Archive for September 11, 2008

Why I’m Thankful   Leave a comment

   I’m thankful that God has given me such a loving family.  My wife is the best partner God could have possibly provided me.  I love her with all of my heart, and am totally committed to her.  My children are equal blessings as well.  They bring tremendous joy to my life and are truly the ‘apple of my eye.’  My parents, sister, and family ‘back home’ are certainly not to be forgotten.  I thank God for all the many things they have meant to me over the years; something that continues to grow with the passing of time. Read the rest of this entry »

When Darkness Reigns   Leave a comment

Even though he wasn’t putting up a fight or trying to talk his way out of being arrested, Jesus made an incredibly profound statement when they came to take him. 

 “Every day I was with you in the temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on me.  But this is your hour – when darkness reigns.” Luke 22:53, NIV.

 The story of Jesus’ betrayal has been taught and preached about since the day it happened.  It has been dissected and mulled over for centuries.  So instead of giving you all of the implications this event had in human or spiritual history, allow me to simply give you something to think about. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Easter, Holidays, Love of God, Sin

Welcome the King   Leave a comment

One of my favorite pictures in the Bible is the scene of what is commonly called the “Triumphal Entry.”  This is the time when Jesus enters Jerusalem in what we now refer to as Holy Week, the week leading up to his crucifixion.  

Somewhat of a miracle happens as Jesus secures his ride, but to me, more of a miracle happens when the ride heads to town.  Read the rest of this entry »

Vacation   Leave a comment

 To some, that’s a dirty word.  It becomes a dirty word for those who don’t know how to deal with it properly.  I know.  I used to be that person.

I’m a “Type A” person, meaning if I’m not busy, I’m not happy.  I must constantly be occupied or I simply don’t know how to function.  I used to be the Program Director of our local radio station back in Ohio.  Whenever vacation time came around, I would work feverishly to get as much work done as possible for the time I was going to be gone, and then work all kinds of extra hours after we returned to catch up on whatever I may have missed. Read the rest of this entry »

Urgent Message   Leave a comment

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – wtih great patience and careful in struction.”  2 Timothy 4:1-2, NIV.

 

All of those with the spiritual gift of evangelism said, “AMEN!”

 

Those without it sometimes say, “That’s right.  You go catch ’em; we’ll clean ’em.” Read the rest of this entry »

Unity   Leave a comment

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  John 17:22-23, NIV

Unity.  I have yet to encounter a church that hasn’t struggled with this concept in one form or another.  One of the biggest obstacles to unity in the church is when some of God’s people feel that unity means uniformity, and particularly to their ideas and ways of thinking.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Church, God's Will, Relationships

Trusting God   Leave a comment

It is difficult at times.  In fact, there are situations we encounter in our lives when we would rather blame God for our circumstances instead of seeking His comfort and counsel as we experience them.

Let’s face it; life really isn’t fair sometimes.  Satan’s influence can be seen all around our world.  We battle against terrorism, senseless killings, false teachings, and brutality for making a Christian stance.  This list could take pages, but you get the point.  Life is not fair and it is quite easy to blame God when we can’t make sense of things.  It is a temptation we all face, mainly because of its simplicity. Read the rest of this entry »