PASTOR'S DESK

Pastor Rod Schorr
17 June 2018
Pastor's Desk
This week, rather than search elsewhere for inspirational things to encourage us all, I'm finding so much of it right here at home! It's Tuesday morning; I'm back in the office after a nice day off and a great day of worship with you all. It's quiet this morning; rather uneventful, and I'm just refl...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 June 2018
Pastor's Desk
Embedded within all the lore that surrounds America's greatest preacher and evangelist is the story of the man who was saved—are you ready for this?—by a fly, of all things. I know, I know: it does sound rather 'legendary', but when it comes to George Whitefield, I've learned not to doubt things! Th...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 June 2018
Pastor's Desk
So many artists have done the scene—my favorite is Caravaggio—but I love them all actually.There is one feature that shows up in most of them that especially moves me. Almost without fail, the artist depicts Matthew looking up with a startled expression: he has been interrupted—oh! has he ever!—and ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
27 May 2018
Pastor's Desk
Sometimes it takes a desert to help us see what a real treasure is. Things you've always valued become worthless in the desert, and the simplest, most mundane things suddenly become a priceless treasure. That's one lesson I learned from a little book that I just love, called Death Valley in '49. Wri...
Pastor Rod Schorr
20 May 2018
Pastor's Desk
It comes across rather sternly, doesn't it? That fourth commandment: "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God..." All ten of the commandments are stern of course—after all, this is serious stuff. But this one especially so, with its additional warning:  "...for the Lord will not hold guil...
Pastor Rod Schorr
13 May 2018
Pastor's Desk
It's amazing what the Word of God can do to a smug, self-righteous heart. I certainly have my own story to tell in that regard. But, rather than talk about me, consider the experience of Myra Langley Johnson, who wrote of her own bitter resistance to the idea of "honoring" her mother. Years after he...
Pastor Rod Schorr
06 May 2018
Pastor's Desk
 Some of the most outlandish theories have been proposed to explain why that beautiful white tiger lunged at Roy Horn the way it did and mauled him around like a rag doll that night. It's been several years now, but I'm sure most of you remember reading about it in the news. It happened in October o...
Pastor Rod Schorr
29 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
"Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. 'I am willing,' He replied, 'Be clean'. And immediately the leprosy left him." Lk 5: 13By far, the most amazing thing—in fact, I believe, the most healing thing!—was that touch! Don't you agree? I don't know how long that poor man had suffered from hi...
Pastor Rod Schorr
22 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
I love the story of Mary Poplin. A sophisticated, scholarly professor at the very prestigious (and very liberal!) Claremont University, right here in Southern California. She was led to the Lord by one of her students! Can you believe it? A young 24-year-old minister of reconciliation. The story cam...
Pastor Rod Schorr
15 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
Editor's Note: Pastor Schorr was vacationing during our Messenger preparation time.  We have enclosed a previous articlefrom June of '96.One of the people I have admired most in life was a man who never went to school, could not write his own name, and who didn't even know that the earth turned! Mr....
Pastor Rod Schorr
08 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
Sometimes when the long grind of affliction sets in, the faithful Christian will start to hear some discouraging words; the same words that Job heard during his long ordeal: "You probably have some secret sin," someone might suggest. "There's something wrong with your faith." "Your prayers are too w...
Pastor Rod Schorr
01 April 2018
Pastor's Desk
by Bill Perkins, Exec. Dir. Compass InternationalPastor's note: Too busy to write my own article this week, but—very providentially— Bernie and Donna put this wonderful piece on my desk from the excellent Creationist Group: Compass International.  I pass it on to you. (from Compass Communique 2018 #...
Pastor Rod Schorr
25 March 2018
Pastor's Desk
I read a wonderful story, in a missions magazine several years ago, about a British missionary doctor, back in the early 1900s. He was serving in a remote little outpost clinic, deep in the heart of China, doing everything he possibly could to help people with their afflictions. One of the people he...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 March 2018
Pastor's Desk
Ours is the generation in which expecting answers—let alone having any!—is no longer in vogue. That puts Christians in the crosshairs, of course. We who claim to have found a "Way" are frowned upon as "smug", "arrogant", "presumptuous". You can't help wondering how we got this way as a nation. Well,...
Pastor Rod Schorr
11 March 2018
Pastor's Desk
Just in case you might have some doubts about the awesome, life-changing power of this mighty Word of God, let's pick a passage and sound the depths of it, shall we? And just for fun, let's pick the most obtuse, most (do I dare use the word?) uninteresting? (by carnal standards, yes!), most highly i...
Pastor Rod Schorr
04 March 2018
Pastor's Desk
 A couple of years into our second term on the mission field, while we were still teaching at Christ's College in Taiwan we heard the news that a young minister and his wife had moved into Kuan Du: the little town just down the road from us. He was going door-to-door every day, sharing his faith in ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
25 February 2018
Pastor's Desk
There is yet a third powerful proof of the existence of God that renders Man 'without excuse'. It is probably the most surprising of them all. It is you, dear faithful child of God; if indeed that is what you are! Yes, the children of God are a proof in themselves: "...children born of God— born not...
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...