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Pastor’s Thoughts

editorial1Pastor Rex provides thought provoking comments for the viewer to ponder.

3 thoughts on “Pastor’s Thoughts

  1. A funny thing happened after church Sunday…… The message was on “God’s Favor”, looking at scriptures that remind us how the Lord sees His people. Psalm 8:5, John 17:22, John 12:26, and more. We closed with an exhortation to ‘call those things that are not as though they are’ (Romans 4:17) and blessed one another with the Aaronic Blessing in Numbers 6:24-27.
    After a brief Team meeting, we took two granddaughters out for lunch. As we stood in line before a glass case, directing the server of our choices, I felt led to ask for the manager. He happened to be standing nearby, and I told him that whenever I wanted this type of food, I always came to this location. The service seemed better, the portions bigger, and I appreciated the way it was run. He smiled and thanked me. As our family approached the girl at the cash register, he told her no charge, the meal was on him.
    Thank You, God! What a nice surprise, and what a confirmation of favor for Your people. Pour it on, Lord, to all those who heard and received the message of Your favor. May it be more fully activated in their lives as they walk in faith, trusting You.

  2. What did you do on Memorial Day? It’s a great day for the first summer picnic, but best celebrated with parades and services that recognize those who served in our US military and paid the ultimate price with their lives. A US flag is placed at each of their graves on this day.
    Similarly, when a Veteran dies, there is a ceremony of the folding of the flag at the grave site to give to a family member, concluding with a twenty-one gun salute and the playing of “Taps”. There is a meaning for each of the 12 folds of the flag, according to the American Legion website, that you may find interesting.
    1st fold is a symbol of life.
    2nd fold stands for our belief in eternal life.
    3rd fold is made in honor of the veteran who gave a portion of their life to defend our country and attain peace.
    4th fold represents our weaker nature and need to trust in God, turning to Him in times of peace and war for divine guidance.
    5th fold is a tribute to our country.
    6th fold stands for what is in our hearts, pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
    7th fold is a tribute to our armed forces, protecting our country against all enemies, within or without.
    8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother.
    9th fold honors womanhood, for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
    10th fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country.
    11th fold, in the eyes of Hebrew citizens, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
    12th fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
    Completely folded in a triangle, the stars are uppermost, a reminder of our motto “In God We Trust.”

    The flag is a strong symbol of the principles upon which our nation was founded. With our free speech, however, it can be trampled, burned, or desecrated in other unimaginable ways. As we thank God for our country, let’s do our part by praying, voting, flying the flag, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and standing proudly for the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

  3. Jeanne says:

    PER PASTOR REX. . . .
    If someone asked you to explain or give your perspective on “justification by faith,” what would be your answer?
    Generally, justification is simply being made or having been made just or righteous, in good standing, being right, or at least blameless; either we are in process or we have been made right with God. Man by nature is not righteous but sinful. So his relationship with God is not right but wrong and there is no way in which he can make himself right. This can only be found in the grace and mercy of God where he finds pardon for his sin and acceptance with God.
    This can only be done by faith. What did the scripture mean and how is it accomplished when in Hebrews 10:38a, it says “But the just shall live by faith….”?
    What think you?

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