The View From My Window Pastor's Weekly Blog



December 8, 2019

I was at the deli counter in Weis the other day when a new employee was being trained. She asked me for my order then appeared confused as she looked back & forth through the meat case. Her mentor then pointed out not only where she could find my selection but instructed her on the basic layout of the meats & cheeses. Every item had a specific place in a logical pattern so that everyone working there could quickly find what they were looking for in order to keep customers moving along.

The newbie was a bit embarrassed & apologized for not having remembered what her mentor had obviously told her several times already. “That’s alright,” said her trainer, “soon you’ll know this deli like the back of your hand.”

  It is important to those teaching others that their students learn & stick with the job else instructors would need to start over every day with a new trainee. Today we’ll be talking about following the instructions our Lord has laid down. Thankfully, He’s a patient & forgiving teacher. Jesus isn’t going to drop you just because you make some mistakes. As long as you show up for work wanting to learn He’ll keep the lessons coming.

Pastor Joel Everhart

December 1, 2019

We turned our clocks back one hour the first week in November. Although the official time change does not take place until 2am Sunday morning, we had all our manual clocks adjusted by Saturday afternoon. All, that is, except for the clocks in our vehicles. For the next week I drove down the road startled whenever I looked at the clock thinking I’m running late only to realize I hadn’t changed that clock. I tell myself I’m going to change it as soon as I park. I park but forget all about changing the time. The scenario repeats itself the next trip.

When I finally do get around to making the change, I have to relearn how to do it in each of my cars. It’s only been six months since the last time I’ve done this but for some reason it feels like the first time every time. Curiously, I seem to make the same mistakes all over again as I fumble my way toward success. Knowing how to start the process would be a big help.

This morning we’re going to be talking about where to start whenever you dedicate yourself to becoming a disciple of Jesus. This is where you begin for the first time or where you need to start when you are attempting a comeback. Michael Finnegan, begin again.

Pastor Joel Everhart

November 24, 2019

Last month was “Pastor Appreciation Month” & many of you expressed your love to Barb & me through cards & gifts. Our thanks to all of you for helping us feel so loved & appreciated. The ministry can be a very hard place to be at times. We feel especially blessed to have been given an assignment that includes the wonderful people of New Life Assembly of God. Not only that, but God has granted us the joyful experience of having our son & his family move back into the area several years ago. Is there anything more precious than being close to kids & grandkids?

In the midst of trying to accomplish something, don’t forget to live. Being thankful is one of the keys to a happy life. This morning we’re going to talk about several things we can all be thankful for, regardless of whatever else may be going on all around us. Happy Thanksgiving, New Life!

Pastor Joel Everhart

November 17, 2019

In Home Alone 2 Kevin ends up following a man in an overcoat, just like the one his father was wearing, through the airport. As a result, he ends up on the wrong airplane & thus in New York City while his family lands in Miami. Fortunately for him, Kevin ends up with his dad’s wallet filled with cash & credit cards. However, he learns that freedom, even with a pocket full of money cannot replace the security & love of his family.

How can we be sure we’re following the right Father? How do we know we’ve not been deceived into thinking that what we’ve come to believe is the truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth? In this new series titled, “Follow” we’ll be looking at the basics of discipleship: what everyone needs to know who is serious about following Jesus.

Pastor Joel Everhart

November 10, 2019

I’ve had the pleasure of taking 3 of my grandsons fishing & seeing them catch their 1st fish. They’re okay with worms, love pulling their line out of the water with a fish dangling at the end of it & holding it up for pictures. Taking the fish off the hook while it wiggles & squirms…well, not so much. At what age does a child lean not only to catch but gut & clean their dinner? Usually, not until the one teaching them to fish demands it.

Our Heavenly Father is teaching us how to fish for people. It’s a messier business than you might think. He’s not always going to prevent our hands from getting “fishy”. There are disappointments, it takes perseverance, sacrifice & you’ll get pinched but all of that is part of the sport. You will need to learn to deal with the occasional snake. Its time for us to grow up, look, act & live like adults in His Kingdom.

Pastor Joel Everhart

November 3, 2019

I was in the Post Office last month when a fellow came out of the Employees Only door, walked over & unlocked the customer access door.

“They finally hired a man around here,” I said.

“What’s that supposed to mean?” he scowled.

“Just that I’ve seen nothing but women working the counter here for years,” I replied.

“I don’t work here,” he barked as he disappeared into the next room. The next day I went in to have a letter weighed & guess who was behind the counter waiting on customers – but I guess he doesn’t work there.

