PASTOR’S CORNER

In Your Anger, Do Not Sin

Psalm 4 begins with these words, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer. 2 How long, O you sons of men, Will you turn my glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness And seek falsehood? 3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will …

About the Holy Spirit

It is quite right that you should feel that “something terrific” has happened to you (It has) and be “all glowy.” Accept these sensations with thankfulness as birthday cards from God, but remember that they are only greetings, not the real gift. I mean, it is not the sensations that are the real thing. The real thing is the gift …

On Forgiveness

As I read over the devotional below by C.S. Lewis “On Forgiveness,” I remembered David’s plea to the LORD in Psalm 51:1, 2 (English Standard Version) “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” May God give us such a …

Followers of the Way

Sometimes we react negatively to labels which are attached to people or groups of people.  There are limitations and disadvantages to labels especially when they are inaccurately applied.  But accurate labels clarify the beliefs and practices of a group of people.  In the book of Acts, there are a couple of instances where Christian believers are called “followers of the …

God’s Grace is Sufficient

   Psalm 4:1,4,5,8 says this in the English Standard Version, “Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! 4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. 5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. 8 In peace …

Paul’s Proof of the Resurrection

Acts 17:1-3 (ESV) says this, “Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This …

Jesus Reveals His Glory

During the season of Epiphany, which begins on January 6th and generally runs until the beginning of Lent, the readings from Scripture are focused on the theme of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ being revealed.  In John 2:1-11,  we have the record of Christ miraculously changing water into wine at a marriage celebration in Cana.  Jesus came to this wedding …

Advent

What do you within the confines of your house during the season of Advent as part of your preparations for Christmas?  I specifically narrowed the scope of this question within the confines of your house or apartment so as to not include other tasks during the holiday such as Christmas shopping, sending Christmas cards, etc.  From year to year, Sarah …

God’s Creation

I love the different seasons. My favorite season of them all is autumn. I love to see the colors of the leaves in October, and I appreciate the temperature moderating from warmer to cooler temperatures. Creation itself is a reminder that we did not bring it into being, but God did. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the …

Psalm 123:2

Psalm 123:2 in the English Standard Version says: “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us. “ As I think on this verse, it teaches us our utter dependence on …

Pastor Cedric Benner

Pastor Benner has a BA in Bible from Bryan College in Dayton and a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

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