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February - 2019 

…one of the scribes came up and….asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”     Mark 12:28-33 ESV

Jesus said on many occasions that all the commands in the Bible could be summed up in the two love commands given here in Mark. Love God and love your neighbor. And I might say, great, how do I do that? It’s easy to say love God and love my neighbor, but how do I actually do that? 

Well we can go to the ten commandments in Exodus 20 to maybe get a hint. When the “scribe” asked Jesus the question he was undoubtedly asking about the ten. 

If we take the first four of the ten they tell us what God expects people to do to show their love for Him. Have no other gods, have no idols, don’t use His name in vain, and don’t work on one day each week but set it aside to worship Him. 

The last six deal with how we are to lovingly treat our fellow man. Honor our parents, don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t covet. 

Paul talks about this in and around Galatians 5:13-14, and Romans 13:8-10.

I encourage you (and me) during the month of February to be as wise as the “scribe” and to “love the Lord your God” and to “love your neighbor as yourself”.

Jack Meehan


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January - 2019

The following is a devotion taken from “Morning and Evening” the popular devotional by Charles Spurgeon. I always liked this devotional but the old English used by Surgeon was almost like reading a foreign language. I would find myself spending more time figuring the language out than figuring out what God wanted me to learn from it. This is a new version, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. It translates the old language into a more modern English without disturbing Spurgeon’s thoughts. You can find this updated version at Amazon.com or Christianbook.com. This devotional book has stood the test of time and is highly recommended. This is the devotion for January 1st, evening.

Jack Meehan,



We will exult and rejoice in you. Song of Songs 1:4

We will be glad and rejoice in You. We will not open the gates of the year to the sorrowful notes of the organ, but to the sweet strains of the harp of joy and the high-sounding cymbals of gladness. "O come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation." Ps 95:1

We, the called and faithful and chosen, will drive away our griefs and set up our banners of confidence in the name of God. Let others lament over their troubles; we with joy will magnify the Lord. Eternal Spirit, our effectual Comforter, we who are the temples in which You dwell will never cease from adoring and blessing the name of Jesus.

Jesus must have the crown of our heart's delight; we will not dishonor our Bridegroom by mourning in His presence. We are ordained to be the minstrels of the skies; let us rehearse our everlasting anthem before we sing it in the halls of the New Jerusalem. We will exult and rejoice: two words with one sense, double joy, blessedness upon blessedness.

Need there be any limit to our rejoicing in the Lord even now? Do not men of grace find their Lord to be the sweetest of incense even now, and what better fragrance have they in heaven itself? We will be glad and rejoice in You. That last word is the meat in the dish, the kernel of the nut, the soul of the text.

What heavens are laid up in Jesus! What rivers of infinite bliss have their source, aye, and every drop of their fullness in Him! Since, O sweet Lord Jesus, You are the present portion of Your people, favor us this year with such a sense of Your preciousness that from its first to its last day we may be glad and rejoice in You. Let January open with joy in the Lord, and December close with gladness in Jesus.

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December - 2018

John 1:14

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  ESV 

I have to admit, Christmas as we celebrate it in the current times is not my favorite time of year. It seems just to be a time for merchants to make some money. But I will be at the Christmas Eve service at FCC, because there we will celebrate the real Christmas.  Neither was it the favorite time of year for others like C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Charles Spurgeon, and A.W. Tozer. And since Tozer is one of my favorite authors, I picked this devotion of his to help us find a personal meaning of Christmas. 

“Determining the Personal Meaning of Christmas”

“While faith contains an element of reason, it is essentially moral rather than intellectual. In the New Testament unbelief is a sin, and this could not be so if belief were no more than a verdict based upon evidence. There is nothing unreasonable about the Christian message, but its appeal is not primarily to reason. At a specific time in a certain place God became flesh, but the transcendence of Christ over the human conscience is not historic; it is intimate, direct and personal.

