This month's link will highlight an old radio sermon by the late Joe Crews, titled "Bigger Barns".
Joe Crews was a radio and TV preacher of the 60's, 70's and 80's who was a pure Bible teacher. Any spiritual idea, theory or claim had to stand up to serious biblical scrutiny for it to have any validity to him as a biblical truth. And, he challenged all biblical claims and doctrines with a sound, reasonable and deliberated scriptural investigation. We are presenting this link to one of Crews' past audio presentations to give a sampling of his style and focus. We suspect that you may well find Crews to be profitable for biblical understanding and enlightenment, and we hope you will be encouraged to seek out more of the many sermons Crews was so famous for and so ably delivered.
To advance the understanding and knowledge of the Bible to our visitors we will, from time to time, link to other sermons by Joe Crews. All his sermons will focus on biblical concepts and doctrines, some of which are common knowledge, and some of which may appear new, unfamiliar and, perhaps, a bit difficult to understand at times. Yet, we are confident the listener will find his sermons biblical, honest and heartfelt.
To hear the selected Joe Crews sermon, please click below.
We have recently come across some interesting history of the North Salem United Methodist Church. To check out some milestone dates and a list of past and present pastors...
Sunday School for the 2015-2016 session has commenced. Children ages 4 and up are invited downstairs for stories, crafts and games.
Be sure to visit the Sunday School Page to read the latest Sunday School news and to view photos and videos of the Sunday School goings on!
The latest Children's Moment is a video of Pastor Carroll on Oct. 11th teaching the children about David & Goliath. Check it out on the Sunday School Page!
Nov 23, 2015
We enter into the week of Thanksgiving and many will be traveling, may God keep all safe on the highways and may all of us enjoy our time with family and friends, or if by ourselves may we sense the presence of God in special ways. I share here a writing by Reverend Maren Tirrabassi, who shared a reflection on Matthew 6:25-33 the text I preached on yesterday.
Every three years
thanksgiving day scriptures –
are not traditional and easily explained
thanks for abundance,
but thanks for the little enough,
for twitter-length blessings …
inviting us to be hollow-boned
winged and singing creatures
capable of being
completely present in the day.
Jesus did not say
consider the squirrels
with all the acorns
they pile up in their trust funds,
or consider the bears
who kill and eat everything
they can so they sleep fat,
but consider the birds of the air
who fly again and again in wind and storm,
in fear of cat and hawk every day
to feed their hungry children.
Jesus didn’t say –
consider the redwoods that endure,
but look at the fashion statement
of the daylily …
the name itself says it all.
Consider my grandson Leo
just turning five months --
no need for a Christmas present,
because he just got two front teeth
and chews on my fingers,
a pacifier, his own fist.
His mother quilts,
and blankets keep him warm.
He drinks milk, likes to nap,
and plays with small plastic toys.
Consider the baby –
who doesn’t argue or bully
manipulate or buy or go to court –
who looks up for love …
Consider children migrants from Syria
God feeds and clothes them
by prying open our hearts.
Don’t worry about tomorrow.
...but do you know about God's Week, God's seven day/seven thousand year Week? Consider what Peter wrote in his letter: 2 Peter, Chapter 3:3-4,8-9
"...scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, 'Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.' "
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness..."
To read a series of essays on this fundamental and important doctrine of God's biblical 7000 year plan for mankind:
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October 4, 2015
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