The View From My Window Pastor's Weekly Blog



July 21, 2024

You have feelings, that is a fact. Feelings are not facts. There are times, as a believer, you will feel all alone. You may feel abandoned. Neither of those feelings state the fact. The

fact is that God will never leave or forsake you. The Lord loves you. He has a plan to prosper and bless, not to harm you.

As a Christian, you will walk through some dark valleys, but you will never walk there alone. God is with you whether you feel His presence or not. It may feel like God doesn’t hear your prayers but the fact is, He hears every word and He is touched with whatever is weighing heavy on your heart.

Deliverance is only ever a matter of time. As someone has said, “Problems are preludes to miracles.” Hang in there, rookie.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

July 14, 2024

I probably don’t need to tell you this but, God has a way of redirecting our lives when we least expect it. Every day, as most people simply go about business as usual, individuals are being plucked out of the crowd by the Holy Spirit and are being transformed into children of God. What’s your story?

Yet, once born again, we are not exempt from the Lord’s propensity to change our lives in dramatic ways. A career change, a new diagnosis, a move to a new location… All these things, and more, can come up quickly. You can feel “blindsided” by one or more of these changes. Never assume that a blessing or a challenge in your life will remain as it is forever. When circumstances change, don’t doubt God’s goodness-depend on it.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

June 30, 2024

  How do you start a church? If it’s a real church, only the Lord can start it. “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it.” “If the Lord builds the house nobody can tear it down.” Anyone who has been in church for very long can tell you it ain’t easy to do church long-term with others. Generally speaking, churches don’t spring up overnight and keep growing until Jesus returns.

A “seed” gets planted, a few people get together, volunteers step up to fill the various programs & duties required to help the church grow: nursery workers, greeters, worship leaders, Sunday School teachers… A few people do a lot of work in order for others to simply come and worship.

In Acts 2 we read about when the first church was born. In one day, 3,000 people joined! How would you like to organize that? Since many of them were from out of town, people needed places to live and work. Until those needs were met, they needed food, temporary housing, and everything from mats to sleep on to changes of clothing. Again, I ask, how would you like to organize that? It’s funny how much there is to do in something inspired by God. We could use your help, you in?

-Pastor Joel Everhart

June 23, 2024

  In the military they say, “No plan survives first contact with the enemy.” That’s a condensed version of the original saying which states, “Only the layman believes that in the course of a campaign he sees the consistent implementation of an original thought that has been considered in advance in every detail and retained to the end.”

  God’s plan to evangelize the world and win as many people to Christ as possible was doomed to failure from the very beginning because of the strength of the enemy and the weakness of God’s children. The exception, however, is that the Lord has provided a special empowerment, a secret weapon, if you will, that turns fallible followers into outlets for the power of God. On their own, they often cause more harm than good but when this power flows through them they accomplish amazing things for the Kingdom of God. This secret weapon is the Holy Spirit. Learn to yield yourself to His control more & more.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

June 16, 2024

As a dad, and now a grandpa, I can testify to you that nothing brings me more joy, delight & pride than my kids and grandkids. I have many blessings in my life, but my family tops the list. I know there are guys who were never given the privilege of having children of their own and I do not mean to cast any shadows. God will surely fill their lives with many good things, it’s His promise. A love for everyone’s kids is a trait I inherited from my father and I see also lives in my son. But there’s something special about having your own.

God calls us His own! We are special to Him. You are special to Him. I’d venture to say, based on the fact that you are in church today, that God is special to you as well. Why do you suppose He chose to relate to us as our Father? God bless all our dads today!

-Pastor Joel Everhart

June 2, 2024

The Disciples had a hard time believing that Jesus had risen from the dead. They didn’t just see Him die, they saw his body ripped to shreds, slump lifeless on the cross then have a spear thrust up through His side. Jesus was dead and His body was ruined. The words Jesus had spoken to them about all that was to happen didn’t prepare them for the reality they experienced. When they were told Jesus had risen from the dead, they didn’t believe it. Their unbelief strengthens our faith because unless Jesus appeared to them after the crucifixion, there’s no way they would have become martyrs for something they doubted, much less flat out didn’t believe.

