Pastor’s Corner

The Path of Godly Patience

Sometimes I really hate computers! There are times when I want to accomplish something that seems simple to me which I think will take only 10-15 minutes, but I come up against a technological snag and it takes more like 45 minutes! I can get so easily frustrated and quite impatient with these little annoyances in life.  I wish I …

The Path of Godly Courage

Joseph of Arimathea displays the attribute of godly courage as he comes to Pilate and asks for the body of Jesus after our Lord had died on Good Friday. Notice that in Mark 15:43, Joseph of Arimathea was described as waiting for the kingdom of God.  It would appear that his godly longing for the Messiah and the coming of …

Reconciliation & Righteousness

“21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which …

A Little R & R

Mark 6:31-32 says this, “31 And He *said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) 32 They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves.” The Lord Jesus in this passage reminds us of the truth that there is indeed a …

Soul Rest

by Alistair Begg While the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. Hebrews 4:1-2 Too …

I Want to See

I commend to you this devotional written by Rev. Alistair Begg. – Pastor Benner He began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ And Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him.’ Mark …

Access to God

The Temple in Jerusalem is a vivid illustration of the closed-door policy between God and the people that existed during Old Testament times. The following was the basic layout of the Temple: 1) the Outer Court had the most access, 2) the Holy Place had less access, and 3) the Holy of Holies behind the curtain had virtually no access. The Day …

Humble Faith of a Criminal

As Jesus is hanging on the Cross, there are two men who are being crucified on either side of Him.  In Luke 23:39-42, we see the contrast between these two men and how they respond to Jesus.  They are aware of the identity of Jesus, if only by the wording of the sign hung on the top of His cross …

Reading the Bible

The month of March has a special place in my life because it was during this month in 1977 that I came to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  I want to reflect on the process that led to my conversion as a Christian and some of the factors which greatly influenced me during this pre-conversion time.  In …

Do the Work of an Evangelist

In his second letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul remarks: 2 Timothy 4:5, “5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” I want to zero in on the work of an evangelist in the broader sense that all Christians are called to bear witness in word and deed to the saving message of Jesus …

Work Out Your Salvation

As we start a New Year, let us hear the words of Philippians 2:12,13: “12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12 …

God in the Flesh

If there is a word which aptly summarizes the meaning of Christmas, it is the word incarnation.  While the word incarnation is not found in the Bible, its theme is central to the message of our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming into the world.  Webster’s dictionary defines incarnation as embodiment, the incorporation of substance, flesh and blood. When we speak of …

Pastor Cedric Benner

Pastor Benner has a BA in Bible from Bryan College in Dayton and a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.