Pastor’s Blog

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 »

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

November is when we emphasize stewardship at Westover, never forgetting those words of Jesus that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35) and “God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7).” Why do you give? Our motive for giving should be to please the Lord. We are here to please Jesus… Read More »

Identity in Christ

Have you seen the new “Overcomer” film on finding our identity in Christ? Starting the week of October 20 we encourage you to join a small group to get the most out of this study. How do you answer the question, “Who are you really?” What do you allow to define you? “Identity is what… Read More »

The All-Powerful God

Do you believe that God is good and that God is all-powerful? Then why all the evil in the world? The prophet Habakkuk wrestled with that question. “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not save… (Hab. 1:2)?” To… Read More »

Jesus’ Parables

August 3 is our VBS in which we will discover the mysteries of the parables.   Like a good detective we need to study them carefully so we can get insight in living the Christian life.  Do you have eyes to see?  Do you have ears to hear?   Don’t we look but don’t really see?  Don’t… Read More »

The Cry For Freedom

  The cry for freedom is in the hearts of people all around the world.  What a privilege it is to live in America.  I know our nation is far from perfect, but where would you rather live?   My father, sailed into New York harbor and saw the Statue of Liberty and wept like a… Read More »

Come To Jesus

The Christian faith is simple: come to Jesus.   It all starts there.  Everything else is a p.s. to that simple truth.   If you don’t have Jesus you are incomplete, something is missing.  The fact is that you were created to have Jesus in your life.   Jesus makes all the difference.  You were made to know… Read More »

“Just Give Me Jesus”

Anne Graham Lotz wrote the book, Just Give Me Jesus and that thought resonates with my heart. In May and June I plan a series of sermons on that theme.  I believe that many people would say, just give me Jesus or I want to know Jesus.   They might not be attracted to the church,… Read More »

Ask God To Speak To You

April 21 we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter and our choir will be doing the Easter cantata, “Amazing Love…How can it Be?” arranged by Russell Mauldin.   Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice on the cross taking all of our sins upon Himself.   That’s grace.   Because Jesus died and rose again we find new life,… Read More »