Christ's coming to Bethlehem's manger was in harmony with the primary fact of His secret presence in the world in preincarnate times as the Light that lights every man. The sum of the New Testament teaching about this is that Christ's claims are self-validating and will be rejected only by those who love evil. Whenever Christ is preached in the power of the Spirit, a judgment seat is erected and each hearer stands to be judged by his response to the message. His moral responsibility is not to a lesson in religious history but to the divine Person who now confronts him.

"Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight." But Christmas either means more than is popularly supposed or it means nothing. We had better decide.”

So, as Jason preaches John 1:14 “in the power of the Spirit” the next few weeks let us decide before “the judgment seat” what we really believe about Christmas. Our eternity depends on it.

Jack Meehan


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October - 2018

Who Was That Man

“I was years and years upon the brink of hell—I mean in my own feeling. I was unhappy, I was desponding, I was despairing. I dreamed of hell. My life was full of sorrow and wretchedness, believing that I was lost.”

Charles Spurgeon used these strong words to describe his adolescent years. Despite his Christian upbringing (he was christened as an infant, and raised in the Congregational church), and his own efforts (he read the Bible and prayed daily), Spurgeon woke one January Sunday in 1850 with a deep sense of his need for deliverance.

Because of a snowstorm, the 15-year-old’s path to church was diverted down a side street. For shelter, he ducked into the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Artillery Street. An unknown substitute lay preacher stepped into the pulpit and read his text—Isaiah 45:22—“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.”

Spurgeon’s Autobiographyrecords his reaction:

“He had not much to say, thank God, for that compelled him to keep on repeating his text,“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.”, and there was nothing needed—by me, at any rate except his text. Then, stopping, he pointed to where I was sitting under the gallery, and he said, ‘That young man there looks very miserable’ … and he shouted, as I think only a Primitive Methodist can, ‘Look! Look, young man! Look now!’ … Then I had this vision—not a vision to my eyes, but to my heart. I saw what a Savior Christ was.… Now I can never tell you how it was, but I no sooner saw whom I was to believe than I also understood what it was to believe, and I did believe in one moment.“And as the snow fell on my road home from the little house of prayer I thought every snowflake talked with me and told of the pardon I had found.  (Christianity Today Magazine)

Quite a testimony don’t you think? God provided a snowstorm and His word to save Charles Spurgeon, one of the great Christians of his time.

Oh, wait, there was one more thing God provided. An unknown substitute layman Preacher. To this day no-one knows who he was.

Let us read our Bibles this month and pick out one verse to memorize (maybe Isaiah 45:22). Then as we walk among a lost and dying world let us be the unknown layman God uses.

Jack Meehan


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 September- 2018

A little unconventional encouragement by A.W. Tozer from the book “The Early Tozer: A Word in Season” chapter 26, “A Tribute to the Wife of Jesse”.

Jack Meehan


To the wife of Jesse the Bethlehemite,an obscure woman whose name we do not even know, the world owes a large debt of gratitude. She did us all a mighty favor, and then died, never dreaming that she had put an uncounted multitude of people under thanks to her forever.

When Samuel sought a king among the sons of Jesse, he rejected one after another of them till seven had passed by. Then he asked Jesse, “Are here all thy children?” Thanks to his wife, Jesse was able to answer, “There remaineth yet the youngest” (1 Samuel 16:11). Then little David stepped forward to become not only king, but the undisputed poet laureate of the kingdom of God.

We may thank God that Jesse's wife was not a modern woman with “advanced” ideas about the injustice of childbearing. What a sad loss it would have been to the world of believing men if she had balked at the hardships of a large family and had refused to bear that eighth boy!

It is evident from the record that David did not rate very high in the Jesse household. The birth of the seventh son was reason for congratulation, but David, who came along later, was unfortunately something of an anticlimax. The neighbors must have yawned and said, “Another one!” But it sometimes happens that way: nature experiments with the first seven and then comes forth with a David.

All Christendom has been enriched by the labors of Jesse's eighth son. The ancient goodwife, when she become the mother of David, became also the grandmother of the Twenty-third Psalm and of a host of other masterpieces of immortal hymnody. When the church sings, “The Lord's my Shepherd; I'll not want; He makes me down to lie,” it is paying unwitting tribute to the wife of Jesse as well as offering worship to the Lord Jesus Christ.

