The View From My Window Pastor's Weekly Blog



June 28, 2015

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Time, time, time, time, time: I’d like to address the topic of time. What is time? How can I account for it? Why can I get so much done during some of it & so little done during other periods of it? How is it that I can leave earlier than usual &, yet, arrive later than normal? Why does an hour often feel like forever while the years fly by? I was strolling my grandson along the other day as he pointed out wildlife: squirrel, rabbit, bug, bird … Suddenly my mind flashed back to having his dad on the back of my bicycle thirty years earlier hearing the same sounds. Where did all that time go?

The book of Ecclesiastes talks quite a bit about time and has this to say at the end: Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion to the matter: Fear God & keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Whatever time is, it counts most when we use it serving the Lord. Time works best whenever we dedicate whatever we are doing to His honor.

I’m so glad I took my son to church & taught him the ways of God. It would have been so easy to get caught up in other things as the time slipped by. So many meaningless things we did together don’t even come to mind but the things of God last forever. Now there’s a neat word: forever.

Pastor Joel Everhart

June 21, 2015

 

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Last week, I talked about our need for regulations of many different kinds lest we take advantage of one another, ruin the planet, & justify our avoidance of any responsibility that might cost us something. I also stated that the Bible is the best place to find a solid foundation upon which to build said regulations. But what do we do when regulating agencies begin to mandate ridiculous or harmful rules? OSHA, in my opinion, has done just that by issuing a mandatory policy that allows any employee to use whatever restroom they choose without any interference lest they become offended at another person’s response to their choice of gender identity.

It states in part, “Restricting employees to using only restrooms that are not consistent with their gender identity, or segregating them from other workers by requiring them to use gender-neutral or other specific restrooms, singles those employees out and may make them fear for their physical safety.” In other words a man can walk into a ladies restroom & the fear is that he will be offended if anyone tells him he doesn’t belong there. The uneasiness of the ladies using that facility when the man walks in is viewed by that governmental agency as prejudice! Their feelings or at least any expression of those feelings is illegal. Offending the average female is not a concern of this government but offending a man visiting a ladies restroom is seen as egregious.

Which do you feel would cause a person’s gender identity crisis to stand out more: that person using a gender neutral restroom or a man walking into a ladies room? Why is the government getting so messed up? They took the Bible out of the equation. All other ground is sinking sand.

Pastor Joel Everhart

June 14, 2015

 

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I’m a “no regulations” kind of a guy. I tend to think of organizations like the EPA, DER, OSHA, etc. as uninvited governmental intrusions on the lives of hard-working people. However, the other day I started to think about the many underhanded things people have done that has affected myself or others I know: contractors that cut corners but charged full price, companies that leveraged away benefits from their workers, workers that have cheated their employers, people willing to sell dubious or even harmful products just to make a buck … I’d hate to find out that my house is built on top of an old toxic waste dump.

The truth is that laws, regulations, enforcement, & penalties are necessary because of the wickedness of the human heart. Someone had to start a campaign before most people stopped throwing their trash out their car window. Someone had to get the government to look at how filthy our air & water was becoming because polluters were not going to make changes for the good of the environment on their own. Large industrialists were not concerned about the safety of their workers until they were held accountable. Now I’m not suggesting we need more regulations or even that the ones we have are balanced, logical, or fair. What I’m driving at today is that we tend to think of ourselves as good, honest folks who usually (if not always) choose to do the right thing. History proves that theory wrong. History proves the need for armies, police, courts, jails, fines … We are sick, we are wicked, we need forgiveness, we need instruction, guidance, & counsel.

Our nation needs a good, solid, firm foundation on which to build safeguards for everyone. Here’s one: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, & training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17. All other ground is sinking sand.

Pastor Joel Everhart

May 31, 2015

 

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I was out trimming my hedges the other day & mused over the fact that it didn’t seem very long ago that I was shoveling snow off those same bushes. For weeks now we’ve been mowing our lawns. They didn’t need mowed for five months but suddenly they demand our attention. We were busy enough before they woke up yet somehow we have found the time to do the landscaping.

My wife and I live in a 55+ neighborhood where the houses are meant to be low maintenance. I’ve noticed that most, if not all, of the residents have put in elaborate gardens. It’s not unusual to see a senior citizen outside trimming, weeding, planting, pulling, watering, etc. I’ve said to more than one as I’ve strolled past, “Isn’t it fascinating how we all buy low maintenance homes so we don’t have to do so much work on them, then we go outside & plant gardens we have to spend all summer tending?” Invariably they stop and think about what I’ve said for a moment then laugh & say something like, “Yeah, we’re a funny lot; aren’t we?”

Most of these people have retired because they were tired of working only to discover that what they like most to do for leisure is to work. So whether its shoveling snow, trimming hedges, mowing the lawn, driving a truck, pouring cement or filing a brief, maybe we should just be thankful for the strength to do whatever it is that needs done at the moment.

Pastor Joel Everhart

May 17, 2015

I’m fresh back from vacation & trying to get my brain to function like it did before I gave it a week off. Of course, the time flew by, yet, it’s funny how unfamiliar my routine has become to me after so short a respite. Little things like sleeping in & staying up later than usual, eating every hour on the hour, having a diet that consisted mostly of pastries, doing only what I felt like doing … Oh how my flesh grew in just a few days!

