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    Pastor David's Blog

    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2010 May 20

    "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!" It is easy for me to resonate with the Apostle Paul as he wrote these words to the Philippians. Paul had learned the secret of being content in all situations and he could always see the hand of God at work in his life. While I am not at the level of Paul with regard to my being content in all situations, I do believe God is teaching me more and more each day.

     

    I rejoice this day at being able to finally write to you all that I have completed my doctoral program and that I have celebrated with commencement, walked to receive my diploma and knelt while Dr. Haddon Robinson placed the doctoral hood on me. It was a joyful moment I was able to share with Jody, but a moment that was truly made possible by the grace and faithful support of the good people of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church.

     

    You were the ones who had to endure the beginnings of my transitioning from written manuscript to preaching without notes. You were the ones who participated in the surveys and allowed me the freedom to pursue my thesis topic of using first-person narrative preaching to address biblical literacy in the context of worship. You supported me, prayed for me, and encouraged me. I will be forever grateful for the kindness extended over the years.

     

    During the past few years, my focus has been on cultivating an environment in which every member of Graham Memorial is given an opportunity to grow and cultivate a deeper faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. I have tried to stay clear of politics (national or denominational) in an effort to focus on all God is doing here at the church. As I survey the activities that take place on our campus on a weekly basis, I am thrilled with what I see. However, it has come to my attention that there are some who think this focus is a cover for a deeper plan that moves Graham away from our Presbyterian/Reformed roots. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are no plans, no secret meetings and no efforts to take this church anywhere beyond a deeper commitment to Jesus Christ.

     

    To be sure, we have made some changes at Graham, some more popular than others, but those changes had one goal —to make Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church more friendly, more inviting and more appealing to the community we are trying to reach with the gospel. My commitment to Reformed theology and Presbyterian polity (the way we conduct ourselves) remains strong. With hard decisions comes some heartache. In reviewing past decisions, it is clear that implementation could have been smoother. I regret that some have been hurt.

     

    I love this church, and I love Jesus Christ, my Lord. My hope and desire is to serve you both to the best of my ability. When I first came here, I told you that a day would come when I would invariably "step on your toes." I asked then, when (not if) that happened, to remember that we are all sinners saved by grace. My hope and prayer is that we continue to cultivate a spirit of unity that sees one another’s strengths as complements to our own weaknesses, so that together we can help each other move down the road of Christian growth. If we can keep our eyes on Jesus Christ, I have no doubt that we can be victorious.

     

    In that victory, we will be able to join the Apostle Paul as he proclaims, "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!." Philippians 4:4


    For the Kingdom,
    Pastor David

    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2010 February 01

    "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."  Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)


    A few Sundays ago, I told you that I needed your help. It seemed as though Graham Memorial was developing a reputation for being unfriendly. Now, I assure you that I think we are the friendliest group of people you would want to meet. However, there are reports circulating contrary information. Well, this will never do for the House of God on any corner, so I pulled out the stops and encouraged each of you to reach out to those you do not recognize and extend the hand of Christian fellowship to them.

     

    I was amazed at the response of many of you, who sought out those unknown to you and greeted them in the name of the Lord. No one should ever feel unwelcome in the Church. After all, God created His Church to be a place of reconciliation, forgiveness, and grace. As we practice those attributes with one another, the Lord is lifted up and glorified.

     

    In addition, the writer of Hebrews tells us that some people have actually entertained angels through acts of hospitality. Can you imagine how badly you would feel if you found out that you had missed an opportunity to rub elbows with an angel? What about saints? What would you do if you found out that you missed an opportunity to greet a saint on Sunday? Well, as those who attend Tuesday Bible study know, everyone who has placed faith in Jesus Christ is a saint . . . one set apart for the glory of God.

     

    I already have given you a couple of challenges this year. The first was to read the Gospel according to John; the second was to read Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. When you finish them, read them again, and again, and again, until the end of the year!

     

    I want to give you another challenge. Meet and greet someone new every Sunday. That’s right, every Sunday, I want you to extend the hand of Christian fellowship to someone you do not know. Introduce yourself. Find out about someone new. Find out about a family. Invite them to lunch. Take time to get to know the other saints in the church. You never know when you might meet an angel. To be sure, you will meet some saints along the way.

     

    Let’s make it our goal to make Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church the friendliest church in town. We can do this, and we can do it to the glory of God, now and forever more!

     

    Grace and peace,
    Pastor David

    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2009 December 01

    "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David's throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:6-7 (NIV)


    I love this time of year! As the preparations to celebrate the advent of our Lord continue, I am filled with hope, love, joy and peace. Those are the four themes of the advent season and they serve to remind me of God’s faithfulness throughout the year.

     

    This past year has been a roller coaster of a year. Next year promises little relief as we watch the economy rise and fall with unpredictability. The global challenges do little to alleviate our fears and concerns for the future. But, amidst all the trouble and turmoil, one thing remains consistent: God’s love for you and me.

     

    I love to think about the celebrations of Advent down through the years; but more than that, I love to contemplate the significance of the birth of the Christ child, the hope it brought to so many who longed for the appearing of the Messiah to deliver God’s people from bondage. While they might have been thinking about political bondage and Roman oppression, God knew that unless a person was freed from the bondage and slavery of sin, no amount of political freedom would ever satisfy the soul.