When our summons comes and the creeping chill has numbed our lips so that we are able only to whisper, “… within Thy house forever,” perhaps we can find a moment to remember gratefully a simple plain soul who once tried to do her duty by her generation. A little honest gratitude will be good for us, even in death.

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Elders Encouragement

August - 2018


If you listen to the news on radio or TV, or read the paper regularly you might come away thinking there is just no hope left for a civilized world. And Jesus did warn us that this world would bring us trouble. John 16:33. But in the first sentence of the same verse He tells us what will give us peace. What God says will give you peace to overcome the trials of the world. So when the world gets after you, go to God’s word for your strength and peace. Like Psalm 34.

Jack Meehan




1 I will bless the Lordat all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lordwith me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lordheard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lordencamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lordis good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who seek the Lordlack no good thing.

11 Come, O children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is there who desires life
    and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from speaking deceit.
14 Turn away from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lordare toward the righteous
    and his ears toward their cry.
16 The face of the Lordis against those who do evil,
    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lordhears
    and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lordis near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    but the Lorddelivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.
21 Affliction will slay the wicked,
    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lordredeems the life of his servants;
    none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.



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July – 2018

I hope you don’t mind. This month I borrowed a few words from another kind of Elder. An Elder of our country. This is from a speech John Quincy Adams gave at Newburyport, MA, July 4th1837.   ( https://wallbuilders.com/oration-july-4th-1837/#)

“Why is it, Friends and Fellow Citizens, that you are here assembled? Why is it, that, entering upon the sixty-second year of our national existence, you have honored with an invitation to address you from this place, a fellow citizen of a former age, bearing in the records of his memory, the warm and vivid affections which attached him, at the distance of a full half century, to your town, and to your forefathers, then the cherished associates of his youthful days? Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the World, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? – And why is it that, among the swarming myriads of our population, thousands and tens of thousands among us, abstaining, under the dictate of religious principle, from the commemoration of that birth-day of Him, who brought life and immortality to light, yet unite with all their brethren of this community, year after year, in celebrating this, the birth-day of the nation?”

…“Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior…?”

“War, at once civil and foreign, were waged, testing the firmness and fortitude of the one People, in the inflexible adherence to that separation from the other, which their Representatives in Congress had proclaimed. By the signature of the Preliminary Articles of Peace, on the 30th of November 1782, their warfare was accomplished, and the Spirit of the Lord, with a voice reaching to the latest of future ages, might have exclaimed, like the prophet of Israel, – Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God [Isaiah 40:1].”

The freedom we have to gather and worship is not one had by most of the world. And that freedom, at least in the opinion of one of the founder’s sons, was based on “the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth”.    “…in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself…” 2Corinthians 5:19

Jack Meehan


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Romans 12:2     

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

It’s not easy to not be conformed to this world. 

According to one source, the French pastor, theologian, and reformer of the mid-1500s, John Calvin, thought it was so hard to not be transformed to this world that he would often preach eight times a week, and some times more. He believed that only being exposed to God’s word once or twice a week did little to resist the relentless diet of false illusions emanating from the world. He was persuaded that Christians needed all the time they could give to hearing God’s word. [1] Of course back then there weren’t many copies of the Scriptures around yet, so hearing is how a person got it.

If Calvin thought there was a relentless diet of false illusions in the 16thcentury, I wonder what he would think about the relentless diet of false illusions in the United States in the 21stcentury. TV programing and commercials. Sex and violence from one end to the other. Radio and it’s music. Songs about suicide and murder and drugs and sex. The internet. Oh my, you can find any kind of evil thought on there. Anything you can imagine. Social media where people tell each other every move they make in an effort to be thought highly of. 

