Wednesday, April 29, 2020
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10 ). Metaphorically speaking, the church made up of all believers is the bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:25-27). We await the return of our bridegroom, the Lord Jesus. What a wonderful and glorious day it will be when we see Jesus, who will rule and reign upon this earth as King of Kings. This is the hope of all those who know Jesus as Savior. Even so, come Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20).
God bless, Pastor Tom.
Posted by Tom Chesko at 10:12 AM
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:9-11). The love of Jesus for a world of sinners is a love that cannot be equaled. It was an amazing, matchless, wondrous love. As ambassadors of Christ in this world, the Christian has been commanded by Jesus to let His love shine through them.This is never easy because we are still very sinful, and selfish people. However, by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us, we can do it. The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22). This time of upheaval, fear, and uncertainty in our country is the perfect time to show that we are Christians by our love. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others (Philippians 2:4).
God bless you all,
Posted by Tom Chesko at 8:51 AM
Monday, April 06, 2020
The prolific hymn writer, Fanny Crosby wrote, "One life to live will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last." I can hardly believe how fast my life is passing, and you probably feel the same way about yours. In the end what really matters? How many of our achievements will be remembered? The fact is that 100 years from now, every single person you personally know will be dead, and not one of them will be remembered. That's the sad reality of life. How many people can you name who lived in 1920? Who was the President of the United States in 1920? Who was the last King of England? “Go to now, you that say, today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas you know not what will be tomorrow. For what is your life? It is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:13,14). Consider these words as you consider the brevity of life: “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). The apostle Paul was willing to die for Christ; are we willing to live for Him? It’s only by living for Christ that we find a purpose in life that transcends this world. May God receive glory from the short duration of our earthly existence!Keep pressing on, Pastor Tom.
Posted by Tom Chesko at 2:06 PM
Saturday, April 04, 2020
The first miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding celebration in Cana of Galilee where he turned water into wine.The Scripture says, “This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him (John 2:11). All the miraculous works of Christ were the revelation of the glory/majesty of His being, as God in human form (incarnate).The Bible speaks frequently about the glory of God. “O , our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens” (Psalm 8:1). God’s glory has been revealed in the past in unique ways and will be in the future. “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen”! (Psalm 72:18-19). This Scripture speaks of the realization of the prophetic day when the whole earth will be filled with the radiant glory of Jesus Christ? Psalm 24:7 reads, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.” What a day of rejoicing that will be when Christ’s Kingdom comes to earth. If Jesus is your Lord & Savior, you will be among those who inherit the Kingdom of God. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). If you reject Christ as your Savior you will be among those who inherit a kingdom of everlasting torment (Matthew 25:41). Turn to Jesus, the King of glory while there is still time.
Posted by Tom Chesko at 12:31 PM
Thursday, April 02, 2020
The apostle Paul encouraged the Christians in the church at Philippi with these words, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Over the course of my Christian life I have found those words to be true. I have not received everything I asked for, but I have received everything I needed. Meditate on this Scripture from Psalm 68:19-20, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belong deliverances from death”. What a mighty and gracious God we serve. We are down and He lifts us up. We need strength for the day and He provides it. We needed salvation and God sent Jesus. We need deliverance from death and God will deliver us and we will be in heaven with Him forever (Psalm 23). The Lord is our all in all. Keep pressing on, Pastor Tom.
Posted by Tom Chesko at 9:20 AM
Monday, March 30, 2020
Every Christian knows what it is to face “the battle of their thought life” There are many Scriptures which admonish us concerning our thoughts, whether they be good or evil. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:4, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God.” “You are what you think” upon has a great deal of truth to it because thoughts lead to actions. James 1:14 makes this clear” every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finishes, bringeth forth death.’ This is certainly true as it applies to sinful thoughts, but our thoughts can affect our physical health, even when they are not overtly sinful. Especially when our minds are receiving a steady stream of bad news. Maybe you find yourself doing that today, as our country, and much of the world are facing something new and threatening to us, a global pandemic. We need to remind ourselves that God has not lost a grip on His plan for this world, and He always bids us to come to Him for comfort and rest. “In the multitude of my thoughts within me, Thy comforts delight my soul” (Psalm 94:19). The ESV translation puts it this way, ”When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul”. While many hearts are troubled these days, the solution is the consolation God’s Word brings. Now more than ever, is the time to hide that Word in your hearts.
Keep pressing on, Pastor Tom.
Keep pressing on, Pastor Tom.
Posted by Tom Chesko at 4:14 PM
Friday, March 27, 2020
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). These words that Jesus spoke to his disciples in anticipation of the time he would no longer be with them are his words to us today. At a time when life is not normal and people are anxious about many things, the Christian has an inner peace that translates into hope. Don’t let circumstances trouble and overwhelm your mind. Be at peace by trusting in the Prince of Peace and walking in fellowship with him. Trust and obey, for there is no other way to overcome your fears.
God bless, Pastor Tom
Posted by Tom Chesko at 12:15 PM