Pastor’s Blog

Encourage One Another

 Lots of negativity going around about 2020 and it is easy to see why:  COVID 19, the Derecho and we still need to survive the election. Are you wanting to fast forward to 2021?   Are you wanting to go to sleep and wake up in 2021?  Will 2021 be better?   Only God knows.  But haven’t people had it worse?   What about… Read More »

Marriage is a Commitment

 August 18 Kathy and I celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary.  How could that be?  I don’t feel that old.   I remember our wedding in 1972 when we said our vows to each other that we wrote with verses from the Bible.  We were married at Wheaton Bible Church by Pastor Chris Lyons and my mom sang at our wedding.  We had… Read More »

Love Your Neighbor

Dr. Del Tackett was the speaker July 18 at Soteria Church on his new Engagement Project.   Maybe you have heard of his Truth Project?  If we haven’t done that here at Westover, it would be good to do the Truth Project and then the Engagement project.  The Truth Project presents a Biblical worldview which is so important so… Read More »

Guard Your Heart

We hear a lot about PPE these days, personal protective equip-ment.  I wear a mask when I shop and when I do my work as a chaplain.  I am not here to debate it.    I recently was part of a Nightingale service for a nurse that died and I spoke about PPE for the heart that is hurting.  During this time of COVID… Read More »

Time-out

          Have you wondered why God has put the whole world in this time out because of the coronavirus?  Is not the Lord of the universe seeking to get our attention?   What will it take?   What did God use to bring you to salvation?   What an opportune time to point people to the hope we have in Jesus.  He is the only solid… Read More »

Relationship with Jesus

February 26 begins Lent, 40 days leading up to Good Friday and Easter. You have probably heard of people giving up something for Lent to focus on their relationship with Jesus? Giving something up can help, if what you are giving up is keeping you from a closer walk with Jesus. Could we equate giving… Read More »

Have the Mindset of Christ

I am preaching on Paul’s letter to the Philippians emphasizing teamwork.   Paul is writing from prison in Rome, chained to a Roman elite soldier, a member of the praetorian or palace guard.   The normal reaction to this treatment would be to be bitter and complain.   Hebrews 12:15 gives this warning, “See to it that no… Read More »

Teamwork

We now have teams at Westover. We used to have departments but now we are calling them teams. I like the word team. We are all in this together. We can accomplish much more when we work together, especially when we have the same goals in mind. Think about goals for our church in 2020.… Read More »

Advent

December 1 is the 1st Sunday of Advent, that time of preparation to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus the Christ (Messiah).   Often one of the first songs we sing in Advent is that haunting melody, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”   The tune is a 12th century Latin hymn and it take the form… Read More »