What a question, “Have I sinned?”  This is a question that causes each person to pause and to prayerfully search their heart.

As Bible believers, we know that the scripture say, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  All need God’s salvation. 

After salvation, we know and understand we can grow cold, careless and we can sin by living back with the world.

The word of God is a powerful force for good in our lives.  The Bible can instruct us, encourage us, and remind us that, “…the wages of sin is death.”

I John 1:8 is a great reminder, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

This whole discussion about truth and sin begins with the BIG, little word…IF.

“If” we say that we have no sin, then we are not being honest with ourselves.  The Bible actually says we are deceiving ourselves, or tricking or lying to our own intellect.

It is not the BIG sin inventory that takes our tender tears or robs our prayers for revival.  It is often the gossip, envy, or strife. 

What is sin?

Sin, in the Greek (HAMARTIA) = defined as “To act contrary to the will of God.”  To Have in the Greek (ECHO)= means to hold, to wear, or be linked to something, like being married or wearing a garment. 

Psalm 51:5 reports that…   “Behold I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”

We were not trained to sin, we never attended “sin” High School or “sin” University.  We were born with sinful natures and practiced a life of sin, by nature.  Our nature, our fallen character, it is just us!

Therefore, we need a Saviour!  We need someone to pay our sin debt.  Jesus is our Lord and Saviour and our Kinsmen Redeemer.  He paid my debt of sin with His Holy Life and sinless blood.

We need the abiding work of the Holy Spirit each day to control our flesh.   The Bible teaches us that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

Romans 10:9 reminds us to confess, to pray to the Lord, for there is to be no unconfessed sin in our lives.

We need a spiritual awakening and it must begin at church!                                                    

You are loved,   

Pastor Ralph

Have you ever watched one of your children or grandchildren at play? It doesn’t take very long until they start to hum a melody or to sing a song.

Why? Because they are happy! It just seems to come naturally for all of us to sing a happy tune. Whether singing along with the radio on the way to work or singing as you work, these are all expressions of joy and of happiness.

As people of faith, we have something to sing about! Psalm 40:3, “And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:”.

The joy of the Lord is my strength. Part of our new life in Christ Jesus is the joy of our salvation! Our sins are forgiven and we are celebrating the our sin debt has been paid. No Guilt!

Psalm 95:1, “O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” Verse 2 continues with “…and make a joyful noise unto Him with Psalms” (songs).

Psalm 96:1, “O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.”

We have praised the Lord with instruments and with song. We sing today with joy and thanksgiving!

The prophetic Psalms even declare the there is coming a “Great Day of the Lord.” In that day, Jesus will rule and reign and the entire world will sing unto the Lord. Psalm 100:1, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. ALL YE LANDS.” Psalm 101:1, “I will sing of mercy and judgement: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.”

God loves it when we sing! God loves it when you sing!

God loves it when the choir sings! God loves it when the Kingdom Heirs sing!

He loves it when we celebrate His love for us!

You are loved,

Pastor Ralph Sexton

 Just a note to remind all who may be involved, this week is Valentine’s Day. 

Every year on February 14th, people send cards to each other or buy candy or flowers for their special “Valentine”. It is a day to express love and acts of kindness. 

Tradition speaks of this day to remember the life of a Christian martyr, Valentinus. According to various accounts there may have been more than one martyr in the Valentinus family. 

Valentinus was placed in a prison in Rome, Italy, for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. Apparently the heart and romance connection came in his care for the Roman soldiers. The Roman Empire didn’t want the soldiers to marry, but they all wanted a life. Valentinus as a minister would perform wedding ceremonies for many that had been forced into the Roman Legions. 

After Valentinus’ arrest, imprisonment, and finally an ultimate sentence of death, the story goes that he prayed for the blind daughter of his judge. The account that was passed down through the Christian community was that the daughter was healed and her sight restored. 

Valentinus wrote her a letter of farewell before his execution. He signed the letter… Your Valentine. 

