PASTOR’S CORNER

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 …

Finding Myself

“The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. There is so much of Him that millions and millions of ‘little Christs’, all different, will still be too few to express Him fully. He made them all. He invented— as an author invents characters …

A Tribute

In Memory of Matthew Charles Ryan, July 6, 1931-February 24, 2021      During this month’s Pastor Corner, I would like to pay tribute to my dear father-in-law, Matthew Charles Ryan.  Chuck was a true father figure to me and a consummate Christian gentleman. There is so much I could say about Chuck’s noble character but I will only mention a …

Gaining Wisdom

Psalm 90 is a prayer showing the great contrast between God who is eternal and us who are both finite and sinful.  Psalm 90:1,2 describes who God is and what He is like in these words, “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even …

Be IN Christ

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, I started a new series for our Wednesday evening Bible Study entitled “Union with Christ.”  This series strikes at the very heart of our identity as Christians, that we are in Christ. This is a very common way for the New Testament writers, especially the apostle Paul, to describe followers of Jesus Christ.  When we …

Hope for a Better Year

Did you try to make New Year resolutions or wish to turn your mind to thoughts of a better new year only to find your mind filled with thoughts of the seemingly unending difficulties from 2020?  This new year of 2021 is unique as we desperately wish to place the tensions of 2020 far behind us.  You require no exhaustive …

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 …

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.