Have you noticed that some people are nicer than others? The fact is the customer the man was waiting on when I walked in was a pretty young woman & he could not have been more charming! He was all smiles, joking … The Bible urges us to be genuinely nice. Treat others like brothers & sisters, helping them whenever you can.

Pastor Joel Everhart

October 27, 2019

The word “meeting” is a neutral term: a meeting can be good or it an be bad depending on many factors. For example, a meeting with an IRS auditor is probably not a good thing. However, meeting a couple of friends for lunch is something to look forward to. What feelings are stirred in your soul when I mention each of the following types of meetings: meeting the new boss, PTO meeting, meeting new neighbors, meeting with your insurance agent, a board meeting…a prayer meeting? That last one is a great question because if you curled your lips (like you do when you pass a freshly fertilized field) the enemy has been doing some great propaganda work in your mind. If, however, it warms your soul you are probably on the right track.

Meeting with God ought to have the same reaction as smelling freshly baked cinnamon roles or finding out you have $200 more in your bank account than you thought. Meet with the Lord soon; meet with Him often.

Pastor Joel Everhart

October 20, 2019

When I was a boy my brother & I set up a little stand for selling sweet corn. We’d buy the corn from a nearby farmer for 25 cents a dozen & sell it at our stand for 50 cents (that was a long time ago). It was good corn but I think our downfall was the fact that our house was located along a major highway with a 55-mph speed limit. Few people stopped & of those that did, only a few bought any corn. Who pulls off a major road because they see a sign that advertises corn for sale then doesn’t buy any? Lots of people. Maybe that’s why I’m a pastor & not in the grocery business.

Not everyone we share the gospel with is going to accept it. Who hears about the wonderful gift of eternal life God offers to us then turns it down? Lots of people. Yet it’s a great privilege to be the person offering this precious gift to others. Prayer helps to prepare me for distributing this tremendous gift as it prepares others to receive it. Offer the gospel to others but don’t forget to bathe the whole venture in prayer. Otherwise you might be like a set of brothers I know whose family ate a lot of corn one summer – left holding the goods without many takers.

Pastor Joel Everhart

October 13, 2019

My mom’s nap was interrupted some years ago by three angels she said were dressed like warriors. She thought they were taking her home but they said they’d been dispatched to come to my aid in answer to her prayers. This happened while our church was in the middle of a terrible battle for its very existence.

We interrupt our regularly scheduled series on prayer to interject a teaching on angels. Some people have had a few very profound interactions with God’s holy messengers while most are blind to their many interventions in our lives. Most are here to help; a few from the dark side pretend to represent God, so it’s best to be wary. Some of us have been kind to strangers not knowing they were actually God’s servants on a mission! Angels are very powerful & it’s comforting to know that many more of them are on the Lord’s side than have defected into the enemy’s camp. The God of angel armies is always by my (& your) side.

Pastor Joel Everhart

October 6, 2019

We put a little sign out in front of my Dad’s house, “For Sale by Owner” & my sister placed an ad on Facebook. Many people came to see the property & one young man decided to buy it. Both my sister & I called my father’s attorney numerous times asking him to draw up a sales agreement. His secretary was very polite & apologetic but he never returned any of our calls. Finally, my sister happened onto a lady who works with real estate that agreed to do all the paperwork for a flat rate. Finding her – a person to intercede between us & all the legal documentation – felt like the 1st day of spring! She enabled us to do what we could not do on our own.

There are so many things in life we cannot do without assistance, especially when it comes to spiritual matters. We can help save souls, start a revival, prevent tragedies, & so much more with the right intercessor. He will not do such things without our involvement just like our real estate lady can’t sell our house without our input. Get busy: pray.

Pastor Joel Everhart

September 29, 2019

Sitting in the Cernugals’ living room shortly after Marty was discharged from rehab, it dawned on me that the last time I’d been in their home was shortly after Carole had come home from the hospital. I’ve watched as a number of our older couples have taken turns helping each other recover from an injury or illness. I don’t think there’s a greater expression of love than that.

Sometimes a rather contentious relationship can be helped through just such an experience. Realizing our dependency on one another, doing for our partner what they cannot do for themselves & working together to get things done, has a way of drawing us in, bringing us closer.

It’s time to stop thinking that the Lord is the only one expected to do anything in this relationship we have with Him. Along with all the benefits of being part of His family come some very serious responsibilities. When you finally “take up your cross” & follow Him, you’ll find a fellowship with the Lord you never knew existed.

Pastor Joel Everhart

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