Entries by Greg Stiner

A Time for Fasting and Prayer – April 4th, 2020

The Congregations of the Midwest Presbytery are called to A Solemn Day of Fasting and Prayer The Midwest Presbytery is calling on her congregations to consider a day for prayer and fasting on Saturday April 4, 2020, for the purpose of seeking God’s help and mercy during this time of pestilence in our land.  “In […]

Building the Church Jesus’ Way

Until Jesus returns the church is a construction site, not the finished project.  Building Jesus’ Church by Confessing Christ In Matthew 16:18 Jesus said, “I will build My church” and the last 2000 years of history clearly demonstrate Jesus’ powerful resolve and ability to build His church.  The context of Jesus’ statement in Matthew 16 […]

Good Providences?

William Cowper 1731-1800 In conversation with a dear and well-meaning friend I had expressed my thanks to God for a particularly good providence. As soon as the words were out of my mouth my friend quickly informed me that we shouldn’t say something was a “good providence” because, God is good all the time and […]

SRPC Responding to a COVID-19 National Emergency

See SRPC Response to COVID-19 Video – 3/19/20 Beloved Congregation:   On Monday (3/16/20) our country’s President gave new national guidelines for responding to the current COVID-19 virus threat.  The guidelines tell the country to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people for the next 15 days to aid in slowing the spread of […]

Love, true love …

1 Corinthians 13 contains the Bible’s well known description of how love behaves.  There the apostle of Christ shows us the demands of love toward God and all mankind.  This is especially true of those who are given God’s gift of a circumcised heart (Deuteronomy 30:6).  A circumcised heart is one that is renewed in […]

A Lesson from the Divine Attributes

“To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal And compare Me, that we should be alike?” (Isa. 46:5)   We learn from the Bible that God is the All-Seeing, All-Knowing, All-Powerful Being, whose wisdom, knowledge and power have no limit.  We call this aspect of knowing God’s attributes, the doctrine of God’s Omni’s. […]

Counsel to a Friend in Christ – Dredging Up Past Sins

Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. (Prov. 4:26 ESV) A good deal of pastoral counseling is done in our sermons, other counsel is given in our weekly and daily interactions or in the communion of saints, and quite a bit is still given by letter writing or email […]

“This is My Body Which is Given For You”

“And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying,“This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”” 20 “And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you […]

Strangers in Danger

 “You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exo 22:21 NKJ). OT Israel had been a stranger, a foreigner or sojourner dwelling in Egypt.  Driven there by famine Jacob and his sons with their wives and children moved to the land of Pharaohs to stay […]