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                                                      Pastor's Blog

How Can a Loving God Send Someone to Hell? This question is asked a lot in our culture today. The Bible does say that God is love. How then can a loving God send someone to Hell? Obviously God’s modus operandi is to forgive repentant sinners and to show love, which is the message of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. [Read More...]

Where are the Millennials? Many of Immanuel’s members have read the Washington Post article by Rachel Evans, “Want Millennials Back In The Pews? Stop Trying To Make Church ‘Cool.’” If you haven’t yet, you can find the article [HERE]. Some have asked what the pastor thinks about it, so here is my two cents, for what it is worth! I am the “young” pastor here at Immanuel and am in the millennial camp (Born between 1980 and 2000) that Rachel Evans is speaking about. If you haven’t noticed, there aren't too many of us in church these days. Immanuel, for being as large as we are, only has about a handful of active millennial members. The question I receive at many a meeting is, “you’re the young pastor, how can we get young people like you to come to church?” The answer is complicated and there isn't a silver bullet, quick fix solution. No one wants to hear the words, be patient!  [Read More]

Which Religion Is True...Continued? In the article I wrote last week, we discussed how history is helpful in weeding out the religion that is true and the ones that are not. If a religion's history is false, then one cannot trust that religion's doctrine either. Another helpful measure of religion is the philosophical worldview that is taught in its doctrine. In other words, does a religion's teachings line up with the reality of life? A religion that is true, must teach what is true about human nature, life, purpose, ethics and so forth. The true religion will have the right worldview that aligns with reality. [Read More...]


Which Religion Is True? One of the questions I am routinely asked as a pastor is; there are so many religions in the world today, which one is the right one? They can't all be true because they all contradict each other.You may have heard some people say that all religions are the same. They are all paths to the same God. The problem with this statement is that all religions actually contradict each other. Hinduism believes that there are millions of different gods, but Muslims believe there is only one. Which is it? Islam believes that there are five pillars that a follower must do to earn salvation, while Christianity states that no one can earn salvation by works because it is a free gift of faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Which one is right? In fact, when you study religions closely, you begin to notice that all religions cannot be the same. These contradictions actually help us test them to see which one is true. [Read More...]


The Holy Spirit: How To Follow God's Voice How do we know when God is speaking? Life is full of many voices. How do we know if we're following God's will? Our world is also full of competing view points. How do we know what God wants us to do? Life is full of many decisions. God speaks to us through the Bible very clearly what His will is for our lives. There are many specific commands in the book of life. But God also speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. However, it is more difficult to discern God's will through the leading of His Spirit than reading the Scriptures. How do you follow God's voice? [Read More...]


Putting Pen To Papyrus! There have always been people who didn’t accept the Bible. Perhaps they wanted to live their life their own way, without God’s commandments interfering. Perhaps they didn’t buy the Biblical Worldview. Perhaps they even rejected the existence of God. For one reason or another the Bible has been under assault for a long time. Come to think of it, the Word of God was first assaulted by Satan in the Garden, when our adversary started with the words, “Did God really say…?” Today, an increasingly popular attack on Scripture is to say, “We don’t even know what the Bible says in the first place.” These critics are pointing out that there are variations between the many ancient manuscripts of biblical books. [Read More...]


Is The Church Going To Pot? Marijuana is a hot topic in America today. As I write this article twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, Connecticut included, and four states have legalized recreational marijuana. The millennial generation, those born between 1980 and 2000, seem to find no problem with marijuana use. There is a certain attitude that my father's generation likes their alcohol and we like our marijuana, and there is no difference between the two. A big question we should ask ourselves as followers of Jesus Christ is, is it wrong for Christians to use marijuana? The Bible never mentions specific marijuana use. However, there are some Biblical principles that do speak to using substances that harm our bodies. [Read More...]



Why The Bible Is Reliable: Part III of III There are some who even today propagate the theory that Jesus' disciples didn't really see a physically resurrected and living Jesus after his crucifixion and burial. Some believe that the disciples just made everything up. This isn't a new theory. The Jewish leaders said basically the same thing to cover up the empty tomb in Matthew 28:13. It sounds logical. Even as a pastor, I have been to many funerals and never once witnessed a body get up out of a casket and walk off! The problem is that those who believe the disciples made up Jesus' resurrection have a worldview that doesn't allow for miracles. Instead of being close minded, we should examine the facts and allow them to lead us where they may, to the truth. [Read More...]


Why The Bible Is Reliable: Part II of III The Bible is a unique book because it predicts future events with great accuracy. This can be a difficult idea in our modern age because we also know that no human being can know the future. The best we can do as human beings is create complicated models that predict outcomes, but even those are educated guesses based on probability and not certainty. And we all know how wonderful weathermen are at predicting the weather with those models! The Bible makes modern people feel uncomfortable because it does claim divine inspiration. If this is true, which it is, there should be evidence of God's knowledge of future events. [Read More...]


Why The Bible Is Reliable: Part I of III The Bible is the most scrutinized book in the world. Many have set out to prove it isn't true. Thankfully, the Bible is reliable and has withstood the test of time. A modern day example is Lee Strobel, an atheist who set out to disprove the Bible and ended up converting to Christianity. The following is the first part of a three part series: the three reasons why the Bible is true. And no, the first reason isn't because God or the pastor said so! [Read More...]


Haiti Mission Trip January 2016 If there is one word that I would use to describe Immanuel and its members, it would be MISSION. Our congregation has a passion for serving and reaching people with the love of Jesus Christ! We support missionaries around the world and we send mission teams from our congregation every year to share Jesus Christ. I am excited that our congregation will once again send a team to the orphanage we support in Haiti in January 2016. [Read More...]