Suddenly it’s time to get up, shave, eat bran-heavy cereal, & go to work. You’ll be happy to know I was able to find my office okay. After my computer updated itself I was thankful to discover I can still type. Later I may even try my hand at writing something useful but I’m sure you’ll understand that I don’t want to overdo it my first day back.

I made a quick trip through Wal-Mart this morning on my way in — they have a display of Hawaiian shirts for just nine dollars a piece! Why are men my age so drawn to such displays? I would have bought one but vacation is over, after all. So, if a year after I retire you happen to see a very large bald guy with a long beard wearing a loud tropical shirt — that will probably be me.

Pastor Joel Everhart

April 26, 2015

 

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Last Sunday I visited the Children’s Church with a squirt bottle in my hand & a towel over my shoulder. Their theme for the day was Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. I asked them to imagine what else Jesus could have done with the basin full of water … He could have pretended to be washing someone’s feet then just dumped the whole bowlful on them! Imagine what a laugh He & the other disciples would have had while the one sat there dripping wet. But Jesus didn’t come to entertain Himself or to take advantage of others; He came to serve. You can take the lesson from there.

I washed a few of their shoes with the water & wiped them with the towel but, soon, everyone wanted squirted & I had a good time obliging them. The next morning I was out on my run when what had been a drizzle turned into a rain. At one point a goliath raindrop landed square on the top of my head. Immediately I thought about squirting the kids the day before & this verse came to mind: Give & it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, & running over … Luke 6:38. So if you have a kid in Children’s Church last week, tell them that God got me back good the day after I squirted them!

Pastor Joel Everhart

April 15, 2015

 

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I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following truth. 3 John 1:4

My kids’ birthdays have recently passed. It has been a reminder of the ultimate blessings they are to me as God has given me the privilege of watching them mature & grow in Him. Both came to know the Lord at a very young age. Both continue to be sensitive to the leading of the Lord in their lives. They, their spouses, & children are walking in the light of the Word. I truly could have no greater joy than to know our children are following the truth!

Barb Everhart

April 12, 2015

 

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I’m still glowing over the teamwork I saw displayed here on Easter Sunday … Curvin, Jamie, Sam, Donna, John, Lacy, & many others set up a beautiful display, cooked up a delicious breakfast, then served up a wonderful time of fellowship. Dwayne & Missy lead a team for a powerful human video. Bridget delivered a timely word on how we approach God in prayer. I thought the worship team starting out with The Old Rugged Cross & ending with Victor’s Crown (a song that was new to us but perfect for Easter) was simply inspired.

How much did the pastor have to do with any of that? Absolutely nothing; I got calls or texts from our friends volunteering to do the breakfast, human video & testimony. Some of it I even forgot I had approved (sorry Bridget). The week before a guy walked in with a ram’s horn (Old Testament type trumpet) & we had the best Palm Sunday ever. I had no idea he was coming.

You might think it would bother a pastor to have so little control over what goes on in a church service. Not this guy — I say, A Holy Spirit led congregation filled with people willing to obey His voice is as good as it gets! Kind of makes you wonder what He’s going to do next; doesn’t it? Lead on, oh King eternal.

Pastor Joel Everhart

April 5, 2015

 

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I Peter 1:3-12

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

So be truly glad.There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your soul.

10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward.

12 They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.

 

– Happy Easter from all of us here at New Life –

Thanks for celebrating with us today!

March 29, 2015

 

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I’ve mentioned it before: I like to cook. That can be problematic when there are only two people in your household. Leftovers are inevitable. There have been weeks when we’ve dedicated several days to cleaning up leftovers. But I have this bad habit of taking what’s left over and adding things to it until we have more left over after that meal than when I pulled whatever we’re trying to finish up from the refrigerator!

Right now there’s a ground turkey – rice – vegetable – cheese casserole sitting in our fridge that started out as a meat loaf a couple weeks ago. It’s a very simple concept: take what’s in the ice box, nuke it in the microwave for a minute or two & eat it. That’s what I intend to do but somewhere between the fridge & the microwave I get struck with a thought like: That beef would make a wonderful beef-vegetable soup. That would really taste good on a chilly day like today… Before you know it I’ve got enough soup to feed a family of five.

Eventually much of what I’ve made ends up in the freezer in one form or another. So, if you’re ever having company from out of town & you’re low on groceries or you’re up for a different taste combination than you’ve ever had before (something that’s not readily identifiable just by looking at it) … give me a call.

Pastor Joel Everhart

March 25, 2015

 

As a youngster I can remember being very shy, holding on to the hem of my Mother’s dress as she stood to teach Sunday school. Not quite the picture of courage or boldness! In my teen years, however, I grew in my faith in the Lord. I became increasingly aware of His presence in my life, which provided me with a strength & courage that caused me to boldly stand for the truth of the Word. I was not afraid to carry my Bible with me to school to read during study halls.

I’m so thankful for the Christian upbringing my parents provided for me in those early years. Sometimes as we age we tend to revert back to being afraid, but if we stay in the Word we will have the daily reminders we need that will assure us of a possession of strength & courage in the Lord. Today’s world can be a scary place, but with the help of the Lord we can & WILL overcome! This is my command be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Barb Everhart

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