Pastor's Pen

Doctrines of Demons

Posted onApril 16, 2018 | by: Dan Peters | 0 comments

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3) ...Keep Reading

“The Resurrection of Jesus Changes Everything”

Posted onApril 1, 2018 | by: Dan Peters | 0 comments

In a 2016 “Ask Pastor John” podcast episode with Desiring God Ministries, Dr. Matthew S. Harmon, professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College & Theological Seminary, made the astounding claim that the resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything. He supported that claim with 10 statements, with further comments to support those statements, and with scripture references. This pastor’s pen will share the ten statements, Dr. Harmon’s further comments supporting the first statement and all the scripture references so you can do some further digging on your own....Keep Reading

“STONES CRY OUT?”

Posted onMarch 27, 2018 | by: Dan Peters | 0 comments

I love the Rocky Mountains. I love rocks. Our home in Pennsylvania was in Boulder Valley. Stones the size of cars provided the backdrop for the flower gardens my wife planted and tended. I grew up for a time in Maryland where a large long rock was a fort, a pirate ship or anything we imagined it to be. In Luke 19:40 Jesus said that “if these should keep silent, the stones would imme-diately cry out.” On that first Palm Sunday the children were praising the Lord and He loved it. In Habbakuk 2:11 it says that “the stone will cry out from the wall”. We say, “if these walls could talk”. Do stones talk? What do they say?...Keep Reading

Praying for Our Missionaries

Posted onMarch 11, 2018 | 0 comments

When you read the letters in the Bible that were written by the Apostle Paul you discover that he was a man who was convinced of the importance of prayer. He prayed for people on a regular basis and told them what he was asking God to do in their lives. He also wanted people to pray for him. This is encouraging. Paul, the great apostle and missionary, did not consider himself above the need of having others pray for him. And Paul was specific about what he wanted people to pray. Paul’s prayer requests can give us some guidance as to how to pray for the missionaries that we support at Wake Chapel Church. Listen to some of Paul’s prayer requests:...Keep Reading

OUR “JERUSALEM”

Posted onMarch 4, 2018 | 0 comments

“And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.” (Jeremiah 29:7) The people of Israel had been carried away into exile in Babylon. They were in a foreign country which was the center of idolatry and worldly lifestyles. How should they live in a culture that was so alien to their own? Could they live for God in a pagan city?...Keep Reading

More Precious than Gold

Posted onFebruary 25, 2018 | 0 comments

"Even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." - 1 Peter 1:6-7...Keep Reading

Living and Loving in the Body

Posted onFebruary 14, 2018 | 0 comments

One of the helpful word pictures of the church in the Bible is that of a body. The church is referred to as the body of Christ. Christ is the head and the body is made up of many members. The many members within the body of Christ have been gifted by God for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and bringing glory to God (see Ephesians 4, I Co-rinthians 12-14, Romans 12:4-8, and I Peter 4:10-11). The body of Christ grows and builds itself up in love when each part of the body is working properly (Ephesians 4:16)....Keep Reading

How and Why to Keep Your Commitment

Posted onFebruary 4, 2018 | 0 comments

Committing to something always seems easier before you begin. Reading the Bible every day, doing the "Whole 30" diet, giving up soda, determining not to yell at your children, consistent church participation, or exercising for just 15 minutes a day all sound doable, right? Sadly, most of us don't keep such commitments for more than a few days. Why do we give up so quickly?...Keep Reading