PASTOR'S DESK

Pastor Rod Schorr
22 December 2019
Pastor's Desk
This Christmas season, as I have always done—for, oh, how many years now?—I will be singing one of my favorite Christmas songs: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".I know. I know, it's a thoroughly secular song! Don't get on my case about it, and don't wreck it for me either. I'm still gonna si...
Pastor Rod Schorr
15 December 2019
Pastor's Desk
   Life becomes good when you make Christ your King.  And I can't think of a better time to do that then the Christmas season, can you?   Norm Dwight tells the story of a young youth pastor who took over the ministry of a very affluent, snooty church up in the Bay area. The poor guy was totally unpr...
Pastor Rod Schorr
08 December 2019
Pastor's Desk
(May you be encouraged by this article from December 14, 2003 written by Pastor Rod.)Gordon MacDonald, the well-known Christian author, and editor of Leadership Quarterly, once wrote about an encounter he had several years ago--an encounter very much invested with the meaning of Christmas. He had ju...
Pastor Rod Schorr
01 December 2019
Pastor's Desk
(May you be encouraged by this article from December 3, 2003, written by Pastor Rod.)Pray, dear Christian! And don't let anything deter you from it! Pray for the hurting ones! Pray for the lost! Why is it important? What's the big deal? Think about it, dear Christian! The reasons go far beyond filli...
Pastor Rod Schorr
24 November 2019
Pastor's Desk
     You know? The older I get, the more convinced I become that my early education was a rather myopic one. Am I the only one that feels that way?     Not that I'm complaining. It was all just fine; perfectly understandable really. We didn't have time to study Samuel Hearne. After all, he explored ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
17 November 2019
Pastor's Desk
   I absolutely love the final chapters of Hampton Sides' great book Ghost Soldiers: the incredible story of the Cabanatuan Rescue, where US Army Rangers liberated a Japanese concentration camp toward the end of World War II. If you like that sort of thing—and if you have the stomach, I must add—I s...
Pastor Rod Schorr
10 November 2019
Pastor's Desk
Read this carefully, dear Christians, because I think we all need it; especially these past few weeks when so many of our dear congregation have been beset with trials and afflictions. Recently, it seems as if every free moment has been spent at the hospital, at bedsides, at gravesides, comforting a...
Pastor Rod Schorr
03 November 2019
Pastor's Desk
One of the missionaries I worked with over in Taiwan was a retired engineer named Joe Farlow. Every once in a while I would be in the same vehicle with Joe, traveling the busy streets of downtown Taipei, and I would hear him comment on some of the construction that was going on around town. You had ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
27 October 2019
Pastor's Desk
I'm sure I learned a great many things during that very challenging Gospel work among my Hakka friends and neighbors in San Yi, but there are two things in particular that I've not forgotten and that I still draw on today in my pastoring here in the States:1. It's the Word of God, not my word, that ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
20 October 2019
Pastor's Desk
Article written by Pastor Rod for the October 5, 2003, MessengerThere's only one reason why Captain Cyrus Harding and his little band of men in the balloon ever made it to dry land instead of perishing at sea, and that was because they seriously re-examined the 'necessities' of life and cut some of ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
13 October 2019
Pastor's Desk
We pushed our way through the beaded curtain and into the room. There was Grampa Huang, lying on the bed. The grieving family thanked me for coming and then left us alone with him. Alan spoke first, explaining who I was and why I had come: "Grampa. My teacher has come. He wants to tell you about Jes...
Pastor Rod Schorr
06 October 2019
Pastor's Desk
This much I've learned: that God will gladly use anyone, of any stature and station, to reach the lost. Doesn't that dear woman-at-the-well bear this out best of all? She brought her entire town to the Gospel, as I mentioned last week. I've learned this also: that nothing we do to help reach the los...
Pastor Rod Schorr
29 September 2019
Pastor's Desk
This may sound a little un-Biblical, but the way our world will be reached for Christ is an awful lot like Uranium. Or to be more precise: what happens to Uranium, when a neutron pierces its core. I'm talking about the process of fission and, if ever there was something wondrous to behold, it's the ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
22 September 2019
Pastor's Desk
When it comes to making a lasting difference in this world, the only people who will get the job done are the passionate ones, with burdens on their hearts and prayers on their lips. It seems as if all my reading these days has been about passionate people.John Vassar sure is a good example (1813-18...
Pastor Rod Schorr
08 September 2019
Pastor's Desk
 Most people speak very highly of Queen Victoria, of course. She is, after all, one of the great figures in the history of western civilization. But, frankly, I'm more impressed with Alice.Alice was one of Victoria's daughters; her second daughter actually. Princess Alice is a true hero, in my book....
Pastor Rod Schorr
01 September 2019
Pastor's Desk
I've been thinking quite a lot, recently, about our Savior's final instructions to us all. Remember what He said, right before His great departure: His ascension?      "...you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth." Acts 1:8We worship a Savior w...
Pastor Rod Schorr
25 August 2019
Pastor's Desk
Several years ago, State Farm Insurance sponsored a nationwide study of traffic accidents at different locations, and they came up with a list of 'the most dangerous intersections in America'; I think they've been doing it ever since. Interestingly enough, that very first year, number one on the lis...
Pastor Rod Schorr
18 August 2019
Pastor's Desk
A lot of people may not know this—though they certainly should!—that America was started by a church. Did you know? Almost all of the passengers on board the Mayflower were members of one church—a little house church in the tiny town of Scrooby, England. The believers were all Separatists, refusing ...
Pastor Rod Schorr
11 August 2019
Pastor's Desk
Apart from one funny little misjudgment in life, I'll have to say that I admire Chief Crowfoot more than just about any other Native American leader. And that's saying a lot, actually: quite a few of those tribal chiefs were pretty easy to admire. You can probably detect, in Crowfoot's photo, a cert...
Pastor Rod Schorr
04 August 2019
Pastor's Desk
Pastor Rod is just coming back from vacation this week, We hope you enjoy this article he wrote in 2004.I sure am glad that history doesn't always listen to Congress when it speaks. If it did...well, America wouldn't be what it is today, that's for sure. In fact, you and I wouldn't even be...

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