The View From My Window Pastor's Weekly Blog

November 21, 2021

Have you made your list yet? No, not your Christmas list, your Thanksgiving list. The list of all the things you are thankful for this holiday season. I’ve lost a family member every other Thanksgiving over the past seven years (2014, 2016, 2018, 2020), all within the week of Thanksgiving. In 2018 we lost both my mother and my mother-in-law. You might think that’s given me a sour taste for this time of the year. Actually, it’s done just the opposite. I’m very thankful to have had those particular people in my life and now hold the people still here with greater regard.

We are only going to be together for a little while longer on this side of glory. Let’s cherish one another more than ever & dedicate ourselves to being peacemakers within the body of Christ. Let go of offenses quickly and double your efforts to let others know how much you appreciate them. That will make this the greatest Thanksgiving ever.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

November 14, 2021

Got a bucket list? Anything you hope to accomplish before you leave this world? Have any goals in mind? If I could grant you one wish, what would it be? Paul was in his 60’s and in reasonably good health when he makes a final plea. He knew he wasn’t going to die of old age. Soon he was going to be beheaded. Did he ask for a steak dinner? How about a night out on the town? No, he asked for courage & inspiration to finish well. If he was going to die for being a Christian, he wanted to go out with no doubt in anyone’s mind that he was indeed a follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, he was hoping to convince some in the courtroom, and perhaps even among the executioners, that following Jesus was the only way to live even if it meant dying.

Who would you like to influence with the gospel? Are you doing anything to make that happen? It starts with a desire to do so. Add to that prayer and a plan. The plan might include a conversation, a track, booklet or invitation to church or to view a Christian movie. It’s important to do something to help someone else find salvation.

Paul could have increased his chances of acquittal if he had just kept his mouth shut. But then again, what good is a long life if it doesn’t bear any fruit? As Paul himself wrote in Acts 20:24, “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.”

-Pastor Joel Everhart

November 7, 2021

Clearly there have been many evil days, days when evil took a severe bite out of humanity. In my lifetime was the assassination of JFK, the Challenger Disaster, and 9/11 to name just a few. Each of those days began very ordinary if not in a festive mood. President Kennedy was riding in a motorcade as adoring fans cheered. The Suttle Challenger was manned by Christa McAuliffe, a teacher from Concord New Hampshire who was selected from dozens of applicants from the Teacher in Space Project. Because of her the event drew a bigger audience which also included her students and family. Many were on hand personally to see her off as others of us watched from our televisions. January 28, 1986, Barb & I were pastoring in Shanksville. We watched the launch that day and were stunned by the results.

Days of evil rarely come with any advance warning. By virtue of the fact that they do indeed come, the Scripture tells us to be ready for them. The way to be prepared is to know the truth, live a righteous life, know how to pray and be about the Father’s business. Be ready to take a hit and strike a blow. Enjoy your life but be ready for those hard days.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

October 31, 2021

The Bible tells us that governments are instituted among people in order to protect their citizens and promote prosperity. God will hold any institution accountable that does not use its power for the welfare of those who cannot defend themselves. For much of my life I’ve watched our government work on correcting mistakes. Sometimes they got it wrong but clearly, they were trying.

Somewhere along the line we seem to have taken a turn. Our target changed from promoting liberty and justice for all to dismantling the very building blocks of our society. Police are seen as criminals; the traditional family is looked at as having outlived its usefulness and basic human rights are being dismissed in the name of social justice.

Our freedom of self expression is being squashed by mandates, threats of dismissal, and pressure to comply with extreme views of morality, or more properly, immorality. Sin has become official policy and righteousness is illegal. The benefits of cooperating with this new agenda are tremendous; the penalties for noncompliance will jeopardize your ability to provide for your family. Are you prepared to make a stand for what is right or willing to drink the Kool-Aid and blend in?

-Pastor Joel Everhart

October 17, 2021

There are two kinds of bosses in this world: those who remember what it was like coming up through the ranks and hope to make it better for those they supervise; and those who make it as miserable as possible for those under their command.

I’m aware of several fellows who are working for younger supervisors whose first job ever was in management. Not so much as a summer job during their college years on their resume. Because of their title they think they know more about what is going on than those who have been doing the work for decades. No wonder my friends can’t wait to retire! A manager with a poor job-side manner can make life miserable on everyone, including themselves. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

October 10, 2021

Social engineers are talking about the day when the only people who need to go to work are those who want to go to work. Automation will produce and deliver any goods or services our hearts can desire. When you call a company, you’ll be talking to a computer that sounds and responds “just like a human”. We’ll even have robots with the capability to fix robots, computers, automobiles, etc. Our only occupation will be deciding what we would like to do with our time.