What are we to do with all this? It seems so overwhelming. Shall we all become hermits so we can separate ourselves from the world, or wear a black hat and a bonnet and live in a time past? Even though folks who do such things may have the best of intentions, I don’t think so. The devil’s game has always been to take things that were intended for good, like TV, radio, internet, and social media, then twist and contaminate them and use them for his evil purposes. No I think Calvin’s advice is still good for today. We need to saturate our lives with God’s word daily. On the internet at “Bible Gateway”, there are 59 English versions of God’s word. Find one you like and saturate your life with it.

2Peter 1:3-4, 1John 2:15-17, Philippians 2:12-16, James 3:17-18, John 16:33, 

1John 4:1-4, 1Corinthians 10:13,

Jack Meehan


[1] – “The Gospel Shaped Life” by Ian Hamilton, page33

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The Valley of Dry Bones

Ezekiel 37:1-10 

1The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2 And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. 8 And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.


My, my, a strange set of verses wouldn’t you say? What could these verses possibly mean? Well, these verses are about preaching the word of God to a spiritually dead world. God leads Ezekiel into the middle of a valley of dead humans and said “Preach!”  And what did he tell him to preach about? What He, God, says! He will give them new life and breath. (2Cor 5:17-18; John 20:22) Now read the Ezekiel verses again.

No person has ever been born again except through the preaching of God’s word.

(John 3:3, 8; Ro 10:17) And it is not just the “Preachers” job, or just on Sunday. It is up to all of us every day, at work, at play, at all times and everywhere to speak God’s word in this “Valley of Dry Bones” we call our world. After all, eternity is at stake.

Jack Meehan


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April – 2018

“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

Again, this is the answer Peter gave to about three thousand people on the day of his first sermon. (Acts 2:14-41)  We’ve talked about repentance and baptism and what they mean. Let’s see if we can find out just a few things about what Peter means when he says, “and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” These are only a few verses, there are many more. Please, do not trust me. Look-up these verses to see if what I say is true.

From Acts 2:38 and Galatians 3:14 we learn the Holy Spirit is a gift. It is not something earned. And that we receive the Holy Spirit through faith.

In John 14:46 we find that God the Father sends the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name and that he is a helper and a teacher.

Mark 12:36 and Acts 1:16 show us that the Holy Spirit has always been used by God to help men know what to say and to inspire them to write down His very word.

Mark 13:11 and Luke 12:11-12 tell us that the Holy Spirit will help us in our gravest trials and still speaks through the mouths of His people.

Acts 1:8 tells us that when we receive the Holy Spirit we gain power to be a witness for God and the gospel.

Galatians 5:16-23 tells us that with the Holy Spirit we also receive His life changing fruit.

Hebrews 2:4 tells us that signs and wonders and miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit are distributed according to God the Fathers will, not according to my will.

Just a few verses that hopefully help us to know what receiving the Holy Spirit means to us, and causes us to want to study further. I have two more. Acts 19:2. Paul asked some people “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” Because he asked that, I know we can determine if we have received the Holy Spirit. If you are not sure, or know you have not, please talk to Jason or Eric or Melissa or one of the Elders so we can help you, as Paul helped the people he asked. Because in Romans 8:9 God, through Paul, says if you don’t have the Holy Spirit you haven’t got Christ.

Jack Meehan



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March – 2018

“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

Again, this is the answer Peter gave to about three thousand people on the day of his first sermon. (Acts 2:14-37)  Last month we looked at what it means to repent. But Peter didn’t say repent only, he also said to be baptized.

Baptize is the English word for the transliterated Greek word baptizo. Here is a definition of the Greek word baptizo from a Greek dictionary:

1.to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk)

2. to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe.

Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, were probably not unfamiliar words to at least some of these people that day because John the “forerunner” had preached the same thing in the not too distant past. (Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:4, Luke 3:3)   But Peter added to John’s words “in the name of Jesus Christ” and “you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus’ name was not “Jesus Christ”. His name was “Jesus son of Joseph”, or “Jesus of Nazareth”. (John 1:45, John 18:5)  Christ is the Greek word for the Hebrew word Messiah or “The Anointed One”. (John 1:41)  So what Peter was telling these Jewish people was they had to believe Jesus was “The Anointed One” they had been waiting for, and they needed to be baptized proclaiming that he was. (Acts 19:1-5) That would not have been an easy decision to make. Persecution had already come against anyone proclaiming Jesus as Lord. (John 9:1-34) And persecution will still come to anyone proclaiming he is.

