Posts by John Longmire (Page 35)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 35)

1 John 2:18-25

The AntiChrist Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. But you have been anointed by the Holy…

1 John 2:15-17

Do Not Love the World Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever. Pastor John’s Notes: We…

The Blessing of Jude

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling, and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Pastor John’s Notes: It is God who makes us holy, and only by his power and work within us are we able to stand in his presence.…

Wise Response to Unbelief

17 But you, beloved, must remember the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 for they said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.” 19 It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. 20 But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; 21 keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of…

Infiltration of Those Who Reject God

8 Yet in the same way these dreamers also defile the flesh, reject authority, and slander the glorious ones. 9 But when the archangel Michael contended with the devil and disputed about the body of Moses, he did not dare to bring a condemnation of slander against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” 10 But these people slander whatever they do not understand, and they are destroyed by those things that, like irrational animals, they know by instinct. 11…

Pastor John’s Response to the Florida School Shooting

It is with great sorrow that our nation faces yet another school shooting. It has become abundantly clear that these tragic events are not merely isolated incidents, but symptoms of a much deeper problem. This past week, we were not only shocked by the tragedy of the event itself, but we were again unsettled with the knowledge that unless things change, these events have become our new normal. Children are frightened, and parents are worried, and rightly so. Recent student…

Notes from Pastor John – December 15, 2016

Heather Hammel’s Call to Pastoral Ministry This past Sunday we celebrated the call of Heather Hammel, our worship associate, to pastoral ministry! Heather has engaged in a season of reflection on her call, and has been approved by the leadership of our church and the District Committee on Ordained Ministry. She will begin her seminary studies at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown this coming January, as she continues on in her current role here at the church. We are happy to…

Seeking God – Part One

GOD AWARENESS is something more than merely believing in the existence of God. It is the awareness of God’s very presence in our lives. God does not stand remote from us, nor is God a disinterested or impersonal force. God deeply loves us and wants to lead us forward. This awareness of God comes from the Holy Spirit, and is the starting point for an amazing spiritual journey and a series of new awarenesses: “There is a God who has…

Our Growth in Holiness

Our Growth in Holiness Jesus Christ has come to reveal God’s will to us. One of the passages of Scripture where the will of God is revealed is 1 Thessalonians 4:3 where St. Paul writes, “this is God’s will for you, your sanctification.” Sanctification is a word that is not often used in common speech, but it essentially means holiness or a process by which we are made holy. It carries with it a number of different ideas. A People…

God’s Will – The Renewal of our Minds

The Renewal of our Minds  God intends to renew our entire being. Part of the process of this renewal has to do with a change God wants to make in the way we think. The mind is a gateway to the soul. Generally speaking, we do not pay much attention to where our thoughts come from and why we think the way we do.  In order for us to experience transformation, we need to pay careful attention to our thought-life.…