     

    Christ broke into history that we might know God’s love on a new, personal level. Christ broke into history that grace, mercy and compassion might be a part of our everyday existence. Christ broke into history that we might know eternal life and it all began with a mere babe, a helpless infant, born at just the right time so as to have the maximum benefit and effect upon human history. This is the reason for the season.

     

    As you busy yourselves preparing for the advent of the birth of our Savior, be sure to pause along the way and thank God for all He has done. Be sure to thank God for the promises fulfilled in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Be sure to thank Him for the promises we cling to, for the future he holds for us and the hope that sustains us day by day. This Christmas season let us rejoice together in the knowledge that the one whose birth we celebrate still holds the hope for all of mankind. Praise His name above all names and sing with the angels, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all."

     

    God bless and happy Christmas,
    Pastor David

    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2009 October 01

    "Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs."  Psalm 100:1–2 (NIV)


    The more things change, the more they stay the same. I don’t know who said that first, but there is a certain amount of truth connected to it. We go through life, hoping that some things will change, but usually they don’t. The things we don’t want to change usually do. I guess it keeps us on our toes, and it keeps us from getting too complacent.

     

    Ministry, like life, is full of unexpected changes. As we enter the final quarter of the year, I have some news to share with the congregation. Recently, Vikki Gallien, our Director of Music Ministries, informed me of her intent to retire before the year’s end. As you know, I think our choir is second to none and we have been blessed by those who have dedicated their Thursday nights in preparation for Sunday worship under the leadership of Vikki.

     

    Some of you have already begun asking what we will do. I will tell you. We will move forward celebrating the time Vikki spent directing our choir while we wait upon the Lord to direct us to the person who will carry the music program forward.

     

    When I first arrived at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Lyn Snyder was the resident minstrel. When she announced her retirement, we all grieved and wondered who could ever take her place. The answer was that no one could. We didn’t try. We waited upon the Lord, and He brought Maurice to us. After a brief sojourn with us, Maurice departed to further his education, and Vikki stepped up to the plate and continued on in the faithful tradition of her predecessors. We are not likely to find another Vikki Gallien, nor should we try. We should wait patiently for the Lord to bring us the next person, whom we will embrace into our family and watch him or her work with the choir to continue bringing outstanding music to our worship services.

     

    As you all know, we now have three worship services, with three different approaches to music. The challenge that faces us is finding someone who can lead and give direction to all three worship services. To that end, the Session has voted to expand the position from 20 hours to 30 hours a week, in hopes that the Lord will bring someone to our church with a love of traditional choral music as well as an appreciation for the 10:30am blended service music and the 5:00pm contemporary praise service music.

     

    We already are putting together a group of people from Session and the Chancel Choir to define the position so we can start looking for the person God has in mind for this special ministry. Your prayers are particularly appreciated during this time, not only for the process of discovering who the new director will be, but also for Vikki and her husband, Rick, as they finish their time here and prepare to relocate to Lake Tahoe, where family eagerly awaits their return.

     

    In the meanwhile, please let Vikki know how much we have appreciated her leadership of the Chancel Choir and Hand Bell Players these past five years.

     

    Blessings to all,
    Pastor David

    Tuesday
    Aug142012

    2009 June 01

    "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
    Listen To A Reading Of This Scripture»

     

    This past week, I was asked to participate in an informal online survey that asked the question, “What do you think is the greatest need in the church today?” These were the response options:

     

    1  Life Skills Management 
    2  Doctrine / Theology / Bible Training
    3  Spiritual Growth 
    4  Ministry Development / Spiritual Leadership Training 
    5  Church Health and Multiplication


    After some thought, I selected the second option—doctrine, theology, and Bible training. While I could argue for the benefits of any one of the other three options offered, it seems to me that, without a solid biblical foundation, without a basic understanding of why we believe what we believe, an important piece would be missing from the other options. Grounding ourselves in the Word of God will provide us with the tools for accomplishing the other goals, but without that knowledge, our hearts and our wills too easily can lead us astray.

     

    On May 27, I had the opportunity to participate in our Awana Awards Night. I wish all of you could have been there. The sanctuary was filled with children who were excited about “hiding God’s Word in their hearts.” Over the past year, these kids have memorized scores of biblical passages, studying these verses in context and learning applications for these verses in their daily lives.

     

    The letters in the word Awana stand for Approved Workers Are Not Ashamed, taken from II Timothy 2:15, which admonishes all believers to show themselves as approved workers who correctly handle the Word of God.

     

    The older we are, the harder it is for us to pack things into our long-term memory, which is why this program is so important for the future. As these kids grow and continue to learn and memorize God’s Word, they will have the foundation for cultivating good life skills. They will have developed patterns for continued spiritual growth. Statistics show that children who grow up with Awana are more likely to be involved in ministry, both professionally and as volunteers. These are the future church leaders who will help create healthy churches that are growing.

     

    It has been said that we cannot give to others what we do not possess ourselves. Therefore, I’d like to challenge all of you to memorize some Scripture. Starting with this issue, at the end of each of my Kirk Visitor articles, I will include two verses for you to memorize. You will have the entire month to do so, which should be no trouble, if you merely write down the verses and repeat them out loud once a day. If you take my challenge, I invite you to recite your verses to me some time during the month, to let me know that you are working to show yourselves to be Approved Workers (who) Are Not Ashamed, correctly handling the Word of Truth. Below are the first two verses.

     

    Jun 1–14 I Peter 3:15
      But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
       
    Jun 15–30 John 3:16
     

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

     

    Blessings,
    Pastor David