Pastor Hal

Filter By:

Broken Crayons Still Color

I recently saw this saying on the web, "Broken Crayons Still Color..." As I contemplated the saying I thought about how many imperfect people God has used to further his plans; Moses the murderer, Gideon the scaredy-cat, David the adulterer, Peter the bragger, James and John the temper tantrums, Paul the persecuter...................and me..........and you.

In I Timothy 1:16 Paul writes, "Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life." I think that verse tells us that Paul was always conscious of the fact that God used him in spite of his history. There were events and episodes that he could not go back and fix. Yet God could use a broken crayon to color.

One of the great lies that the enemy speaks to us is that our history determines our destiny. I use the word destiny cautiously because it is so overused in some Christian circles. But today may all of us be encouraged to know that God colors with broken crayons and he can do so because he is a master artist.

Dr. Hal Irvine, Senior Pastor

Words of Praise

This week I've been challenged about the use of the tongue or, put another way, the use of words. We live in a world of words and words have meaning. As a boy growing up I lived in a world of conversations, phone calls, and the US Mail. Today there are conversations, cell phones, answering machines, voice mail, text, twitter, facebook, and probably others. Our culture is immersed in communication and words.

In Ps 141:3 David writes, "Set a guard O LORD, over my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips." James 3 gives us a strong admonition to watch our words. With the increased opportunities for communication provided us by technology we are faced with the increased need to be diligent in our use of words. Both of the passages I referenced above call us to ask for divine help in watching our words. They also call us to be consistent in our words, not praising God and then cursing men. They also tell us that controlling our tongue is a matter that needs to be regularly surrendered to our Lord.

One of my professors in seminary said a good rule of thumb is the following: You need to give 10 "Good job" comments for every 1 "You jerk" comments.............I try to go by that rule. The power of encouragement is incredibly powerful. Further, other people, both believers and unbelievers, make judgments about the veracity of our faith based upon what they hear from us. So I'm reminded again about the power of words and how important they are in our Lord's kingdom.

Please hear these words today from my heart to yours: May you know the presence and peace of Jesus Christ in a fresh way and may our Lord be please to use us and our words to further His work in our community, our congregation, and our individual relationships.

Dr. Hal Irvine, Senior Pastor

12...6789101112131415 ... 2223