The View From My Window Pastor's Weekly Blog

May 15, 2022

From time to time you’ll notice that someone had come ahead of you into whatever building you enter with muddy shoes. They leave a trail of clumped up dirt behind. Our hope is that they don’t know their feet are dirty or they’d quickly take care of the problem. None-the-less, they’ve muddied up the joint. Those coming behind will grind the dirt deeper and get it on their own shoes if they’re not careful, in other words, it’s infectious.

Sometimes people drag attitudes or actions into church that mar our shine. Instead of others receiving a great blessing from the fellowship and services they go home offended or hurt. Our hope is they don’t know what they’re doing or they’d quickly take care of the problem. May the Holy Spirit make us aware of anything we’re doing that causes others to miss out on the love and ministry of the Lord in this place.

Paul helps us to be aware of such things with a Plea, an Example, and a Work in today’s message. See if you can pick out each of them from the sermon.

The Plea:

The Example:

The Work:

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 8, 2022

Happy Mother’s Day! Paul put the phrase, “faith, hope & love” together as he called for maturity among believers as they use the gifts God has given to us. It would be hard to find three words that better state the temperament of a godly mother. She leads her children to the Lord, instills a hope beyond this life in them, and loves them like no one else. Just this week I saw in my news feed how a lady took on a deadly snake to protect her children. Remove the children from the scenario and that lady would have run for her life but with their lives on the line, the snake didn’t stand a chance. Motherhood is a clear reflection of God’s character. Mom, your love for your child/children channels the presence and power of the Lord into your family. Being a mother can, at times, be a thankless job but it is never an unnecessary one. We love you, keep up the good work!

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 1, 2022

“Every cloud has a silver lining” or as I like to say it, “Every silver lining has a cloud wrapped around it”. Everything worth having, doing or accomplishing comes with a degree of difficulty commensurate with the value thereof. What is a soul worth? How about a community of souls? What would you be willing to do to be a part of an effort to turn our whole society away from the waterfall of sin it’s heading toward and back toward obedience to Christ? That’s how Paul ended up in chains and it was working!

Paul didn’t want to be in jail, but God was able to use his incarceration to spread the gospel and save many souls. You in?

-Pastor Joel Everhart

April 24, 2022

It’s been said that there are different “love languages”. Each of us gives and receives love in different ways. For some people being remembered with thoughtful gifts on special occasions really floats their boat. For others, they really appreciate a warm embrace. Words of appreciation, quality time together and doing things on one’s behalf round out the “Five Love Languages” made famous by Gary Chapman.

What language does God speak? How does He know we love Him? He speaks all five fluently. In fact, if you really want to love Him well, you’ll not skimp on any of them. Words of praise is huge but they better be backed up with good deeds that fit what we’ve said to Him. Talk is cheap UNLESS it’s backed up with a lifestyle that honors the Lord.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

April 17, 2022

Who doesn’t like good news? The best news comes after the worst news, like, you were being sued but the judge ruled in your favor and your opponent has to pay for all your fees. Or, you were told you had cancer but now you are cancer free!

Easter is all about moving from mourning to joy, from grief to extasy. “Low in the grave He lay, Jesus our Savior…UP FROM THE GRAVE HE AROSE WITH A MIGHTY TRIUMPH O’ER HIS FOES!” “Our savior displayed on a criminal’s cross, darkness rejoiced as though heaven had lost. But then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand! That’s when death was arrested and my life began!”

Easter is the past victory that ensures my future success. Because Jesus died my sins are forgiven. Because He lives I will also live. One of these days the bad news will be, “Joel died” but the good news will be, “Joel is in heaven!” That’s because of what happened on that very first Easter. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

-Pastor Joel Everhart

April 10, 2022

Some subjects and some people are polarizing. You either love them or you hate them. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, black liquorish & Donald Trump come to mind. Personally, I’m not a coffee drinker. Recently I made another attempt to condition my palate to its flavor but once again walked away wondering how anyone could possibly tolerate drinking that cousin to turpentine. Yet, many can’t live without that vile liquid and drink it by the gallon.

Like they say, “There’s no accounting for taste.” Some people fall in love with God from their very first encounter. Others acquire a taste for Him. Still others seem to fight His advances their whole life long. Don’t be stubborn, stop resisting His love, He is the one universal good thing that if you give Him an honest chance, you’ll be glad you did.]

