- Welcome to Hope Chapel on Faithlife. We are working on making sure that we have a way for us to communicate, learn, and interact throughout the week. We want to especially make prayer a major role for us in this avenue. Have a great week.
- ReadWelcome to Hope TalkOctober 22nd, 2021
It is easy to condemn what we do not struggle with which we do not have issues. I often find myself judging another of faults that I do not fight against or are tempted with personally. We condemn others for the lack of doctrinal imperfections and yet are individuals who love the Lord Jesus and seek to worship Him with a pure and righteous soul. All the while we have doctrinal clarity and struggle to love Jesus with all our hearts and souls because we are taken up with the world and its pleasures. This is called blame shifting and it started in the Garden with Adam and Eve and has continued poignantly up to the present time. Are we willing to be gracious with others? Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Lk.6:37) Wow, those are some major statements by Jesus. He is speaking about character, humility, and honesty. The believer knows his own sin and will have patience and grace with others struggling with their sin. Yes, we do need to love others enough to speak truth in love to them (Eph.4:16) but we do so with humility and grace, not anger and bitterness. We must love enough to speak truth, waiting on God to prepare the heart and resonate with the Holy Spirit in their regenerated soul. Do not shy away from confronting for the good of another in love but it must be saturated with prayer, grace, and humility. This is the way of Christ.
- Jesus Prays for His Disciples pt.1Jesus begins to pray for His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane and the first statement He says to His Father is that He manifested God's Name to them. This is a huge and profound word on His mentoring or discipleship. He revealed the Father to the disciples and that made all the difference.sermons.faithlife.com
- ReadWelcome to Hope TalkOctober 15th, 2021
Forgiveness. A wonderful word. A profound truth. A delightful grace. An eternal reality. Without it there is nothing for our good. With it we have all of God’s goodness. It cost. Payment was necessary. Only One could accomplish it… God Himself. Our sin must be atoned for and by One without sin and willing to take our penalty and suffer eternal condemnation for everlasting joy and peace to be applied to our sinful and sick grievances before a pure and holy God. Forgiveness is necessary because God is Just and demands for sin to be punished. What is so amazing is that He paid for our sin Himself for there was no other way or possibility. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Who sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Ps.32:1,2) This was my father’s favorite verses. I had them written out in delightful calligraphy as a Father’s Day gift. He kept it in his room till he died and then had it brought back to me. I will probably give it to my children. Delight in the truth and treasure of Forgiveness. Celebrate it.
- Jesus Prays pt.5Beginning with Jesus' Prayer we learn much about the Trinity and communication. What were the things on Jesus' mind as he approached the crucifixion, burial, resurrection? Jesus talked to His Father about His glory, HIs Authority, Eternal Life, the Work He was finishing and the Unity He had and will have with His Father. John17:5sermons.faithlife.com
- ReadWelcome to Hope TalkOctober 8th, 2021
So I would like to thank the Lord for my wife. Maria and I will have been married 34 years this Sunday (10/10/87) and I am thankful for all of it. Now I am not an easy guy to live with so the level of joy in our marriage I place as the result of her gifts, abilities, and patience. You may not know these things but Maria had said that she was not going to marry a pastor. Her grandfather was a pastor, her dad was a pastor, and her brother was a pastor – and she was done with the ministry - funny how God works things according to His will and way. I was a Youth Pastor when we married and then God moved us to Pastor in HI. I have the great distinction that as a Pastor, all previous 3 churches have delighted in Maria so much as the wife of the Pastor one individual stated, “Pastor you can move and go to another church but Maria has to stay.” That is the truth. Honestly, Maria has blessed the ministries God has called us to with wisdom, stability, patience, and joy. I have never had to live in the desert. Better to dwell in the wilderness Than with a contentious and angry woman (Pr.21:19) Nor in the attic, Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. (Pr.21:9) Nor has it rained very much in our home, The contentions of a wife are a continual dripping (irritation) (Pr.19:13). I am thankful for my wife and the blessing she has been to all who know her. BTW, I told her that I would be using these verses in the Bulletin and she gave me “the look”. Please do not be offended about me writing about my wife in a church bulletin – once every ten years is ok. Her husband also, and he praises her… But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. (Pr. 31:28,30)
Wow! Wednesday Classes were great but so was the dinner before the classes with everyone who came to eat together enjoying fellowship. Thanks for coming. We had over 120 people come last Wednesday and many told me that they were looking forward to more of the classes and fellowship. Thanks be to God for allowing us to use PGBC facilities for this.
Also, if any man is free and willing to help prepare Ron's home for Fall Fest this Saturday from 9-12, please let me know. Thanks. We need some muscle.
- ReadWelcome to Hope TalkOctober 1st, 2021
There are many things happening. Lots to tell you and lots for you to get involved with in the near future. Before we go there, let’s consider a few things.
Does God’s Church always run smoothly or in perfect condition? If we go to the books in the NT, we would find the simply is… IT NEVER HAS – even in the beginning. Check out the book of Acts and find constant and continual problems: persecution from the religious leaders, fake believers, and false teachers; the scamming of the church by a husband and wife; the bias of the Jews; arresting of church leaders and even the killing of them; new officers; fake believers; accepting new types of Christians, Gentiles; division of the Circumcision party and the Conversion Party and the Confused Party; Church Council disagreements; division between missionaries etc. The Church has always dealt with problems, changes, new ways, new people, and old theology. Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing. (Acts 15:36) – even that caused a division between Paul and Barnabas. So how do we handle this in the church? We love God and one another. Its simple and straight-forward. Love! Not hard to understand but to do. This is our mark of the believer, loving one another (Jn.13:35) No one knows what is in the future but one thing we do know, loving God and one another is our duty so that will be there. Simple. Let’s do it.
Now you have read and heard about the signing up for the classes on Wednesday. Please do so for yourself and for your family. Don’t sit out. Every class will be beneficial and a blessing. Don’t forget to come to the supper as that will be a grand time of fellowship. We are trying to make plans according to your sign-ups so please help us but doing so today.
Just a quick reminder of prayer on Saturday at 8:30am at the church for our monthly morning for all those willing and able as we will be praying for the sale of the property and the blessing of the classes beginning next week on Wednesday. Thanks.