From the Pastors Desk
Jan10FriJanuary 10, 2020 Pastor Byron
This past week Word of Life Camp and Bible Institute suffered a fire in one of their buildings that serve as staff housing and a dormitory. Gratefully, there was no loss of life. The local fire department was on the scene quickly and handled the situation with great skill. There was, however, fire and water damage to the building.
Jan3FriJanuary 3, 2020 Pastor Byron Hand
A number of years ago a friend gave me a copy of a book entitled “Love Jesus, Hate Church: How to Survive in Church or Die Trying” by Steve McCranie. The book examines honestly some of the things that most trouble us about the church. Another book that came out, around the same time, was titled “They Like Jesus but Not the...
December 27, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand
2020 Bible Reading
Every Christian I know would acknowledge how important regular bible reading is to the Christian life. But, in reality, most of us struggle to put that fact into practice. There are numerous reasons we don’t read our bible’s, some are valid and some are just excuses. We want to help you with one of the major...
December 20, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand
The Christmas season wouldn’t be complete without reading Luke 2:8-11
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them,...
Dec13FriDecember 13, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand
Did you know that even non-Christian people sing Christian Theology at Christmas-time. So many of the songs that people love to sing are chocked full of theological truth.
Take the very familiar “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” It is loaded with robust doctrinal truth from the Bible. But I am certain, many have no idea what they...
Nov29FriNovember 29, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand
Last week we looked at the Opposition of Offense (one of the ways Satan opposes the church). This week we are going to conclude this brief study.
Lat week I concluded with Luke 17:1-4 – Notice the bolded words:
He said to his disciples, “ Offenses will certainly come , but woe to the one through whom they come! 2 It...
Nov22FriNovember 22, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand
We have looked at how Satan opposes God’s church through keeping us focused on the past, through criticism, and through the diffusion of responsibility. The Diffusion of responsibility defined is “ when a task is placed before a group of people, there's a strong tendency for each individual to assume someone else will take ...
Nov15FriNovember 15, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand
I realize that the title is a mouth-full. Let me explain: The Diffusion of responsibility defined is “when a task is placed before a group of people, there's a strong tendency for each individual to assume someone else will take responsibility for it—so no one does.”
Nov8FriNovember 8, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand
Last week we looked at one way that Satan subtly opposes us: he causes us to look backwards instead of looking forward. Our enemy is so subtle! He takes the healthy practice of reminiscing, and turns it into our main occupation (even an obsession). There is a subtle danger in nostalgia! It keeps us focused on the glory days, and not the days...
Nov1FriNovember 1, 2019 Pastor Byron Hand
Charles Haddon Spurgeon once wrote that “the best evidence of God’s presence is the devil’s growl.” In other words, the best evidence that God is at work (or about to work in great ways) is the manifestation of satanic opposition and attack. By satanic opposition I am not talking exorcist stuff, Satan is more subtle than...