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    Pastor David's Blog


    2010 December 23

    Dear Friends and Family,

    Once again the Christmas season is full upon us. I do hope and pray that you are experiencing abundant joy in your lives as you prepare for this glorious celebration. The other night at Bible study, we talked about the importance of remembering significant events in our life of faith as well as the importance of celebrating those events. Pentecost (the birth of the Church), Easter, and the birth of our Savior stand as the top high holy days of our faith and certainly are worth every bit of our celebration and remembrance. Remembrances and celebrations keep these important events front and center in our lives and remind us of God’s unyielding faithfulness. Surrounded by the secular trappings of the season, it is easy for us to fall into step with our culture and miss, not only the significance of the birth of our Savior, but also the opportunity to share with others the hope we have being found in Christ Jesus. The angels still proclaim the One born in Bethlehem and wise men (and women) still seek Him. As we seek together throughout this Christmas season, may the joy of the Lord continually bind our hearts together in Christ Jesus, our Lord.


    Merry Christmas,
    Pastor David


    2010 June 18

    "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" 
    Romans 10:14

    They've been classified alongside the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot and flying cars—things that people talk about, but never actually see. Of course, I am referring to links to Sunday sermon audio files on the church website. Well, your patience is being rewarded. You may subscribe to the sermon podcasts—called Island ReCast—at iTunes. You also may download .MP3 files directly from the church website.



    Choose between two options:
    Subscribe To Island ReCast»
    Play / Download Audio Files From Our Website»


    Ever since I stopped preaching from a manuscript, people have been asking when the sermon recordings were going to be available online. We anticipated that it would happen sooner than it has, but things rarely happen according to plan. Again, thank you for your patience!


    Here at Graham Memorial, many people come through our doors for a few years (mostly thanks to the US Navy) and then move on to all points on the compass. Long ago, we realized that we played a significant role as a “sending church,” whereby we would train and prepare individuals and families to carry on the work of the Lord in other locations. With the advancement of the Internet, we can now continue our outreach through the spoken word. Members and former members will be able to subscribe to an RSS feed of the sermons and automatically receive podcasts as soon as we publish them.


    I am grateful for the dilligent work of Colleen Carr and Sean Hart, who have teamed to name, brand, edit, and publish our recorded sermons in two formats to allow almost anyone with a computer and internet connecton or a digital playing device to download and listen to the sermons.


    While the audio portion of the sermon is now accessible, it will take a while longer for the video recordings to be available. I would tell you that they'll be coming to a website near you soon, but I am afraid I’d start hearing rumors of Big Foot sightings before long.


    God bless you all,
    Pastor David


    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


    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


    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