The View From My Window Pastor's Weekly Blog



June 25, 2023

Barb & I are taking our 2nd week of vacation. As of this writing we have no plans. Likely I’ll be taking a lot of naps, playing solitaire, grilling, maintenance, perhaps a project around the house… Maybe I’ll get a chance to catch a firefly (I make it a point to catch at least one every summer). When was the last time you caught one?

Do you have a “dream vacation” in mind? Are you the tranquil or the adventuresome type? Maybe you like to relax in exotic places or stay active close to home. Do you prefer staying with relatives, booking a motel or pulling a travel trailer? To each his own & to all a very happy summer!

-Pastor Joel Everhart

June 18, 2023

Happy Father’s Day! Today’s text links the unity of the family with the revelation of the Messiah. Preparing for Jesus also included calling the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous. We usually think of unity & repentance as a result of the coming of the Messiah, not a preparation for Him. This makes me think that people are more responsible for their actions than we pretend. They make a choice to obey or rebel, to respect or reject the clear revelation of wisdom, to embrace folly or aim higher. For those looking for the Lord, He will be found. For those looking for an excuse to sin, they’ll find plenty. How about you? Are you looking for God or just a reason why you don’t have to behave yourself?

-Pastor Joel Everhart

June 11, 2023

This morning we have Dorant Brown as our special guest. Dorant pastors in Jamaica. Although he is a very talented and gifted preacher & singer, he has chosen to work in a very poor area. He comes to America periodically in order to raise funds for his family and his ministry. That need results in our being able to enjoy his friendship and capabilities.

There’s a depth & warmth to Dorant that is rare. I hope you will have an opportunity to talk with him personally while he is in the area. You will be enriched by the experience.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

June 4, 2023

Some of the greatest bonding moments my wife and I have shared is when we’ve cried together. When you’re dating you do your best to put your best foot forward. You work at appearing strong, competent, humorous, attractive, etc. So, two people fall in love with the best version of one another. Then life happens. You would like to continue appearing strong and attractive but grief breaks your heart or pain cripples your body. That’s when you find out if you have a partner or a groupie. A groupie will feel duped into falling in love with a fraud: you appeared to be all that but hardship blew your cover. A partner will travel the rough road with you, lending support until you regain your better self. Rather than holding your brokenness against you it will actually pull them closer. It takes tears and time to build a solid relationship.

We have a God who takes the time to journey with us through our hardest moments. He even allows His heart to feel our pain and allows Himself to cry along with us. What a God!

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 28, 2023

Gates give access to an area that is protected by a fence or wall. It would be silly to set up a gate in an open field. In that case it would become an obstruction rather than an access point. However, I have seen some people set up an old gate in their garden to allow vines to grow & provide a decorative display. That would be a gate that isn’t being used for its intended purpose. Jesus introduces Himself as the gate in today’s text. He didn’t come for decorative purposes. He came to provide a door from here to heaven. Jesus is the only door that can take you from earth to glory. All other gates: religions, philosophies, creeds, dogmas, beliefs…are dead ends; they end in death.

There are three doors in my office. Two of them lead to closets, only one out into the hallway. Its funny how many people get confused & open the door where several furnace units are housed. They stand there staring for a moment, startled that there are no stairs for them to descend. There are going to be a lot of startled people on judgment day. What they trusted in will not result in life but death. Get the right door, get Jesus.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 21, 2023

Have you ever heard someone say, “If I could only see a miracle, then I’d believe”? That’s not necessarily true, as is illustrated in today’s text. Many, if not most, of the people who saw Jesus perform amazing miracles decided not to believe in Him. At first, they made excuses like, “It was a hoax.” After the miracle was proven real, they gave the credit to the devil. As a last resort they simply condemned Jesus. In John 9 they did so by saying that He was a “sinner”.

Any one of us can choose not to believe despite irrefutable evidence. Personally, I think that nature itself offers ample proof of God, yet what unsaved person hasn’t seen a sunrise or noticed the difference between animals & humans or held a newborn baby? Which makes more sense to you: God created the heavens and the earth or there was a big explosion of gasses (Where did the gasses come from?) that resulted in life? After hundreds of millions of years amebas evolved to the point where they developed cordless drills. Talk about a fairy tale!

