Pastor’s Corner

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 …

Death is not the Final Word!

Job’s godly character shines in the final chapter of Job.  Job’s 42:1-3,6. 42 Then Job answered the Lord and said: 2 “I know that you can do all things,    and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,    things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 6 therefore I despise myself,    and repent in dust …

Job’s Miserable Friends

Have you ever just wanted to call a friend and unload your troubles, find a shoulder to cry on or share with someone who can understand what you are facing?  There are times that our circumstances have no rhyme or reason.  We cannot change them.  We just feel like complaining to someone. We rant. Afterwards, we could feel a bit …

Suffering & Adversity

In the Old Testament account of the life of Job, we have an extremely important book that focuses on God’s sovereignty and human suffering.  While the subject of God’s sovereignty and human suffering is touched on in a number of places in Holy Scripture including some of the Psalms and the book of Lamentations, here we have a case where …

God is Not Safe

In The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe, part of the Chronicles of Narnia, written by C. S. Lewis, the main characters are finding out about the lion, Aslan, the King of Narnia from Mr. and Mrs. Beaver.  Here is the often-quoted exchange: “Who is Aslan?” asked Susan. “Aslan?” said Mr. Beaver, “Why don’t you know? He’s the King… It is …

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.