To all who are reading this, your sin of rejecting Jesus as “Christ” is what hung him on the cross. And those of you who continue in that rejection are in real trouble with God. “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:22b)  “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

Jack Meehan


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“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”   Acts 2:38

These are words from Peter to a large group of people on the day of Pentecost just after he had delivered his first sermon. God had opened the ears of about three thousand people that day and they believed and realized they were in real trouble with God. They asked what they should do, so Peter told them, “Repent and be baptized”. We read those words and many times don’t even think about what they mean.

What does it mean to repent? Well believe it or not, “Merriam-Webster” is actually the best place to go for a Biblical definition. Here is it’s number one definition of repent,

“to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life.”

That is a perfect definition.

Now all we have to do is figure out what sin is. If you go to M-W for that definition, their number two answer is the best, “transgression of the law of God.”

Jesus said "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Jn14:15

If we know or find out we have not, we need to repent.

Jack Meehan


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December – 2017


In Luke 1:5-38 we have two Christmas stories of the angel Gabriel telling people of upcoming births. The first was to Zechariah, telling him how he would soon become the father of John the baptizer. The second was to Mary, telling her how she was soon to become the mother of Jesus the messiah. Both prophecies are incredible. Zechariah and his wife were old and well past the years of normal childbearing, and Mary was a virgin. Gabriel’s messages naturally caused questions in the minds all of them.

Zechariah asked Gabriel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And because he questioned the truth of what Gabriel had said, (v.20) Gabriel pronounced judgment on Zechariah causing him to not be able to speak until John was born.

Mary’s question to Gabriel was, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” She didn’t question the truth of the prophecy, as shown by her statement “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” She just wondered how God would accomplish it.

As we read God’s promises in scripture, such as Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”, let us not question the truth of the promises, but watch in awe as He accomplishes them.

Jack Meehan


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November 2017

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.  Ps100:4-5

A good set of Thanksgiving verses, don’t you think? Very easy to understand and believe. We go in thanking and praising God because He is good, steadfast, loving, and faithful.

That is, it’s very easy to understand and believe when all is going well. But when life is not going so well, we sometimes start to question His goodness, love, and faithfulness, and it can be about as small a thing as not having the weather the way we want it.

Matthew Henry, the famous Bible commentator of the late 1600s, showed a thankful spirit. After he was robbed, he wrote in his diary;

“Let me be thankful first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my wallet they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.”


He also is quoted as saying, “Thanksgiving is good but thanks-living is better.”

Maybe I’ll spend this thanksgiving season trying to learn from Matthew Henry.

Jack Meehan


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If you read Nehemiah chapters 8 and 9 you find the people of Israel attending a worship service that they themselves asked to happen. They asked Ezra to bring out the Book of the Law and to read from it. So Ezra, being the Pastor he was, thought to himself, (according to Jack), “this might only happen once in my lifetime so let me make the most of it”. So he brought out the Book and read “from daybreak until noon”. Wow, now that’s a long service.


But in the verses that followed we can find several things about the people’s attitudes as they listened. Here are just a few.

All the people listened attentively.

When Ezra opened the Book the people all stood up.

When Ezra prayed before reading the people lifted their hands and said Amen.

They bowed their heads humbly worshiping as he read.

When they were taught something, they were obedient and did what the book said to do. They mourned over their past disobedience and repented.


October is Pastor appreciation month. I wonder if we could show our appreciation for Jason and Eric and Mel in any way more than to simply follow the example given to us in Scripture.


Jack Meehan


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Here it is September already. The month we usually associate with two things. Labor and fall. Labor day is on the 4th this year and the first day of fall is on the 22nd. At the end of July I turned 65. It depends how old you are as to how you think of 65. To me it seems as if I entered the fall of my life, which makes these lines by C.T. Stud all the more meaningful when I think of what I’m laboring at.

