PASTOR'S DESK

Pastor Rod Schorr
18 February 2018
Pastor's Desk
 Surprisingly enough, the Bible makes it perfectly clear that the entire world is 'without excuse' in its ignorance of the existence of God. Isn't that an amazing assertion? "For that which can be known about God is plain to them," we read, in Romans 1:19, "because God has shown it to them." But the...
Pastor Rod Schorr
11 February 2018
Pastor's Desk
 I love the wonderful story of Johannes Kepler, the legendary German astronomer and mathematician, now known to us as one of the early fathers of modern science. He was also a wonderful Christian and made no apologies about it. "I am only thinking God's thoughts after him," he once proclaimed when s...
Pastor Rod Schorr
04 February 2018
Pastor's Desk
IT'S HARD WORK TO KEEP A DROP-OFF LOCATION HUMMING. Dale and Carole Cole, logistics volunteers at Calvary Chapel Old Towne in Orange, California, receive shoeboxes at their drop-off location, then fit them like puzzle pieces into cartons, and finally take them to collection centers. In addition, the...
David Johnson
28 January 2018
Pastor's Desk
“Jesus answered her, 'If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.'” (John 4:10ESV) My prayer as a shepherd is to see the Sunday teaching, the unity in the Spirit, and the love for one another...
Pastor Rod Schorr
21 January 2018
Pastor's Desk
 I'm impressed with something John Stott once did while he was speaking at the annual Missions Conference of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. It was quite an honor to have the presence of this great evangelical leader and Biblical expositor, and the students were showing their enthusiasm with ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
14 January 2018
Pastor's Desk
 I'm still lamenting the fact that I have "read-up" all of my Sherlock Holmes (all the major stories anyway; I'm sure there are a few short stories untouched somewhere).  Why does all the drivel of life have to proliferate so, I'd like to know; and all the noble, uplifting stuff so rare?  Sir Arthur...
Pastor Rod Schorr
17 December 2017
Pastor's Desk
  (Final Edition for 2017) How telling those simple words in the Gospel of Luke: "For there was no room in the inn."  Lk 2:7  In fact, how utterly prophetic of our world today! To this very day, people still won't make room! Did you know that Isaiah predicted it, by the way? Incredibly, some 700 yea...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 December 2017
Pastor's Desk
 There was a period—several years ago now—when the ultimate spiritual enlightenment was supposed to be found in a 'maze' of all things.  I know that probably sounds ridiculous to you, who know your Scriptures so well; but even to this day a lot of people still take 'mazes' very seriou...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 December 2017
Pastor's Desk
Of course, I don't really believe in 'ghosts', nor that a house can be 'haunted', but that doesn't mean there weren't disturbing things present. An abandoned shed out back was teeming with fast-moving tarantula-like spiders, so I spent the very first week, spraying them and their horrible offspring ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
26 November 2017
Pastor's Desk
 "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus!" 1 Thes. 5:18"For this is God's will for you…" How remarkable that it is so! God is so much wiser than we are. He knows all about this 'circumstance' stuff! He knows, of course, about the troubling circumstances. But...
Pastor Rod Schorr
19 November 2017
Pastor's Desk
Our recent move with all its "aches"—head, back, heart: you name it!—has got me thinking about the other times we've done it.  Just how and when and why did I allow myself to accumulate all this stuff, I'd like to know? How utterly un-missionary I've become! It's shocking. Our very first move togeth...
Pastor Rod Schorr
12 November 2017
Pastor's Desk
Let's face it: the home is under siege in our culture today, and a lot of moms and dads are getting tired of fighting the battle. If you are not one of them—if you have built a home and are busy defending and protecting it, may God richly bless you for it! Don't stop now. Don't back down. Don't even...
Pastor Rod Schorr
05 November 2017
Pastor's Desk
There was a time, back in the 3rd Century BC, when the scholars, scientists, and intellectuals of Alexandria used to make fun of the man known as Eratosthenes. After all, the guy was only a librarian, wasn't he? What was he doing dabbling in the sciences, for crying out loud? In academic circles, ba...
Pastor Rod Schorr
29 October 2017
Pastor's Desk
This article was first published on August 31, 2003 by Pastor Rod Schorr  Call her foolish if you like—I'm sure many will—but, I for one, admire Lillian Alling. And lately, I have to say, I've been thinking about what she did and how much it resembles what you and I, as Christians in this world, are...
Pastor Rod Schorr
22 October 2017
Pastor's Desk
 I neither know, nor care, what side of the political spectrum this places me on, but I, for one, am disgusted with that Biloxi Mississippi School Board's decision to remove To Kill A Mockingbird from their High School curriculum. "There is some language in the book that makes people feel uncomforta...
Pastor Rod Schorr
15 October 2017
Pastor's Desk
I don't know how you feel about it, but I personally don't consider three successive visits to a hospital to constitute a dream ski vacation.  By the morning of our third day in Vail, as we headed to the hospital for yet the third time, I was moping, big-time: "What kind of ski trip is this?" Not th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
08 October 2017
Pastor's Desk
I always get upset when I hear people minimize the American Revolution. You're probably familiar with the people I'm talking about: limp-wristed professors who tell their moonstruck captive audience that it was all just "a war to enshrine capitalism"; haters of our nation who dismiss it as a "grudge...
Pastor Rod Schorr
02 October 2017
Pastor's Desk
Fall weather is setting in; we're finally closing windows at night; fans and air conditioners have spun to a halt at last,  and it has me thinking about the Summer that is behind us. And all I can say on that subject is: "Wow!"  What an incredible summer it has been! You know?—we began this year wit...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 September 2017
Pastor's Desk
   In our recent Messenger messages, we have been reading some amazing things about famed American evangelist Dwight L. Moody.  But did you know that his longtime “side-kick” Ira Sankey had a remarkable career and had his own amazing experiences in the service of God?      Ira David Sankey was a phe...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 September 2017
Pastor's Desk
There's one thing about a 'relay': it is never entirely about 'speed'. In a relay, you can be the fastest people on the face of the earth and still lose the race. Want an excellent example of that? The 2004 Olympics, which took place in Athens, Greece. That year, everyone knew that the American wome...