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 14, 2023

An older brother & sister live down the street from us. When I say older I mean they’re both retired. Neither ever married nor had any children. However, a couple of young children, maybe 5 & 7 years old, have adopted them. They walk right into their house unannounced, play in their yard, do chalk drawings on their driveway, coerce them into playing ball… They could have resented the intrusion of these brothers in their otherwise quiet lives but they’ve embraced it. There is a look of pure joy whenever the elders and the children see one another.

I’m reminded of the Scripture that says, “He sets the lonely in families.” When a child thinks you are special, you are special indeed! Got any kids in your life? If not, maybe you should get to know some of ours here at New Life. We’ve got a bunch of them and each one is very special.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

May 7, 2023

Most of the people Jesus healed, He did so by touching them. A few were healed at His command, both local & long distance. In today’s text, Jesus makes some mud with spit, puts it on a man’s blind eyes & tells him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. That’s a lot to ask from a bind person, don’t you think? Why the added drama when Jesus could have just as easily pronounced the man healed?

But, isn’t that the question we all have to ask? Jesus, if you can heal me instantly, why all this pain, all these trips to doctor offices, therapy sessions, etc.? Why not make it easy to receive everything I need from God? The longer the suffering, the harder the journey, the more the drama, the greater the glory that goes to the Lord.

Some of us will give glory to God by a testimony of instant healing. Others will be able to tell of how He helped them recover over time. Still others will be able to testify to Jesus’ amazing ability to help us cope with overwhelming circumstances. Chances are, each of us will experience all three types of divine intervention in our lifetime. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that if only you had done this or that you’d have been healed quicker. The Lord loves variety & once He’s made up His mind concerning how He is going to help you through your trouble, well, let’s just say, He’s made up His mind.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

April 30, 2023

Some people who hear the gospel, repent of their sins and become different, better people. They start serving others, often doing great acts of sacrifice to help those in need. Others who hear the same gospel, reject it. They may even go on to become a worse version of themselves. The first group is filled with love, the second often becomes angry, and hate those who receive salvation with joy.  Sometimes, families get split right down the middle, life long friends can go in opposite directions. We used to sing a little song in Sunday School when I was a boy, “One door and only one, and yet its sides are two…I’m on the inside, on which side are you?”

Only those who choose to follow Jesus are on the inside of His Kingdom. Both those who reject the Lord and those who haven’t surrendered to His will yet are on the outside of that door. It’s as big a difference as to whether a person was inside the ark or on the outside when the whole world was flooded. So, I’ll ask again, “On which side are you?”

-Pastor Joel Everhart

April 30, 2023

Some people who hear the gospel, repent of their sins and become different, better people. They start serving others, often doing great acts of sacrifice to help those in need. Others who hear the same gospel, reject it. They may even go on to become a worse version of themselves. The first group is filled with love, the second often becomes angry, and hate those who receive salvation with joy.  Sometimes, families get split right down the middle, life long friends can go in opposite directions. We used to sing a little song in Sunday School when I was a boy, “One door and only one, and yet its sides are two…I’m on the inside, on which side are you?”

Only those who choose to follow Jesus are on the inside of His Kingdom. Both those who reject the Lord and those who haven’t surrendered to His will yet are on the outside of that door. It’s as big a difference as to whether a person was inside the ark or on the outside when the whole world was flooded. So, I’ll ask again, “On which side are you?”

-Pastor Joel Everhart

April 16, 2023

I was going a little over the speed limit on the PA turnpike when I passed a police car along the side of the road. Sure enough, he pulled out behind me. My heart skipped a beat and I started to pull over just as he flew past me, lights flashing. I was tempted to pull over anyway to compose myself. Doesn’t it feel great to “get caught in the act” yet get off with a warning? I know from experience those warnings do change my behavior for quite a while. I’m very grateful for mercy!

Today, we study the account of a woman caught in adultery. Can you imagine the shame, the guilt, the fallout from the injured parties…? Jesus lets her off with a warning. There was talk of stoning her but she was allowed to go home on her own recognizance. Wouldn’t you love to hear the rest of the story? Did she repent and live right from then on? Was she able to stay clean? I hope so. Choices we make in life follow us beyond the grave. If Jesus has been gracious enough to let you off with a warning, be smart enough to embrace His power to live free from what used to tempt you.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

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