Pastor’s Blog

Daily Devotional March 16, 2023

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” (Isaiah 58:6, NIV).

     Ksenia Ovchinnikova has sued McDonald’s over an advertisement featuring cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets. The Orthodox Christian claims the advert caused her to break her fast during Lent. Despite successfully fasting for the previous sixteen years, she was unable to resist the temptation and wound up eating a burger. In a court filing, Ovchinnikova wrote:


Daily Devotional March 15, 2023

“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord” (Romans 8:19, NIV).

     In Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is a moneylender. Shylock demands repayment from Antonio who owes Shylock a substantial sum of money. Shylock takes Antonio to court to exact a “pound of flesh” as repayment. Portia, an accomplished lawyer and friend of Antonio; disguises herself as a man and presides over the hearing as the prosecuting judge.


Daily Devotional March 14, 2023

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18, NIV).

     I marvel as to how two people can view the same event and yet come away with different perspectives. As the adage goes, no two people see the same thing alike. Just ask the tourists who visit Lock Ness.


Daily Devotional March 6, 2023

“We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.” (1 Corinthians 10:24 MSG).
     Jo Cameron cannot feel her skin burning until she smells the singed flesh. She often burns her arms on the oven yet does not experience discomfort. Jo is one of two people in the world who are known to have a rare genetic mutation that causes insensitivity to pain.


Daily Devotional March 2, 2023

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NLT).

     I once heard the Christian author, Howard Hendricks, say, “A [person] not in an accountable relationship is a moral accident waiting to happen.” Such was the case for the twentieth-century evangelist, William Branham.


Daily Devotional March 1, 2023

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13, NRSV).

     In her Gold Star Award Winning book, Big Boys Don’t Cry, Malorie Blackman describes the following dialogue:

            “Don’t you know that boys don’t cry?” Adam grinned. “Shall I tell you something I’ve only recently discovered,” I            replied, not attempting to hide the tears rolling down my face and not the least bit ashamed of them. “Boys                   don’t cry, but real men do.”