That Christian martyr died in Rome on February 14th in the year 269 AD. 

The day became associated with love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th Century. 

In 18th Century England, the day grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, candy and cards of greeting, which were known as Valentines. 

This day is to remember that love in our lives makes us kinder and more compassionate. 

Let’s remember the greatest “love gift” in the world when God gave us Jesus. Jesus then gave His life for us! 

We are loved beyond the descriptive power of words. Thank you Lord for loving us! 

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph 

Just a note to remind all who may be involved, this week is Valentine’s Day.

Every year on February 14th, people send cards to each other or buy candy or flowers for their special “Valentine”.  It is a day to express love and acts of kindness.

Tradition speaks of this day to remember the life of a Christian martyr, Valentinus.  According to various accounts there may have been more than one martyr in the Valentinus family. 

Valentinus was placed in a prison in Rome, Italy, for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.
Apparently the heart and romance connection came in his care for the Roman soldiers.  The Roman Empire didn’t want the soldiers to marry, but they all wanted a life.  Valentinus as a minister would perform wedding ceremonies for many that had been forced into the Roman Legions. 

After Valentinus’ arrest, imprisonment, and finally an ultimate sentence of death, the story goes that he prayed for the blind daughter of his judge.  The account that was passed down through the Christian community was that the daughter was healed and her sight restored.

Valentinus wrote her a letter of farewell before his execution.  He signed the letter… Your Valentine.

That Christian martyr died in Rome on February 14th in the year 269 AD.

The day became associated with love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th Century.

In 18th Century England, the day grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, candy and cards of greeting, which were known as Valentines.

This day is to remember that love in our lives makes us kinder and more compassionate. 

Let’s remember the greatest “love gift” in the world when God gave us Jesus.  Jesus then gave His life for us!

We are loved beyond the descriptive power of words.  Thank you Lord for loving us!

You are loved, 

Pastor Ralph

Our nation has been in a stress-test for the past few months.  The test is about the very foundation of our government, who we are as a people and what we believe or even know about the founding documents of our nation, that we function as a republic and not a democracy.

Our Declaration of Independence was based on the Biblical understanding of man and his nature with God is the source of all law.  This is the law of the creator, God.

Thomas Jefferson, the author of this Declaration, used the words life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.  This classic phrase was taught by John Locke (1632-1704) who influenced Jefferson’s pen with his writing of Civil Government.  This is a classic of political science and quotes the Bible 80 times.

Locke was convinced that humanity’s first allegiance must be to God and His Son Jesus.        
“As men we have God for our King, and are under the law of reason: as Christians, we have Jesus the Messiah for our King and are under the law reveal’d by Him in the Gospel.”

Our faith foundation and our rule of law foundation are being tested at an intensity not seen since 1776!  Our foundation stones are the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and even the 85 letters (known as the Federalist Papers) that were pro-Constitution and published in New York.  The writers of these letters to the editor were Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay.  All three of these writers professed faith in Jesus Christ.  Dr. David Gibbs, the legal scholar of our day, states that the essays of these three men are still cited in legal briefs and quoted in various court decisions.

This writer is the same James Madison who is called the father of our Constitution. It was Madison that wrote about the balance of power in government stating that all powers, House and Senate, Executive, and Judiciary would be held in check by the division of rule would provide the “checks and balances” we must have!

We must not abandon our core values in stressful situations or in tough days. We are a Christian nation.  We were built on Biblical principles.  We must not trade our foundation stones of faith and freedom for political correctness or a globalist world view.

God gave us freedom from sin through the gift of His son, Jesus.

God gave us freedom from tyranny as a people through the Bible based documents of the faith of our Founding Fathers.

May we be united in our prayers for our President, our House and Senate members, our Supreme Court and Judges. 

May God bless America spiritually again as we seek His face and return to the God of our fathers!       
You are loved,

Pastor Ralph