A Few Words from Pator Dave
|Posted by Ebenezer Congregational Church on October 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM|
"...evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him. I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and the right of the poor." Psalm 140:11b-12
The autumn season is my favorite time of the year. I love the dramatic change of colors, the crisp, cool evenings, and I appreciate more the warmth of the sun as it seems softer and more welcoming. All of that being said, the main reason is that I love to hunt. The pursuit of wild game in their environment is an activity I find very rewarding. The harvest of the game I'm hunting is equally fulfilling. All those of my family have come to appreciate and enjoy the fruits of the harvest in jerky, sausage, pepperoni, burgers and grilled steaks. It is not only delicious but very healthy eating.
The opinion of the hunted, however, is much different. I have often observed the very nervous actions that game animals present, always on high alert to the potential dangers presented by those who would hunt them, always on guard knowing this could be their day!
David shows that those who live by the sword are always in danger of dying by the sword and have no rest. In contrast, the Lord protects those who put their trust by faith in Him. The fact that he writes this truth while being hunted by King Saul shows us the magnificent truth of God's ability to see us through the difficulties of this life. Even though we have an adversary that goes about as a lion hunting prey, we need not fear but rest in the grace of Jesus Christ because He is sufficient for the evil of the day.
In Christ alone,
|Posted by Ebenezer Congregational Church on August 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM|
“And has borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.” Revelations 2:3
In the verse preceding this, Jesus says, “I know they works and thy labuour and thy patience.” What a great thought, that Jesus takes note of what we do for the Kingdom and for the sake of glorifying His name.
September third we will acknowledge those who work. The Bible is clear that we are to be productive. Work is in fact an ethic, something that ought to be. The Lord’s command to work six days and rest one does our bodies and minds and spirits good. We, like God, are to produce that which is good. The Lord said at the close of each day of creation that it was good, in fact the last day it was very good. What He works at is good and produces of and in itself goodness. This is what ought to be (ethics).
God’s plan for you is to be a laborer for Him, to produce that which glorifies Him and builds up the church. Ephesians 1:10 says we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. My desire for each of us is that we will be acknowledged for our good works, not by people, but by the one for whom we labor. To labor for Christ is to love Christ. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments”.
As your Pastor, I am very thankful for you labor of love, in and outside the church. How it thrills me to hear of an act of love in serving Jesus by spending yourself for Him and those He loves. So with that, I say Happy Labor Day, and keep up the good work.
Together in Christ,
/s/ Pastor David
|Posted by Ebenezer Congregational Church on April 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM|
"For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth ad bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eather. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55: 10, 11
As I write this we still have seen no significant moisture. We know that God sends rain upon the just and the unjust alike, that He is the One who sends rain and snow. Living in an arid part of the country as this, we should recognize our absolute need and gratitude for His moisture. The Lord, however, is using rain to teach us about His word....how we need His word and also what we do with His word. As rain falls on hard packed soil or pavement, there is little value because it is not absorbed. This is true of our hearts and minds as well. You can die of thirst in a lake full of water if you never take it in and allow it to hydrate your body tissue. I remember someone on the radio saying, "It's not enough to read the Word of God, it's not enough to know the Word of God, we must live the Word of God!" Letting God's voice penetrate your life and bring about growth and maturity to bring glory to God accomplishes that which pleases Him. That which you thirst for you have in your Bible....read it, learn it, live it!
In His Word,
/s/ Pastor David
|Posted by Ebenezer Congregational Church on April 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM|
“When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowering. O he hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?” Matthew 16: 2-3
This has been the most unusual winter I can ever remember. After last winter we were bracing for the worst, only to experience, so far, the mildest weather the plains of Montana have ever experienced. Having said that, we are not through with the season yet. Anyone who has lived in this part of the word will tell you March can be the most volatile month of the year. The probability of a meteorologist pulling out his hair trying to predict, with any amount of certainty, the weather for the month of March is undoubtedly very high.
In order to understand the signs of the nearness of Christ’s second coming, the unveiling of the anti-Christ, and the end of the world, we look to the world news and see how it aligns with Scripture. The question for each of us remains; have you put your faith in Christ alone? In order to bring that question to the forefront of everyone’s mind, the Lord is allowing everything we thought we could trust in to be shaken. This shaking creates uncertainty. We can’t count on anything in this world to be there when we need it. You can’t depend on government, money, possessions, weather patterns or anything else that has shown historically to be trustworthy.
This is the unsettled world that will force people to decide, either I am going to believe Jesus and His truth claims or I am going to look for someone here to have all the answers, i.e., the anti-Christ and his lies. The truth is Jesus holds tomorrow and he holds those who trust in Him alone. As you see the world shaken in uncertainty, look up, Christ is coming for His Bride. This you can count on.
In anticipation of His coming,
/s/ Pastor David