Pastor's picks

Desiring God (book by John Piper)

“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).  What a beautiful promise… but what does it mean to “delight yourself in the LORD?”

Desiring God will help teach you how to become a “Christian Hedonist”, and then present how we are to glorify God by enjoying Him in 8 different ways – worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions and suffering. 

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”  I trust that as you journey through this book you will be incredibly challenged and blessed.  This book is currently not in the church library, however, I would be happy to lend you my copy if you’d like to read it.

Pastor Jason

 


Fly Wheel (the movie)

I had no idea you could connect the brake pedal to the car horn!  Apparently so and it's pretty funny.  Actually there are a couple of guys in this movie who are really funny.  And what's a 'flywheel'?  Good question.  Something you need to ask a guy who's into cars.  If you like cars, or having a good laugh, you should really check out this movie. 

It is the first movie produced by the makers of "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof", and along with the humor, the film asks really good questions.

What would change in your life and career if you truly gave it up to the Lord?  How much would you give up, and at what point would you question God's motives and go back to following your own ways.  The movie Flywheel is about a used-car salesman who realizes he needs to make changes in his life, and in his business because his way is not succeeding.  God's ways are not always our ways but they are the best ways.

This is a movie you and your kids can watch.  I enjoyed it and I believe you will too.

Let Kimberley and me know what you think.

Blessings... Pastor G.


Freedom of Simplicity

Are you tired of the craziness of life? Are there days when you would like to stop the merry-go-round, and get off? Well, you and I are definitely candidates for a good dose of simplicity.

Richard Foster is a well-accomplished author, and he has done it again with this excellent book, Freedom of Simplicity. It is very easy to read, as he guides us through defining what a life of simplicity is and is not.  He then provides a lot of practicial examples and suggestions on how to stem the tide and implement simplicity in your life and mine.  Simplicity does not mean simple.  In fact it is pretty complicated.  Difficult to be sure.  Especially in today's age of "thingification" as Foster calls it.

I highly recommend setting aside the few hours it will take you to read through this book, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.  But even more, I would be delighted to hear how you are working towards simplicity.

Blessings... Pastor G.


The Birth

Written by Gene Edwards

Here is a good read for the Christmas season…from the ‘heavenly’ perspective…

In the glorious heavenly realm, the angels strain eagerly to understand. What new thing is God doing as Gabriel slips through the Door and fights his way to earth? In the lower realm, angelic visitations are not an every day affair–not even for Mary and Joseph!

Dare to open The Birth and you will find yourself drawn into a drama as Gene Edwards weaves anew the wonderful story of the incarnation, the Christmas story, seen from both realms. Hard to put down, a compelling narrative, The Birth especially introduces the mystery of the Christian life for those who have never heard the story.

Pastor Rick.