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Pastor's Corner - March 19, 2020: The virtue of humility

One distinctly Christian characteristic is the virtue of humility. No one naturally likes to be humble, a word that is rooted in ideas of lowliness, poverty, submission or subjugation, and debasement (Prov 22:22-23; Amos 2:7; Zech. 7:10). Everyone...

 

Pastor's Corner - March 5, 2020

“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.” --Proverbs 24:10 “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” --Napoleon Hill Have you ever come...

 

Pastor's Corner - Feb. 20, 2020

How many of you have bought a birthday or Christmas gift only to get it home to find out that “Batteries Not Included” was hidden in small print on the packaging. How frustrating is that? You have already bought the gift, now you have to buy batt...

 

Pastor's Corner - Feb. 6, 2020

Vince Lombardi, the coach of the winning team of the first two Super Bowls, once said, “Football is a great deal like life in that it teaches that work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, s...

 

Pastor's Corner - Jan. 30, 2020

And at the end of 10 days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus, the steward took away their portion of...

 

Pastor's Corner - Jan. 16, 2020

Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman statesman who lived from 5 BC-65 AD, made a statement that should be written and remembered in 2020. He said, "We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    December 12, 2019

Pastor's Corner - Dec. 12, 2019

“…forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus…” --Philippians 3:13, 14 George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “A life spent making...

 

Pastor's Corner - Oct. 31, 2019

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” -- The Golden Rule “For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be...

 

Pastor's Corner - Oct. 10, 2019

No, I am not going to preach you a sermon this morning; this verse is just apropos to what I have been thinking about and dealing with -- thought maybe some of you have, also. Have you ever just...

 

Pastor's Corner - Aug. 8, 2019

“…Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 This is one of my favorite Psalms and one that has helped me through some tough bumps in the road of life. We all have...

 

Pastor's Corner - Aug. 1, 2019

A lawyer once asked Jesus, “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment?” Jesus replied, “Love God with everything in you, and secondly love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:36-40). Who...

 

Pastor's Corner - July 25, 2019

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” --Genesis 6:8 I am not going to bore you with how I happened upon this verse concerning the time of the great flood and righteousness of one man;...

 

Pastor's Corner - July 18, 2019

In the fall of 1958, it was the day of our an annual athletic physicals in our small rural community. On this appointed day every would-be athlete walked down to the local clinic to see Dr. Helmut...

 

Pastor's Corner - July 11, 2019

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” -- Abraham Lincoln Doesn’t it seem as you look around, read the newspaper or listen to or watch the daily news that one of the key concepts missing in all of...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    June 20, 2019

Pastor's Corner - June 20, 2019

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must Be lived forward.”--Kierkegaard Is that statement right on target or what? I read that quote in a book I am reading, and it hit me squarely between the eyes! I suppose said another way is more f...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Pastor's Corner - June 13, 2019

“To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, Knowledge and happiness…” --Ecclesiastes 2:26 ESV “True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” -- Helen Keller PASTOR JIM NEAL...

 

Pastor's Corner - May 30, 2019

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7 Every choice you make has an end result. Zig Ziglar If you were a salesman of any ilk from...

 

Pastor's Corner - May 9, 2019

[BEGIN ITAL]“For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me.”[END ITAL] Job 3:25 As a boy growing up, I would often hear my Dad say, “Boy, that guy has the patience of Job.” So I grew up thinking our...

 

Pastor's Corner - May 2, 2019

This sentence reached out and grabbed my attention this morning: “We’re preaching the gospel to the graveyard.” It’s from an article entitled, “Hope for Evangelism in a Secular Age,” by Akos Balogh. I found it on The Gospel Coalition...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    April 18, 2019

Pastor's Corner - April 18, 2019

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, Your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -- Mahatma Gandhi I heard a speaker say one time that the...

 

Pastor's Corner - April 11, 2019

PASTOR JIM NEAL You like I have read and heard the admonition that “it takes three times the muscle work to frown than to smile, so quit working yourself to death and smile.” I’m no muscle...

 

Pastor's Corner - April 4, 2019

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have appre...

 

Pastor's Corner - March 29, 2019

The Fresno Diocese has two bishops; however, a diocese normally only has one bishop. Because of this, the second bishop is called an “auxiliary bishop.” Nevertheless, we actually have two bishops. Bishop Joseph V. Brennan will be taking over our...

 
 By Jim Neal    Opinion    March 21, 2019

Pastor's Corner - March 21, 2019

Do you long for a comfort zone? Nido R. Qubein says in his little book “Attitude: the remarkable Power of Optimism” that a comfort zone is a place to rest, to be safe and a place to be comforted and coddled. Sounds like a nice enough place to be...

 

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