Pastor's Pen

Already the middle of July!

Posted onJuly 22, 2016 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

It is hard to believe that we are already in the middle of July. In spite of the vacations that many of our people have looked forward to and are now enjoying, I trust this will be a fruitful time in ministry here at Wake Chapel. I cannot ex- press strongly enough the importance of your prayer support. Let's immerse every effort and every segment of our church life in prayer. Develop a prayer list upon which you place the name of those with specific needs, add to that list the ministries of our fellowship, and faithfully undergird all by your prayer....Keep Reading

What God Requires of Fathers

Posted onJune 21, 2016 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

It is remarkable that God describes Himself as our Heavenly FATHER. This implies He PROVIDES for and LOVES Hi children. That is the responsibility of love as God love God makes available all our needs both spiritual and material. It is wrong for fathers to think that their responsibility end with provision of material needs for their children. An father who neglects to provide for his children spiritually, not only has failed but God declares he is worse than a heathen "If any provide not for his own, and specifically for those his own house, he hath denied the faith, and worse than a infidel" (1 Tim. 5-8). We observe five imperatives for a father to love as God loves. We must love;...Keep Reading

Memorial Day

Posted onJune 2, 2016 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May S, 1868, the head of an organization of former Union soldier and sailors - the Grand Army of the Republic ( GAR) - established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Major General John A. Logan declared it should be May 30. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The cemetery already held the remains of 20,000 Union dead and several hundred Confederate dead....Keep Reading

Next Time it Will be Different!

Posted onJanuary 1, 2016 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

The First Time Jesus Came: He came veiled in the form of a child. A star marked His arrival. Wise men brought Him gifts. There was no room for Him. Only a few attended His arrival. He came as a baby....Keep Reading

What About Christmas Celebrations?

Posted onDecember 21, 2015 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Some of my esteemed colleagues in the ministry have deemed it as "spiritual" to speak out against the observance of Christmas. They are quick to point out that Yule logs, Christmas trees, and many other accouterments of the season are of pagan origin. Technically, they are right. But, actually they are wrong in saying we should not observe the festivities of this glorious season. Remember the old saying, "Every party has its pooper?" In putting down Christmas, these Scripture-spouting- scrooges rip the tares from the wheat so zealously that the wheat is also uprooted. I pray that the holiday heresy hunters will reconsider before they spoil someone else's joy in celebrating the birth of Christ on Christmas....Keep Reading

From Table to Cradle

Posted onDecember 3, 2015 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

How quickly the calendar forces us to move from the Thanksgiving table to a cradle. Candidly, I am saddened with the passing of Thanksgiving Day. There are precious few times and seasons when the giving of thanks is foremost in our minds. Surely family gatherings, food and the seasonal changes surrounding Thanksgiving are both enjoyable and important. But I genuinely believe that in the hearts of many people, especially Christian folks, that around November 26th there are real and significant thoughts that lend to the giving of thanks. That spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving is always accompanied by joy, a positive outlook, a feeling of wholeness and a godlike view of our lives here and hereafter. Thanksgiving,..what a treasured time....Keep Reading

Thankfulness - 2015

Posted onNovember 8, 2015 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

Gratitude is one of life's sweetest characteristics. We need to say "thank you." We need to repeat it frequently. There are precious few people to whom we could not say a well-deserved "thank you." After all, people put up with us, don't they? And to put up with some of us isn't easy, is it? Be honest. Then there are folks who go above and beyond the call of duty to encourage us and to help us in our earthly pilgrimage....Keep Reading

Thinking About November

Posted onNovember 1, 2015 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

I would like for us as a church family to keep in mind our special emphasis for the month of November. Above our order of service we see the words II A Season of Thanksgiving." This is reflected in our music, in our scripture reading, in our praying, and in fact, in every aspect of our worship service and ministry....Keep Reading

Can We Forgive...And Not Forget?

Posted onOctober 25, 2015 | by: Ross Marion | 0 comments

The words "forgive" and "forget" follow each other very closely in the dictionary. Unfortunately, in the routine of daily living, the acts of forgiving and forgetting are seldom, if ever, that close together....Keep Reading