Notes from Pastor Roger
Thursday, July 30, 2020
"Hear my cry, O God;
Attend to my prayer.
From the end of the earth
I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock
that is higher than I."
"My soul longs, yes , even faints
For the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God."
"In the multitude of my anxieties
Your comforts delight my soul."
Please pray for:
Charlee - 5 year old fighting
to keep her eyesight
Heather L. - needing a
living kidney donor
Jeff L. - autoimmune disease
Ron and Jackie B.
Don and Nell N.
Safety as we meet for Sunday Worship
and for me, as pastor, to be led of
the Holy Spirit,
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
"I cared not where or how I lived, or
what hardships I went through,
so that I could but gain souls for Christ."
- David Brainerd
"Lord, give me Scotland, or i die."
- John Knox
"God, the sin of this city is breaking my heart."
- Samuel Hadley, about New York City
"Lord, give me souls or take my soul."
- George Whitefield
"Here let me burn out for God."
- Henry Martyn, on the shores of India
"I feel as if I could not live if something
is not done for China"
- Hudson Taylor
Thursday, July 16, 2020
We live in crazy days!
Monuments being torn down.
Names being changed.
History being re-written.
Good being called evil,
and evil being called good.
Anger, violence, outrage ...
seem to be the way to change
in many minds, rather than coming
together and peacefully working
toward the good change that would
bless all of us.
It is easy for the mob mentality to
spread like a virus.
Good people get caught up and
drawn into doing horrific
acts when emotions take over and
common sense and respect for one another
As a pastor, "Crucify Him, crucify Him!"
(Luke 23:21) comes to mind.
My Mom and Dad always taught us to
think for ourselves, because following the
crowd only leads to regret and shame.
From a pastor's perspective, what is always
behind the scene of what is happening
in our world is either the presence of God
or the presence of the evil one. There is a
spiritual battle waging right now for the
soul of America, and more specifically,
for your heart and my heart!
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord
and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the
Therefore take up the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to withstand in
the evil day, and having done all, to stand."
"Therefore humble yourselves under
the mighty hand of God, that He may
exalt you in due time, casting all your
care upon Him, for He cares for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil walks about like
a roaring lion, seeking whom he may
devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith,
knowing that the same sufferings are
experienced by your brotherhood in
the world. But may the God of all grace,
who called us to His eternal glory by Christ
Jesus, after you have suffered a while,
perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
To Him be the glory and the dominion
forever and ever. Amen"
1 Peter 5:6-11
"But know this, that in the last days
perilous times will come:
For men will be lovers of themselves,
lovers of money, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving,
slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, traitors, headstrong,
haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than
lovers of God,
having a form of godliness but denying
And from such people turn away!"
2 Timothy 3:1-5
So, pastor, what should we do?
The Lord tells us many times in many ways
throughout the Bible how we, as followers of God,
should live and act. Specifically let us learn
through the Apostle Paul's encouragement
"Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue
righteousness, faith, love, peace with those
who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes,
knowing that they generate strife.
And a servant of the Lord must not
quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach,
patient, in humility correcting those who
are in opposition, if God perhaps will
grant them repentance, so that they may
know the truth, and that they may come
to their senses and escape the snare of
the devil, having been taken captive by
him to do his will."
2 Timothy 2:22-26
With this word from the Lord,
may we pray that God may grant us
revival and spiritual awakening in our
lives, in our families, in our communities,
in our churches, and across America!
Without the Lord Jesus Christ,
there is no hope.
With the Lord Jesus Christ,
hope, peace, purpose, and joy abound!!
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
"The greatest need of America is an old-fashioned,
heaven-born, God-sent revival. Throughout the
history of the church, when clouds have hung
lowest, when sin has seemed blackest and faith
has been weakest, there have always been a
faithful few who have not sold out to the devil
nor bowed the knee to Baal, who have feared
the Lord and thought upon His Name and
have not forsaken the assembling of
themselves together. These have besought
the Lord to revive His work in the midst of
the years, and in the midst of the fears and
tears, and in wrath to remember mercy.
God has always answered such
supplication, filling each heart with His love,
rekindling each soul with fire from above."
--- Vance Havner, The Secret of Christian Joy, 1938
"When I was a boy, preachers used to talk
about 'holding a revival.' What we really
need is somebody who will turn
a revival loose."
--- Vance Havner, Pepper 'n Salt, 1966
Monday, July 13, 2020
The measure of the worth of our
public activity for God
is the private profound
we have with Him.
--- Oswald Chambers
Not a great faith we need,
but faith in a great God.
--- James Hudson Taylor (1832 - 1905)
British Missionary to China for 51 years
and founded the China Inland Mission
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Thou art coming to a King
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such
none can ever ask too much.
- John Newton (Amazing Grace)
Monday, July 6, 2020
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true
worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;
for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must
worship Him in spirit and truth."
Yesterday (Sunday, July 5th) was our first official "Worship" service
since March 15, 2020, because of the Covid-19 virus.
We had times of prayer on Wed., June 24, Sun., June 28, and
Wed., July 1, leading up to opening for Worship.
It was great to see several people attend!
Yet, I was troubled all afternoon by something I could not
quite put my finger on. I realize I was bothered some by
the pain of the shingles I was recently diagnosed with on Wednesday.
And I had so much the Lord had placed on my heart to share that I
preached a "little" long. These things I can make adjustments to
and improve on.
But that is really not what troubled me. Since we closed services
because of the virus, we have recorded online services. I have kind of
gotten use to singing and preaching in an empty sanctuary, knowing that
people will be watching it later. And with the recordings on Facebook,
we get some types of feedback. It might be a thumbs-up, a message, or a note
that someone has shared the video. Great!
But in the Worship service yesterday, it did not feel right. With all the masks on
(which I understand are for your safety --- no argument from me on why we wear
the masks) I could sense no involvement by the church family.
I could not tell if you were with me or bored to death.
I miss a John Griffith "Amen" once in a while!
When we record for online services I can at least imagine you singing
along at home and opening your Bible and reading with me.
It really felt like the "Pastor Roger Show," performed for you live and in-person!
That is "not" what true worship is. Worship is "together" exalting and glorifying
our heavenly Father and rejoicing in the Son, Jesus Christ, through the Holy
Spirit. Worship is for an audience of One - God!
I need your help with this.
We need others coming forward to take part.
I need members of our church family who are willing
to sing, play an instrument, share a testimony, give a praise, read a
scripture verse that speaks to you --- to step forward!
We can figure out how to do this safely and still allow you to
come forward and participate. Call me, text me - let
me know not only that you are willing to take part, but that you want to be
involved. Say "Sign me up, Pastor, because Christ means so much to me
and I need to be a part of worship, too!"
I will also welcome those outside our church family who love
the Lord Jesus and would enjoy the opportunity to worship with us.
My request is that you:
1. Contact me inadvance (don't just show up on Sunday expecting to take part)
2. Let me know what you want to do, so we can fit it into the service
3. Prepare yourself by prayer and practice
4. Please plan to arrive by 10:50am on Sunday Morning or
6:50pm on Wednesday Evening,
so the Pastor or Worship Leader knows you
are present and prepared.
Let us truly get excited about the opportunity to worship our
Lord God "together!"
Is that not what we have been missing?
No one needs or wants another Pastor Roger show, especially the Pastor!!
"Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
and into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
and His truth endures to all generations."
- Seeking to Walk with God with you,