PASTOR'S DESK

Pastor Rod Schorr
21 December 2020
Pastor's Desk
   It happened like clockwork: right down to the last minute, the last detail. It may have taken the world by surprise, but it was all part of God's schedule; all part of God's perfect plan. Details of that plan had been popping up here and there throughout the ages—mysteriously hinted at in the str...
David Johnson
13 December 2020
Pastor's Desk
   “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God.” (Is. 40:1 NKJV) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” (Mic. 5:2 NKJV)   “Duri...
David Johnson
06 December 2020
Pastor's Desk
   Sunday, November 29th 2020 marked the first Sunday of Advent on the ecclesiastical calendar. The Advent season has always brought up warm memories of my family sitting down for Sunday dinner. After Thanksgiving the Christmas decorations would come out and with them the Advent wreath and its five ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
29 November 2020
Pastor's Desk
      I first read this powerful story in David Seamands' wonderful book The Healing of Memories, but it's been told by many others and even made into a movie: it's the true story of an amazing rescue.   The man's name was John Everingham. He was an Australian journalist in Southeast Asia, currently...
Pastor Rod Schorr
22 November 2020
Pastor's Desk
      Someone forgot to tell David Urey how to give up; how to stay in his place; how to take ‘no’ for an answer. So, he just kept at it; kept asking and because of that he saved a life and, for a brief span of time anyway, captured the hearts and the attention of Americans everywhere. David Urey’s ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
08 November 2020
Pastor's Desk
      I love the story of Abraham Davenport, a godly man, a true patriot; one of the forefathers that we should all be imitating. It certainly doesn't look like we are. Davenport was the Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives in the years just after the American Revolution; and one of t...
Pastor Rod Schorr
01 November 2020
Pastor's Desk
     I remember reading about a high school assembly that happened several years ago. The assembly was for the Seniors, and it was all about vocations and careers. A number of professionals had been invited, each to give a two-minute presentation of their particular calling and there, on the stage a...
Pastor Rod Schorr
25 October 2020
Pastor's Desk
      This is going to date a lot of us—and kids: if you're reading the Messenger today, you certainly should know about Johnny Unitas and I have two things to say about that: Johnny Unitas is worth knowing, and not everything valuable in life orbits around your generation. So...try to remember that...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 October 2020
Pastor's Desk
     There have been a number of miraculous elections in this dear land of ours, down through the years. Come to think of it, maybe every election is a miracle; certainly, each peaceful transition is. What a gift of God! Let's pray it happens this time too, dear ones.      But by far, the most mirac...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 October 2020
Pastor's Desk
      One day, the barber in our little village of Hsi Hu came by to visit and have a little chat. He sat in our living room for quite a spell. Mr. Huang was a young man with a lovely wife, two beautiful kids, and an insatiable curiosity for the things of the Western World. He would often question u...
Pastor Rod Schorr
11 October 2020
Pastor's Desk
      "Let us not become weary in doing good," we read in Scriptures. "for, at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Gal 6:9 It's a great verse, isn't it? And I don't know about you, but I find it very comforting that those early First Century Christians even needed a verse ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
04 October 2020
Pastor's Desk
      I love the story of the man who drove into a sleepy little town in rural New England. It was a historic-looking place and so, when he stepped up onto the porch of the little country store, he just had to ask the men who were sitting there:  "Say, have there been any famous people born in this ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
27 September 2020
Pastor's Desk
       Speaking of that 'last person on earth'- oh, we weren't? Well...let's!—we've spoken of it often enough before. I'm talking about the one special person in your life whom you've always considered to be "the last person on earth" to come to Christ. Everybody has one, you know; or maybe two or t...
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...

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