-Pastor Joel Everhart

April 3, 2022

If all went well, I will have spent the past week with my wife visiting our kids in Virginia. Chris & Kayla have 3 boys: Colten, age 10, Hudson, 8, Cooper, 6, & a girl, Adaline, who is 3 (all ages are Grandpa approximations, for accurate numbers along with birthdays see Memaw). The only numbers I’m responsible for are my wife’s birthday, our anniversary, and her Social Security number. BTW, her birthday is coming up later this month, if you know of any Yorkie puppies for sale, let me know. How old will she be? Some numbers are not meant to be published.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

March 27, 2022

One thing that amazes me about the ministries of both Jesus and Paul, as well as the other New Testament writers, is how they stayed so distant from the political influences of their day. Those politics clearly affected their ministries as they found themselves on trial, in jail or exile and, for most of them, executed! They didn’t speak out against the abuses of either the Roman or Jewish governments. Each maintained a laser focus on the Kingdom of God and its influence on people.

The glory of it all is that what they preached eventually toppled those archaic, ungodly systems with their slavery, persecution, and corruption. Those systems could not stop the advance of the gospel! That gospel has led the world into a new burst of freedom, whether individual nations recognize its work or not. Even as we work to maintain such a costly liberty, we must always lead with the gospel we love. Pray for breakthroughs like the one we are studying today. A moment of revival can do what nothing else can in a lifetime.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

March 13, 2022

On the 4th of July we celebrate our nation’s independence. On December 7th we remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into WWII. 9/11 will ever be remembered for the lives lost in New York City, Washington D.C. & Shanksville, PA. The Day of Pentecost is the Church’s D-Day, the day the tide turned. Until then the disciples were a relatively small group of believers meeting together, trusting in the risen Christ but pretty much dead in the water. But, beginning on the Day of Pentecost, the church went on the offensive and people were swept into the Kingdom by the thousands.

We need to be aware of what the Holy Spirit did on that day, and has been doing ever since. We need to be open to what He wants to do in and through us. Pentecost separates the spectators from the participants.

Many professional athletes attended this year’s Super Bowl. It was a very competitive and entertaining game. Many of those athletes in the stands would have preferred to be playing in the game. In those luxury booths they had expensive snacks, comfortable seats, free Wi-Fi, and porters at their beck and call. Out on the field big men were smashing into one another, they were sweating, bleeding, panting. Still, how many of the athletes in the stands would have preferred playing in the Super Bowl rather than watching it? I’d have to say nearly 100% of them. Don’t be a fan of ministry, be a participant.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

March 6, 2022

The enemy crept up on us slowly at first. We hardly noticed how much he devoured. But now he’s consuming vast stretches of territory at a time. We are in the fight of our lives for our own freedom to worship God as well as that of our children and grandchildren.

Satan has gained control of the narrative through the media and social media. We, and our beliefs, are on the outside looking in. Social norms are now abnormal. Christians are losing their jobs right and left. Criminals are going free and faithful citizens are being locked up. This is serious. How do we defend ourselves? It starts on our knees and must include fasting as well as prayer. We are no match for our enemy but we can incite God to act on our behalf as we humble ourselves before Him. Aren’t you sick of where our nation is headed? Do something: fast & pray. Ask God to save us. Ask God to arise and defeat those who are fighting against all that is right and holy. Stop expecting someone else to do something. Now is the time. Today is the day. Storm heaven. Discipline your flesh.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

February 20, 2022

Ever strain at opening a jar but the lid just won’t budge? Sooner or later you stop kidding yourself and you look for something that will help, like gripping it with a dish towel, hitting it with the back end of a butter knife or you ask someone stronger to help you.

Ever strain at solving a problem in life but it just won’t budge? There is something about fasting that gets the attention of God better than praying alone. Certainly, it helps us to focus on what it is we’d like the Lord to do for us but somehow it helps Him focus on it too. Often, we pray for things so casually that when the Lord does respond we don’t even pause to thank Him. With fasting we have “some skin (or fat as the case may be) in the game”. We become more vested in the need that must be addressed. When the mountain finally moves it is a great relief to us mentally, spiritually and physically.

Paul taught us that when we are weak, He is strong. The weaker we become through fasting, the more He asserts His strength into the situation. We don’t manipulate God, we invite Him into our struggles, laying aside our might in preference to His.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

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