For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
As we rush toward the end of summer, that final weekend we call Labor Day, the heat and humidity remain high, and one other item we deal with at the Jersey Shore also remains — Traffic!!! Those visitors that migrate south on Friday afternoons, seeking a brief respite from their daily experiences, and returning home Sunday evenings, create a tension on the roads every year. The Garden State Parkway and numerous other North/South roads resemble parking lots at certain hours of those days. This weekly occurrence somehow reminds me of life in general. People constantly on the move, looking for a 48 or 72 hour period of peace and calm. Jesus, when promising to send the Holy Spirit, in John’s Gospel chapter 14 verse 27, told His disciples (and all who have or will ever submit to His Lordship); “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you – I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” We will pack, make reservations, drive in the aforementioned traffic, with horns blasting (as if their noise would speed up the delay) – all for a temporary peace. Yet Jesus offers to all a peace that surpasses human intellect (Philippians 4) When we reach out to Him, in prayer, there is no traffic jam, no delay in reaching our destination, and no breaking down on the side of the road. The requests we make are heard even before the words are uttered (Isiah 65:24 & Psalm 139:2). Faster than the speed of light, sound, or even (if one could measure it) the speed of thought. Getting away on a vacation or even a day or two to rejuvenate and relax is a wonderful thing in our busy world – but it’s only temporary! When we seek the peace of heaven, Sar Shalom ( the Prince of Peace ) will give us a peace that we need not return from, an everlasting Peace that comes in the person of the one who said, ” I will never leave you or forsake you ” (Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5) to all who acknowledge His Lordship in their lives.
In His Peace,
Rev. Larry Sassmann
The book of Judges ends with ” In those days Israel had no king: everyone did as he saw fit “. Solomon’s words from Ecclesiastes 1:9 can certainly be applied here, for without the Lordship of the true King of Kings ruling in our hearts, mankind still is doing whatever he sees fit. Crime rates are up, American cities with the strictest gun laws have the highest violent crime rates! Millions upon millions of innocent lives have been ended legally by means of abortion since the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade. Now the main provider of that horrific milieu of death has been exposed in interviews, bragging about the profit made from the sale of human parts, by “perfecting” the technique used in this mass murdering, preventing organ damage. The Middle East and Northern Africa are being purged of any Christian influence, by ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Queda, and other terrorist organizations, both by the executions of those, who proclaim Jesus as Lord, and in the destruction of buildings and artifacts that would attest to the validity of the Judeo-Christian heritage in the area. Even in Europe and North America some influenced by those oppressors of good, have tried to instill fear in the hearts and minds of those living in freedom. Governments are giving in to groups that would remove any references to the Almighty in public areas. Truly, as the prophet Jeremiah stated in Chapter 17 verse 9 in his writing 600 years prior to Christ’s birth, ” the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it ?” All the while the repeated daily occurrences of the aforementioned atrocities are creating a desensitizing to the point where what should be considered shocking is looked on by many as a matter of fact. Thank God that He put a way of change into effect. Ezekiel 36:26 tells us ” I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you, I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Jesus, in His vicarious death on the cross has made this new heart possible for all. He changes hearts through the Holt Spirit. As we share His love in this age light can and will drive out the darkness. Are you doing “as you see fit” today ? Or have you allowed his law to be written on your heart…
Rev. Larry Sassmann
The traditional Good Friday/Easter celebration season is over for 2015. We have heard soul-stirring hymns, light-hearted choruses, challenging messages, all relating to the great fundamental theme of the Cross and Resurrection. Fifty days from the Cross comes Pentecost, and we will hear about Jesus’s great gift to his people, the Holy Spirit, to empower us for his mission of bringing his gracious gift of forgiveness and new life to the world. As wonderful and inspiring as these special services are, we lose much of our Christian heritage and potential if we allow them to fulfill the need to hear of these truths continually in our Christian walk. To help us hear and live these realities in our daily life, we are going to repeat the Good Friday service and Easter Sunday message. This is in response to requests to repeat the service, from many of our folks who had to miss the services. So on May 17 our Sunday morning celebration will consist of these events. Those who gave the Good Friday messages will repeat them, and some of the same songs will be sung. This is encouraging to our people, many of whom never spoke publicly before. So be sure to be here May 17. The Sunday after that is Pentecost Sunday, so Pastor will be bringing a message on the promise and power of the Holy Spirit as a present day supernatural reality.
Dr. Richard L. Shaw Ph.D, Pastor
“Can We Trust the Bible?” is the theme of a new study, “The Bible and Its Context,” starting Wednesday, April 29, that will answer questions such as, “How do we know that the book we call the Bible is the complete and authentic Bible?” “What about the so-called ‘lost books’ and other gospels?” “Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene and did they have a baby together?” “What about Mormon claims for the Book of Mormon?” “How accurate is the Jehovah’s Witness New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures?” The Rev. Richard Shaw, Ph.D, Pastor of Calvary Chapel of Monmouth County, leads this seminar at the church, located at 810 Hwy. 36, just north of the Wawa in Leonardo. Meetings start at 7:00 PM, and questions will be welcomed during the six-week study. Future seminars will study Hermeneutics (principles of interpretation), Counseling, Christianity and Islam, Creation vs. Evolution, Calling the Cults to Christ, and the Philosophy of Christianity, though not necessarily in that order. Everyone is welcome; No charge. Please call 732-489-1314 or 732-766-3149 for directions to Calvary Chapel.
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Rev. Richard Shaw