Biblical Prophecy and Current Events

In troubling times we look for signs, explanations, and certainty that brings order to disorder. The Bible, filled with the stories of God, his commands, and miraculous works throughout time and history is the resource we often consult. Did God predict this specific event? Is there something we can do to save ourselves from imminent doom from an angry God? Or maybe there is a secret code or revelation that somehow we missed? Apocalyptic texts like Daniel in the Old Testament rightfully grab hold of our curiosity and imagination in disruptive days like these. However, as we read these texts, perhaps the answers we’re looking for have been hiding in plain sight and are not so secretive after all.

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Praying for Pittsburgh and the Jewish Community

Blog Post 10-29-18

I am deeply saddened from the news over the weekend in which 11 worshipers from a Pittsburgh synagogue were murdered during their weekly Sabbath worship service.

There can be no allowance for such hatred and evil in our world. Eternal justice will be rightly found in the hands of God, but we are not left helpless or without solutions that we have control over. Sadly, events such as these only turns up the heat on a boiling pot that is simmering underneath our society, to which I am greatly concerned over.

However, before the political rhetoric grows to a deafening noise, it is appropriate (and I suggest necessary) to sit in silence, prayer, sorrow, and lament. Before we lift our heads, open our mouths, or type another word on social media, let us first turn to the Lord who sees, knows, forgives, and heals. Our hearts must first be surrendered to Him so that we may learn again to love as He loves.

My tears flow endlessly;
  they will not stop
until the Lord looks down
  from heaven and sees.
But I called on your name, Lord,
  from deep within the pit.
You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading!
  Hear my cry for help!”
Yes, you came when I called;
  you told me, “Do not fear.”
(Lamentations 3:49-50, 55-57)

By the Cross and for the Kingdom,
Pastor Matt

Count the Cost

Count the Cost

Writing in the 1940’s during the height of World War II from inside Germany while defending the defenseless, speaking against the tyranny of Hitler and the Nazi regime, and protecting the integrity of the Gospel under threat from the state that eventually led to his arrest and execution, Dietrich Bonhoeffer has earned a rightful position in history. He has joined the ranks of many that have gone before him, and through his writings, those who would desire to identify with Christ today are confronted with a life-changing question, “Am I sure I want to do this?” Continue reading “Count the Cost”

God is Enough

Blog Post 10_8_18

We are an anxious generation and statistics are painting a somber picture of this reality. Among college students today, anxiety has surpassed depression as the most common reason for seeking counseling services, and this is combined with the doubling of hospital admissions in the last decade among suicidal teenagers.[1] The statistics help reveal the growing epidemic and point to probable causes, but fail to provide a satisfying solution that our society is in desperate need of. The liberating truth we need to hear today is this: Freedom from our worries and anxiety is found in three little words, “God is enough”. Continue reading “God is Enough”

Is Religion for the Weak?

Luke 4_18

It’s often been said that “religion is for the weak”. I remember a time in my teenage years when an older man said this to me as I was sharing about my family and our commitment to attending church. I don’t know if he was trying to be helpful by sharing his perspective on life or intentionally attempting to demoralize me. Either way, it stuck with me as being rude and somehow incompatible with the God I knew.  Continue reading “Is Religion for the Weak?”