I happen to think that work is a blessing from God. Many of my friends, although there are things they’d change about their jobs, actually enjoy working. Some of them work in their spare time. While there are those who are overwhelmed there are others who find satisfaction and contentment by staying busy (but not too busy).

Have you found a good balance between working, resting, and recreating? Are there any changes you need to make in order to make yours a life worth living?

-Pastor Joel Everhart

October 3, 2021

Got kids? Got parents? George Orwell envisioned a world where people gave birth but their children were raised in institutions. There they would be indoctrinated by those in charge to serve the leader’s self-interests. Sadly, that sounds attractive to far too many people today.

Raising kids is hard. Having parents can be frustrating. However, family is still the best way to prepare little humans for life. And, as it turns out, after all the challenges, struggles & adventures, it proves to be the most rewarding venture a person can experience. You won’t have each other forever. Cherish those moments that make you smile, warm your heart or correct your mistakes. Funny how what often causes us to cry today will make us laugh tomorrow. Some of us have a lot of laughter to look forward to.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

September 26, 2021

Ever get tired of seeing the same commercial over and over again? There’s a certain insurance company, in fact, come to think of it, I think I’m tired of seeing insurance company commercials period. You don’t suppose they’re trying to be so annoying it’s impossible to forget their name, do you?

Well, I hope I’m not being annoying by tackling the subject of husbands and wives one last time in this series. Its important to have a realistic picture of what to expect from a relationship so the enemy doesn’t convince you that your marriage is doomed when in fact you’re experiencing obstacles common to living with a life long partner.

I’m told that catchup was formulated to hide the taste of bad meat back in the day when the industry wasn’t well regulated. Cook the foul beef and smother it with catchup in order to get it past your taste buds. Love is relationship catchup. It helps you tolerate your spouse’s shortcomings so you can enjoy the nourishment of their strengths and gifts. When your partner goes through a foul season, pour out a little more love.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

September 19, 2021

Recently, induction ceremonies for the NFL Hall of Fame classes of 2020 & 2021 were held in Canton, Ohio. That was the same weekend the Steelers beat the Cowboys in the 1st preseason game of the year. I enjoyed watching and listening to many of the inductee’s speeches. Of special note was how almost to a man they thanked their wives for the support they’d given them through their career. Even more special was that several of them noted that they’d met their wife in the 8th or 9th grade. That meant that these women were there by their side long before they were standouts in college and well before their talents produced huge paychecks. Getting drafted, recovering from injuries, surgeries, trades, contract negotiations, fighting for a roster spot, moving from one end of the country to the other… Through all that and more, these ladies had stood by their men. And the men were very clear that their spouse’s support was vital to their success both on and off the field. Life is a team sport. Be thankful for the members of your team.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

September 12, 2021

If you have little kids or grandkids, especially if they are boys, you are likely familiar with their propensity to wrestle with you. Even though they lose every match they keep coming back for more. I had a friend who used to hold his boys down until they said “mercy” but they were so young it came out “merthy”. They would cry for mercy yet as soon as their dad let them up, they’d jump on him again.

Security ought to be a word that describes our families. We feel safe in the arms of those who are stronger than us. In fact, we rely on their strength. Even when we are competing with them or have made them angry, we count on the fact that their strength will be kept under control and not be used to harm us. When you are the one entrusted with the muscle, be sure the rest of the family knows you stand with, for, and behind them all the way.

-Pastor Joel Everhart

September 5, 2021

Every husband knows when his wife is not in the mood for a hug or a kiss simply by the way she is standing. If her arms are crossed or her hands are on her hips, her feet are slightly apart and squarely planted, her eyes are narrow, her jaw is set he’d be better off cuddling with a cactus. Even if we’re having a tough day we should “soften” whenever our mate approaches us. Like Captain Kirk commanding the Enterprise we need to lower our shields, disengage our weapon systems, and prepare a welcoming party. Have you ever seen an engaged couple that wasn’t down right giddy to see one another? Take a cue from your dog and be happy to see your partner.

How we approach, how we receive our “better half” will go a long way toward how the rest of the day will go. Stop treating one another like the complaint department and more like the prince or princess you married. Does your stance toward your partner need to change?

-Pastor Joel Everhart

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