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First Things @ First

Pastoral Perspectives, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Everything? Even adversity? How you and I deal with adversity determines largely how we advance through life in the journey of faith? Everyone deals with some level of adversity in this world. For some, it lingers for long time. Question is, does adversity make you stronger in your faith service or does it sideline you with an overwhelming sense of failure? In reading a few weeks ago, I ran across some thoughts from Max Lucado that I believe worth your time, especially if you are on what Max refers to as the anvil of God and feel like you're being pounded up

First Things @ First

Pastoral Perspectives, You may well have heard the statement a couple of times--'you need to be in it to win it.' That is often used of those who are providing encouraging counsel in finishing what has been started. The Apostle Paul would have agreed with that statement. In fact, in his letter to young pastor Timothy, Paul pens these words of encouragement in 2 Timothy 2:5-7. "And also, is anyone competing in athletics; he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things." Paul had compared ministry to that of being a teacher and a soldier previo

First Things @ First

Pastoral Perspectives, The Apostle Paul in writing to the church at Colosse, reminded anyone reading this letter that Christ is superior in all things. Therefore, if Jesus is Lord and Savior then everything must be aligned accurately in their positioning from that center. Paul wrote--"And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence." Colossians 1:17-18 How accurate is your view of Jesus? I believe the question relevant because the 'westernized' culture increasingly addresses the God of heaven and earth as, 'the man upstairs', or 'our coa

First Things @ First

Pastoral Perspectives, I ran across a story the other day that told of two men standing beside a road holding a sign that read, 'Turn around before it's too late!' One driver went by in a truck, assumed they were gospel preachers, and yelled profanities at them. In a moment the men heard screeching brakes and a loud crash. One of the men turned to the other and asked, 'do you think we should change the sign to just say that the old bridge is out?' That story sums up what sin did to man's relationship to God. Sin took the access to God out and all who travel the road of life need to know that. The good news is, God has provided a new bridge to span the chasm that sin caused. Scripture tell

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