Two little lines I heard one day, traveling along life’s busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, and from my mind would not depart; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, soon will its fleeting hours be done; Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, and stand before His Judgement seat; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, each with its burdens, hopes, and fears; Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, in joy or sorrow Thy word to keep; Faithful and true what e’er the strife, pleasing Thee in my daily life; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Jack Meehan


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August 2017

One of my earliest recollections as a boy of about three is going to one of the local grocery stores with my Mom and stealing a piece of bubble gum. Now this wasn’t just a youngster who didn’t know any better picking it up and walking out. No! This was a pre-planned heist! And when we got back to our car I sat with my legs straight and stiff as a board with my ill-gotten gains underneath. Then the interrogation started, ending with a tearful confession to the store owner.

Before I ever picked up that piece of gum, there was something inside me telling me it was wrong and I shouldn’t do it. That same something, my conscience, is still there. William Gurnall in his book “The Christian in Complete Armour”, published 1655, speaks of man’s conscience this way. “Man’s conscience, like his physical body, is created by God. Conscience may be defined as that divine influence at work in man to restrain him from sin. One evidence of its origin is that it always speaks against sin and for righteousness. Therefore, it cannot be the product of our own hearts which in their fallen state are ‘deceitful above all things and desperately wicked’.”  Jer 17:9

I think I’ll spend August learning to pay closer attention to that “divine influence” at work in me.

Jack Meehan


Elder's Encouragement

One of the great truths about our Bibles is that by the Old Testament we can understand some of the main revelations given to us in the New Testament.

For example what does Paul mean in Romans 3:23-24 when he uses the phrase “redemption that is in Christ Jesus”. What is this redemption that is in Christ Jesus?

Paul’s original readers would have immediately known he meant that Jesus was their “Goel”. That’s a Hebrew word which most of our English Bible versions translate “Kinsman-Redeemer”. By reading the Old Testament books of the law and the book of  Ruth we can discover what God through Paul intends for us to understand about our “Goel”, as his first readers did.

Jesus, our Goel, redeems us by being our closest relative who in our time of need comes and rescues us saying, “Have you got a burden (your sin). Let me bear it. Have you got a debt? Let me pay it as if it were my own. Have you got a problem? Give it to me and let me solve it. Have you got a need that you cannot possibly meet? Let me meet it.”

To understand the Bible we must read the whole book. July is a great time to start.

Jack Meehan


Elder's Encouragement

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

In Ireland in the spring it is deer hunting time. They chase the deer down with dogs who corner their prey, then the hunters come up and get supper.

The deer have learned something over the years. In the valleys in Ireland, in the spring, lilies grow. Not little lilies but large, 5 or 6 foot tall lilies. So guess what the deer have learned? When the chase is on they run to the valleys, get out in the middle of the lilies, and lie down very still and quietly. The hunters come up to the edge of the valley and look out and can not see the deer. The dogs run into the lilies and guess what they smell? Lilies. They loose the scent and after a while the chase is over until the next time.

When you are being chased by the hound of hell and the world is hunting you down, run to the Lily of the Valley, lie down,,,, and be very still,,,, and wait for the hound to loose the scent.

I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. 

Song of Solomon 2:1

Jack Meehan


Elder's Encouragement

What a beautiful spring we have had so far. Good rains, really nice temperatures, flowers and trees blooming everywhere. Before you know it school will be out and all the summer activities will start.

Sometimes, unfortunately, all our summer activities can draw us away from meeting together on the first day of the week to worship our Savior. When that happens we miss that short but precious time when we can leave the lying deceiving world behind to be with others whose minds have been made new. Ro 12:2, 2 Cor 5:17  It is always so refreshing to be with like-minded people praising God for what he has done. So as the vacations and all the other activities of summer begin let me encourage you to meet with other Christians for worship wherever you might be.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”  Hebrews 10:23-25

Jack Meehan