What Plan? A Plan? Who Has the Plan!

We all have plans for our lives. God has plans for us, too. The big question is, do our plans reflect God’s plans? If they don’t, to whose plan do we yield? Do you have questions about your hopes and dreams? Take them to the Lord in prayer.

It is only as we walk closer to His plan for our lives that we can experience the fullness of life He has for us. Turn every concern over to Jesus. He is the Good Shepherd who shepherds his sheep into green pastures and beside still waters.

Listen to His instructions. Follow Him with a keen expectation of His guidance.

A preacher summed it up when he said, “The greatest choice any one makes is to let God choose for him.” Let us follow God’s lead. It is Christ who chose us for His purposes. And all God’s people said. “Not my will but Thine be done.” — Ben

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Sermon: “Pass The Peace”

Sermon 10/19/2014, “Pass The Peace”
Rev. Ben Herlong

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Special Music, Ye Ole York Dulcimer Club

Melody, “I Feel Like Traveling On”, “I’ll Fly Away”
Ye Ole York Dulcimer Club

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How Much?

As we approach the holiday season, our attention begins to shift toward yearly expectations: Halloween activities (for whatever reason), then All-saints Sunday, Thanksgiving (turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce (for whatever reason). Christmas (Cantata, Christmas Eve service, for good reason) Saint Nick, gifts, and bills and bills and bills (for whatever reason), and finally, the budget (yours and ours {i.e. church budget} for necessary reasons). Yes, we see how we are “doing” as we approach year’s end. But church giving is not about “How we’re doing.” It’s not that haphazard.
Giving to the church is not about paying the bills or meeting the budget. It’s about a discipline between the giver and God to and through the church. The Bible lifts up the standard of one-tenth as the tithe. The word “Tithe” is the Hebrew word which means a tenth. Had the translators of the Bible translated the Hebrew word instead of transliterating it (writing it out in English letters) there would be no confusion from where the “tenth” originated. (That’s just for your information.) While the New Testament affirms the tithe, let’s not be legalistic. Instead, let us consider the ramifications of the following food for thought. “Help us to give according to our incomes….Lest Thou, O Lord, makes our income according to our gifts.” Sobering! — Ben

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Sermon: 10/12/2014

Sermon for 10/12/14
Rev. Ben Herlong

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Gideon’s Annual Message: 10/12/2014

Message from 10/12/2014
Annual Gideon’s Representative

 

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“But What Do You Think”

Sermon:  September 28, 2014
Rev. Ben Herlong

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The Church is Storming the Gates

​We live in a world created in holiness but sold under sin. Temptations lurk everywhere. The Bible tells us that the devil walks around like a hungry lion seeking whom he may devour. But before we get on the defensive, the Scripture tells us, concerning the devil, to resist Him by being steadfast in the faith!

​Jesus never tells us to cower before evil; quite the contrary. He says of His church, “The gates of hell will not prevail against it.” Gates are not an offensive weapon. They are for defense. Jesus is saying that hell cowers behind its gates in fear of the church which storms those gates! What a different picture that presents than that which a lot of Christians have. In spite of the devil’s lion-like bravado and his ability to intimidate and destroy those who cower from him, the good news tells us to resist him and he will flee from us as we submit to God!

​Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” If we are guilty of anything, let it be of storming the gates as we take the Gospel of Christ into the world. — Ben

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By the Grace of GOD

Many times we look upon the grace of God as that which only saves us from what our sin would otherwise have brought us. While grace does save us from undesired circumstances and judgments, it does more then we sometimes recognize. It is God’s grace that makes you what you are today as you have faith in Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 Paul states, “But by the grace of God I am what I am.”

Too often we look at the poor or homeless and say, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” While this is true, there is also a tendency to imply that the grace of God is not with the poor or homeless or else they would not be in that situation. The fact is we are where we are by the grace of God.

Let me ask. Have you ever seen someone driving out of the driveway of their million dollar home, in their hundred thousand dollar vehicle, wearing their one thousand dollar suit and said, “There, but for the grace of God, go I?” Well, try it. It’s true! As we follow Christ, what we are and have, comes by the Grace of God. Whether we have little or much it is by God’s grace as long as we are following Him. Indeed, to gain the whole world by following our own devices, is to reap eternal consequences just the same as if we become poor because we follow our own devices. But as we follow Jesus, we are rich in the true riches whether we are poor or rich in the things of the world. And we can be assured in following Him, we are what we are by His abundant grace. — Ben

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Sermon: 9/21/2014

Sermon, 10:30 Service
Rev. Ben Herlong

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