The Pastor’s View2019-05-13T14:47:28-05:00

The Pastor’s View

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|

July 2019

Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! (Psalm 84: 4, 10-12).  The Psalmist outlines something that has probably bothered most of us from time to time.  It’s Sunday morning and you’ve had a long Saturday night. You know that it is getting late and you should be preparing for worship.  When you are feeling like you do this morning you know there is nothing that will make you feel better.  You’ll go to church next week.  You just need a break to gather yourself.  It’ll be better next week.  So, how do those blessings work, anyway?  We need to hear those words, “Blessed are those who dwell in Your house, ever singing your praise!” Please take some time to reflect on all that the Lord has done! Is there  really anything that you can bring to the Lord’s house that isn’t already His?  We bring praise in both song and in the hearing and reading of His Word.  We join others with the same desire, to boast in the Lord for all to hear. A day with the Lord is truly better than a thousand anywhere else. The Psalmist makes it clear cut; you are dwelling .in God’s house or you join others in the sin of selfish, me first worship.  “O Lord of Hosts, blessed the one who trusts in you.”  Brothers and Sisters, find joy in your worship each and every Sunday, you can relax in the sure knowledge that there is nothing that you have to do or can do to curry God’s favor.  Our response to the favor, honor and blessing that He bestows on us is to Sing to the Lord a new song.  A song of praise to the glory that awaits us in His kingdom.  For God through His dear Son, Jesus, is our bright light and shield from the evil one.  Remember, we respond by glorifying God, serving others and imitation of Our Savior.

Pastor Tompkins

 

July 10th, 2019|

June 2019

You shall have no other gods! What does this mean? You shall love, fear and trust in God above all things.

 

Tear down the statues that offend! Don’t take away our abortion rights! My truth is just as good as your truth! Skullduggery in politics!

I have a couple of hours of windshield time every day that I come to Zion and to make use of the time, I listen to the news. I have found it very disheartening. I am reminded of the first commandment when I get discouraged by the news. It appears many have forgotten or failed to recognize the great gift that God has given us in this commandment.

When you ask someone, who complains about their plight in life, you will find that someone or something has deprived them of their god. In our weak condition, people often rely on themselves, what they do, how they behave or what they have, to be a substitute for reliance on God. In fact, some will make a god out of themselves. It only is right the they can help God with the troubles in this world. After all they have science or philosophy on their side or pundits that have the same ideology that they have. So, how could they be wrong?

My prayer for you is to be reminded often by the Spirit that God is the Potter and we are the clay. God has given us a great gift in the commandments. I fail to see how anyone can object to the Second Table of the Law. Think about how society would improve if we would follow what God has set out as the perfect society. No one would murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness (perhaps the politicians could benefit), covet their neighbor’s belongings or personal relationships. It surprises me that those who claim they are doing what is best for society have not latched onto this gift from God.

Brothers and sisters, you have a powerful gift to follow and to live by, but, even more you have a Savior who will guard and protect you along your faith filled journey. And better yet, One who will lift you up and forgive you fully when you trip along the way. Join us in worship, in the Word and at the Lord’s table as we “Glorify God, Serve Others, and Imitate our Savior!”

Have a joyful and fruit filled journey,

Pastor Daryl Tompkins

 

May 30th, 2019|