perhaps we will have more to adjust to. Or maybe things will have begun to get back to normal. I do not know. It is the uncertainty that drives us to strive for direction and understanding. Think of it, if we had all the answers, we would have no need for illumination as our guide.
Before the Psalmist could write this powerful verse, contained in a passage used to teach children to read, he had to confess that he didn’t know the way. He had to ask for light in order to determine the direction to go. Without this clarification he would have been stumbling in the dark.
Today there are more unknowns than I can remember, changes coming every day. As a Pastor, I find This setting to be a good thing in that, I’m seeking the Lord more fervently in my inability. Learning more and more of my need of Jesus in every day and every way. You see, Jesus is the Word and the Light.
I want to encourage you to cry out to Him. Let him know you recognize your dimness of sight and ask him to guide you through the day.
In Christ Alone, Pastor David
|Posted by Ebenezer Congregational Church on October 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM|
"The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?" Daniel 4:30
As of November sixth we will have participated in the American process of governing this country. We will have cast our votes for political office and we will have helped make policy through our votes for or against proposed changes in what will be the law of the land. Many have been in prayer for the process and this is right to do so as the Lord says "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn form their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14).
You see, sometimes we may think the answer is in how the election process turns out. Is this the answer to our problems? It is not. In fact, the way it turns out could lead us further from the Lords desire for us. Somehow by being involved in the process, if the result is what we voted for, we like Nebuchadnezzar, can take on this prideful attitude that the results are because of what we did. We, by our works, cannot boast in that. Whether our nation prospers, or fails, will only be decided by the Lord himself.
What is important is that we continue to pray and through honest communication with God, we are humbled to confess our pride and sin and to declare our dependence on Him. This great country does not have the constitution as its foundation nor is it built upon American spirit. Rather, what this nation will be is solely dependent on whether or not we truly, in our hearts, believe we are one nation under God.