PASTOR'S DESK

Pastor Rod Schorr
12 July 2020
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Pastor's Desk
     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
Pastor's Desk
*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
Pastor's Desk
      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...
Pastor Rod Schorr
26 April 2020
Pastor's Desk
I don't suppose I fit the stereotype of a 'birdwatcher'—and I'm not one, really. I'm a hundred pounds too heavy, not that easy to conceal and way too impatient. That's always been my impression of bird-watching anyway. But that day in the Rockies, when I came across that Water Ouzel, I must admit I ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
19 April 2020
Pastor's Desk
A few weeks ago, as life trudged on under the shadow of the "V", one troubled soul came up to me and sadly asked: "Do you think we are in the end times, Pastor? The news keeps using the word 'apocalyptic'".  Oh, now why am I not surprised at that? This from the same group that used the word 'Carmage...
Pastor Rod Schorr
12 April 2020
Pastor's Desk
Speaking of this marvelous, courageous missionary—Darlene Deibler Rose—(I did last Sunday. Did you miss it? Check out the asterisk * below), there is a delightful moment, right at the very beginning of her incredible journey, that reveals how graciously our God works in our lives. Yes, in spite of o...
David Johnson
05 April 2020
Pastor's Desk
Local newspaper headlines have become tally counts of those infected with the corona virus in the last week. On Drudge Report this morning one of the major headlines was “April Canceled”! Weddings have been postponed (sorry Jenna and Jacob) and baby showers canceled. We are all fighting the temptati...
Pastor Rod Schorr
29 March 2020
Pastor's Desk
All this talk about—well, the "v"-word; I'm not gonna say it; I'm sure you don't want me to and my mom taught me not to—has got me thinking about that Gore Creek Trail. Oh, there's no risk of "v" up there! Of all the wonders of Colorado, that beautiful Gore Creek tops the list, in my estimation. I o...
Pastor Rod Schorr
22 March 2020
Pastor's Desk
Well! I'd like to keep you up to date but, for the life of me, I don't know what that means any more. Do you? And as I write this, it will change anyway. But here goes. Please read carefully because because there are a lot of changes here. God willing, they will be very temporary. We will have to ca...
Pastor Rod Schorr
15 March 2020
Pastor's Desk
"Come!" says the Master in one of Jesus' wonderful parables, "Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!" Mt 25: 34  What a marvelous promise this is to us all. Yes, to you too, dear faithful believer!—this promise includes you! God has prepared a Kingdom for you, from th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
08 March 2020
Pastor's Desk
 An interesting thing happened in the lab of a well-known MIT meteorologist, way back in the 60's. It has resounded throughout the scientific community ever since. It was 1961, to be precise, when quite by accident, Edward Lorenz made an incredible discovery. He was working on a computer model that ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
01 March 2020
Pastor's Desk
The story of Liz Curtis Higgs is an amazing one, and it drives home what we are dealing with here, dear faithful OT, whenever we proclaim this matchless Savior! Liz Curtis Higgs was one of the best-known disc jockeys in America at one time, but perhaps I should call her  "one of the most notorious"....
Pastor Rod Schorr
23 February 2020
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Pastor's Desk
There was a brief period, during our ministry days among the Hakka, in Taiwan, that I now look back upon as a kind of 'dark ages'. Not that the work wasn't always a challenge. But at one point, a sad conflict erupted within our team and—oh!—the more I tried to solve it, the worse it got. Our prowlin...

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