PASTOR'S DESK

Pastor Rod Schorr
20 September 2020
Pastor's Desk
       I read something interesting about the Lincoln Bible. I'm talking about the Bible used for his inauguration, which was just loaned to him by a Supreme Court clerk—did you know?—when the Bible he loved-and all his personal belongings, actually—were delayed during the move to Washington.     It...
Pastor Rod Schorr
13 September 2020
Pastor's Desk
Some people can read the signs, others never will!  Lew Wallace, author of Ben-Hur         I was surprised to learn that America's most famous Christian novel—Ben Hur—was inspired by America's most notorious atheist! Written at his request, as a matter of...
Pastor Rod Schorr
06 September 2020
Pastor's Desk
 When evil reigns, is there any greater honor than to be...  The Exception.     I have always been a tremendous admirer of Gustaf Doré. My father had a collection of his famous pen-and-ink illustrations on his bookshelf and, way back in my earliest years, I would pore over that thing, page after pag...
Pastor Rod Schorr
30 August 2020
Pastor's Desk
 by Archie and Erin Johnson      There will come a time when the faith that you profess will be put to the test, as gold is tested through the refinement of fire.  This moment for me happened last Friday night at 9:58 pm.  Pastor Rod had sent out a mass email explaining that a pastor by the name of ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
23 August 2020
Pastor's Desk
     Last Sunday, right after the third service here at OT, I jumped in the car with a couple of our men and we raced up to catch the 1:00 service at Calvary Chapel Godspeak in Thousand Oaks. I somehow thought we'd get there on time, but it's at least a 90-minute drive and we arrived about ten minut...
Pastor Rod Schorr
16 August 2020
Pastor's Desk
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deut. 6:6–7 NKJV)If you have not read The Hiding Place by Corri...
Pastor Rod Schorr
09 August 2020
Pastor's Desk
      Far back into the record of my wife's ancestry is the story of a woman who was kidnapped by the Narraganset Indians. Her name was Mary Rowlandson, and she was Sharilyn's great-aunt eleven generations back; I don't even know what to call that except to string eleven 'greats' together.It happene...
David Johnson
02 August 2020
Pastor's Desk
    This past week at VBS was amazing! We saw God show up in many ways. I began working on VBS in January, before any of us had any idea that the world would change in a matter of three months.  I had picked John 16:33, as our theme verse, which says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you...
Pastor Rod Schorr
26 July 2020
Pastor's Desk
Article was written by Pastor Rod Schorr from our July 2001 Messenger Archives      There has never been a people quite as remarkable as the Karen of Burma. For centuries they had always been fiercely resistant to the efforts of their Burmese neighbors to convert them to Buddhism. And the Burmese ha...
Pastor Rod Schorr
19 July 2020
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       “You, therefore, must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Tim. 2:3 NKJV)        October 8, 1918, the soldiers of the United States 328th infantry were witnesses to the most unbelievable sight! They watched as three US Soldiers escorted one hundred and thirty-two German capt...
Pastor Rod Schorr
12 July 2020
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     Okay, I’ll just come right out and confess it: I am addicted to maps. I’m not sure what they call that addiction (cartoholism?), but whatever it is, I have it and I don’t really want to be cured. Sharilyn once bought me a huge, beautiful book called Early Sea Charts: it's one of the treasures i...
Pastor Rod Schorr
05 July 2020
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*Every Liberty Bell should be cracked!             Funny thing about that Liberty Bell that hangs in Philadelphia's Independence Hall: it began to develop a crack from the very first time it was rung. It was a massive thing: twelve feet in circumference, 2080 pounds; and it cost £100 too, which was ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
21 June 2020
Pastor's Desk
      The distance between Taipei and Southern California is only a quarter of the way around the globe, but on one particular day, I felt like I'd fallen off the edge of it. I think it goes down as the loneliest, strangest moment I've ever experienced.  I was sitting in an office with a Buddhist mo...
Pastor Rod Schorr
14 June 2020
Pastor's Desk
 The Christian who carries a chip on his shoulder, no longer carries the Cross       Take a good hard look at Leonardo Da Vinci's wonderful work: "The Last Supper". Can you see a smudge anywhere? Or at least some sign of re-working? It should be right there around Judas. Judas is the third man on ou...
Pastor Rod Schorr
07 June 2020
Pastor's Desk
I've read shocking things about the sinking of the Titanic; I wonder if you have as well. When the celebrated "Unsinkable" suddenly went down—"Why, not even God Himself could sink this ship"  was how one employee of the White Star Line had put it; did you know?—but when it went down into the icy wat...
Pastor Rod Schorr
31 May 2020
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      Back in 2003, we were all deeply moved by the details of the heroic rescue of Jessica Lynch. The US Army Private First Class was injured and captured during an ambush of her convoy while crossing the Euphrates near the town of Nasiriyah, during the invasion of Iraq. How miraculously that rescu...
Pastor Rod Schorr
24 May 2020
Pastor's Desk
           Last Sunday was awesome! I'm so glad we did this. It was so good to be together again and it was a very important start! Of course, it wasn't what we are all accustomed to, but we'll try to return to full normalcy just as soon as we possibly can.  I was so glad that we re-opened on that v...
David Johnson
17 May 2020
Pastor's Desk
 Sunday, May 17 is only a few days away, and we are excited to worship our God with all of you in person! Our staff has been extremely busy with preparations, and now I ask that you would help us with these preparations. First, and most importantly, let us endeavor to keep our unity! Our church has ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 May 2020
Pastor's Desk
         God bless all you dear members of our Savior's flock. I hope you know how deeply you are missed and how greatly you are loved. The pastors here, and their wives, are all praying for you as you endure this painful separation. Our elders, staff members, and other leaders join in those prayers...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 May 2020
Pastor's Desk
       I read the most wonderful story about a devout follower of the horrible Peter Singer. Perhaps you've heard the name. He is the so-called 'scholar' at Princeton University who teaches all his students not only that abortion is perfectly fine, but that infanticide should be legal as well if eve...

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