Posts by John Longmire (Page 49)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 49)

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.…

God’s Will – The Salvation of All Humanity

The Salvation of all Humanity God desires the salvation of all humanity. God does not desire merely the salvation of a few, but wishes to extend his grace to the entire human race. The following verses express this will of God clearly: “Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn from their ways and live.” (Ezekiel 33:11) “This is good and pleases God…

Knowing God’s Will – Our New Alternative

Our Desire to Know God’s Will Most Christians have a desire to know God’s will. The purpose of this series is to examine the passages of Scripture where God clearly reveals his will. Once we understand God’s overarching will for all humanity, we are then able to bring our own lives into alignment. Our New Alternative Knowing God’s will is our new alternative. The problem many Christians face in relation to God for is that our perspective is often backwards.…