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The Pastor’s View2020-01-17T11:54:14-06:00

February 2020

I want to say thank you to all the people who worked so hard to get the parsonage ready for my family and I. We feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful home, and we’re already very happy to have been called to serve here at Zion Lutheran Church and looking forward to what God has in store for us in the following years.  I’ve already gotten to meet many of the church members, and I appreciate everyone understanding that while most of you have my name memorized already, it’ll take me some time to get the right name with everyone else’s face.

I’m sure the many pastors who have preceded me have all served you well by proclaiming the Word of God, and they have also each had unique gifts and passions when they’ve served you. As a young father I’m very passionate about helping young families understand the blessings which come in regularly hearing God’s Word both in church on Sunday morning, as well as studying God’s Word as a family in their own homes.  The best way we can work to support young families, especially those with young children, is to shower love abundantly upon them when they’re in church. We’ve already taken our first step by saying aloud during the worship service that when we hear the sounds of children in the church we say     “Praise be to God! There are children in the church!”  Take this one step further by saying it outside of the church as well. If you’re at someone’s house and there are noisy children in the room, tell them about your new pastor. Say to them “Pastor Kyle would love these kids in church. He loves to hear noisy kids during worship so much, he even has the whole church say so!”

We must cherish the sounds of children in church because it reminds us of the faith we need to have as Jesus said when putting a child in the midst of the disciples, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  See you at church,   Pastor Kyle McBee

 

January 31st, 2020|

January 2020

 Peter 4:17 – “For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” The Gospel had freed us from all fear. God the Father loves us to the ends of love, and He has sent His Son to die for us and call us into His kingdom through the rebirth of water and Spirit. Saint Peter views this not as an excuse to sin but as encouragement for godly living. The judgment of the Lord is a real event, and it applies to the household of God. As members of His household, we desire to serve Him.

 

Matt. 3:15 – “But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ ” The reason God sent His Son into the world is to fulfill all righteousness for us, to do what we could not do. So here Jesus plunges Himself into our sins and soaks them up in His Baptism, so that in our Baptism we might be cleansed and renewed. The whole of Jesus’ life, everything He did and said, was one great offering to the Father in our stead to fulfill all righteousness for us. All our offerings back to our Lord are in thanksgiving for this one great, true offering.

 

 

Thank You! I want to thank Zion Lutheran Church and it’s members for the cards and the generous gifts that you have given.  The words of love and exhortation were certainly a large part of the gift all of us celebrated last weekend, even Jesus incarnate.  May God continue to bless you, that you might have a joyous and prosperous Holiday season and New Year Glorifying God, Serving Others and Imitating our Savior.

Pastor Daryl Tompkins

 

January 4th, 2020|

December 2019

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24

I thank God that I have been afforded the opportunity to serve this congregation. Trudi and I want to wish you and yours the most blessed holiday season in Christ Jesus.

When this time of year comes around, I find it challenging to find Bible passages that reflect the times. We have Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas and a New Year. I think I may have found the passage that expresses my feeling about this season of hope, joy and love. St. Paul writes a final note of encouragement to the Thessalonians as he makes his way to Berea after being threatened.

Read again this short passage and we can find ourselves thinking of the joy of being in Christ Jesus as we give “thanks” for family and friends as we come together in Christ. (Rejoice always) We give “Thanks” in every circumstance, whether challenging or successful. Our relationship, as believers, remains sure through Jesus Christ. (Rejoice always) We approach God’s Word in prayer through the Spirit, that we come to an understanding of both Law and Gospel, holding fast to the truth of Holy Scripture. (Rejoice always)

I come to the end of this Holiday prayer for your encouragement and our combined joy with those words of St. Paul that brings all of this together: “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (Rejoice always)

From all of us to all of you… Have a Joyful CHRISTMAS and a prosperous New Year!

Pastor Daryl and Trudi Tompkins

 

December 3rd, 2019|

November 2019

Grace, Peace and Mercy to you from God the Father, God the T Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

I have been studying the “Right Hand” of God, literally, for several years. I love to study many of the topics that Holy Scripture reveals to us. May the Lord be with us as we explore the “Right Hand” of God

First, we should probably establish the object of this short study. I want to bring you the thesis that the right hand of God is truly our Salvation, even Jesus Christ. As Christians, you would agree that Jesus is part of the Holy Trinity as we confess in the words of the Symbols of the Church, i.e., the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed. Through our Baptism we have our sins washed away, we are imbued with the spiritual gifts that God has prepared for us from the beginning and we are adopted into His holy family. With these two things in mind, the Symbols and our Baptism, “Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” Romans 8:34 Let’s look at what Scripture describes as the work of His hand. The writer of Hebrews simply tells us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) Words like these point us to that which we have confessed in the Symbols laid out above. Showing us the perfecter of our faith as the living and loving God, the Psalmist writes, “11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 (ESV)

Is it not true that faith worked in us, not by our merit or treasure, but by faith in the hope of pleasures forever more, gives us the encouragement we need to do God’s will as we find it in His Book. Not perfectly, but with persistence knowing that the “Right Hand” of God gives us forgiveness of our sin, our guilt and wraps us in His love even forever more.

The following will give you encouragement and hope for your life as a Christian and member of God’s family:

Psalm 17:7

Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.

Psalm 139:10

even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

Psalm 98:

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

Psalm 18:35

You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my prayer is that you have seen the Lord at work and the way that He deals with you even from the beginning. Take advantage of His powerful “Right Hand” for the times in your life when you feel all alone or swamped by life. In Christ you have a steadfast friend who never forsakes you, rather walks with you through this life’s trial’s and temptations so that you might: “Glorify God, Serve Others and Imitate our Savior.                                                                                                     

Pastor Daryl Tompkins

 

 

 

 

October 31st, 2019|

October 2019

Eph. 3:20-21 – “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” God delights in exceeding expectations and in pouring out mercies in abundance. This truth stands in contrast to our fears about lacking what we need for “this body and life.” We have an abundantly blessing God who has proven His love for us on the cross. How could we not trust Him? How could we not respond to His love with generosity toward His mission in the Church? How could we not have a desire to imitate Him in blessing others?

1 Cor. 1:4 – “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus.” The grace of God and thanksgiving go together. God has given us everything we possess and everything that we are. He is the Giver. Once we realize this, then thankfulness wells up inside of us. How could it not? As Paul shows us here, it’s not only the grace given to us individually that causes us to give thanks but even the grace given to others. We certainly have much to be thankful for when we look at the gifts of grace all around us. And how do we say thank you to the Lord? In any number of ways – in prayer, in sacrificial giving to His mission, and in imitating His love and kindness to those around us.

Pastor Tompkins

October 2nd, 2019|

September 2019

Luke 18:14 “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other.  For everyone who exalts himself  will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Our works never impress God  they are always lacking in some way, and they always fall short of perfection.  So, there is no point in taking pride in our works. But a broken and contrite heart the Lord will not despise, and the works that flow from a broken and contrite heart are indeed pleasing to the Lord in and through Christ. These works will be used by the Lord for His purposes and to His glory.

 

Romans 10:15“And how are they to preach unless they are sent?”

The Word goes out to us each week in the Lord’s House. Indeed, every day and all around the world, the Word goes out wherever it is preached and read. This brings us great joy, but even more joy is derived from realizing God has blessed us with being part of this sending of the Word. From the blessings God gives us, we return a portion to Him in the Church for His work. And thus we are doubly blessed – we receive the Word, and we get to send it forth to others.

September 1st, 2019|