The resurrection is a historical fact better documented than most events we take for granted. Jesus’ birth, life, death & resurrection changed history so much it has become the pivotal point in human history, flipping our calendars from B.C. to A.D. Everything before Christ was preparation, and everything since has been His affect on us all.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 26, 2024

While I was working on this article, I became drowsy. I tried to push through but wasn’t getting anywhere so I decided to throw my feet up onto my desk, lean back in my chair and catch a few minutes sleep. I went almost immediately into a dream where I was taking my wife to a store where they sell beauty products. She was looking for some nail polish. Once we got inside the building there was a desk where a lady interviewed her about what kind of nail polish she was looking for. After a lengthy discussion, they ushered us around the corner where there was display after display after display filled with beauty products where Barb could search until she found exactly what she wanted. My knees grew weak and I felt a little nauseous. The lady told me I was welcome to recline on a sofa at one end of the room. I leaned back on that couch and woke up back in my office! Thank God I was delivered from that nightmare!

What’s that got to do with today’s topic? Jesus died to save us. In Heaven men don’t have to visit beauty supply stores. Those, my fellow husbands, exist only in the land of eternal torment in eternity. If I were you, I’d make sure things were right between me and God as soon as possible.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 19, 2024

“Hey, how ya doin?” It’s a common greeting these days. No one really wants to know how you are doing, they’re just trying to sound polite, if not uneducated. I would like to know how you are doing in reference to becoming more like Jesus. Does that even concern you or do you think that’s for other people to consider?

It’s easy to become discouraged & give up your pursuit of holiness. The good news is that we’re not expected to become perfected overnight. Little by little, step by step we inch closer to what Jesus is like and away from our personal tendencies. The key is to not give up. There will be stretches where you don’t feel like you are making any progress, times when you actually digress, but if you stick with it, you’ll be amazed at how much you can achieve.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 12, 2024

“I want my mommy!” It’s a common expression. I remember that my brother, sisters & I used the term, “Mom” so often in a day that my mom would say, “Stop calling me mom, from now on my name is Sam, call me Sam.” Mom knew where everything was. Mom was our connection to the outside world. If we needed a resource for school, clothes for gym class, if we got hungry, if we weren’t feeling well, the expression was always the same: “Mom!” Then after a successful science project or win on a field of athletics we’d say, “Look what I did.” Clearly, mom deserves a slice of every victory pie.

Mom always seemed close to a nervous breakdown until one of us needed help. Instantly, she was transformed into Wonder Woman. Always she knew what to do. There wasn’t a spider or hornet that could scare her away when her child was in danger. Add strangers and monsters to that list too.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! You’re the best.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 5, 2024

You might think, “Isn’t saying the ‘lost prodigal’ redundant?” Aren’t all prodigals lost? That’s what I thought until I looked up the term. A prodigal is a reckless spendthrift. You don’t have to run away from home to fit that description. You can ruin your life right in your own backyard or living room for that matter. Please, PLEASE, don’t allow yourself to get sucked into these online gambling sights or the lottery ticket machines at the grocery store or offtrack betting or a free bus ride & dinner at the casino…

Find another way to entertain yourself, one that doesn’t endanger you or your family’s future. Do something safer like bull riding or skydiving or rugby. You might come out with a few broken bones but at least your finances will still be intact. If you are a prodigal, repent & run home to common sense today!

-Pastor Joel Everhart

April 28, 2024

In the Old Testament, Moses gave us the 10 commandments. Here in Matthew, Jesus gave us the Beatitudes. Moses taught us to be afraid of violating God’s law. Jesus teaches us how to live a blessed life. In fact, Jesus turns conventional wisdom on its ear telling us that the way to be happy is to take the hard road. Be humble, grieve, make peace, get persecuted…seriously? That’s the way to be happy? It sounds counterintuitive because it is. These are secrets only those who truly trust Jesus would dare implement.

When was the last time you blessed someone who was cursing you? Is your heart clean, even toward those who have wronged you? Love, forgive & serve, that’s the Sermon on the Mount in a nutshell. Keeping up?

-Pastor Joel Everhart

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