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Pastor Guy Shields

 

The Slavery of Loving One Another

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Features, From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

The Slavery of Loving One Another

“But through love serve one another.”—Galatians 5:13c

This is a very interesting statement.  In the context the Apostle is admonishing the believers not to be enslaved again to the various rites and rituals of the law.  He affirms that Christ has fulfilled the Law, that in Christ they have been set free from the Law, and that they are called to freedom. (more…)

The Fear of the Lord is to Hope in His Mercy

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Features, From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

The Fear of the Lord is to Hope in His Mercy

 

“His delight is not in the strength of a horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” Psalm 147:10-11

The fear of the Lord is a multi-faceted concept in Scripture. In Psalm 147:10 the fear of the Lord is equated with hoping in the loving kindness, the mercy, the steadfast love of the Lord. (more…)

Be Pressed into Christ’s Mold

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Features, From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

Be Pressed into Christ’s Mold

 

“Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind . . .” —Romans 12:2a

In my desk, I have an embossing stamp that I use to mark my books and identify them as belonging to my library. It is a simple tool that has two matching plates, one is raised and the other is recessed, both having the identical inscription. To use it, you simply slide a page between the two plates and squeeze them together using the plyer-like handles. The paper is pressed into the mold of the plates, and the result is a page clearly embossed with the words, “from the library of R. Guy Shields”. With this tool I mark my books as mine. They bear my mark and are clearly identified as belong to me. (more…)

He has Risen

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Features, From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

He has Risen

 

 

“He is not here, but has risen.”—Luke 24:6

These words, spoken by the angels to the women who came in the early dawn to visit Jesus’ tomb, are among the most significant words ever to fall on human ears. I would go further and say they are the most significant, in part, because of what they mean for lost and dying humanity. They are words of joy, words of love, and words of hope.They are words of joy because they convey the reality that death has been conquered, the penalty of sin has been paid, and the way to eternal life in relationship with God has been opened. (more…)

Give Thanks to The Lord

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

Give Thanks to The Lord

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His steadfast love endures forever.—Psalm 136:1

By Presidential proclamation our nation will gather this coming Thursday to give thanks. There will be much giving of thanks—expressions of gratitude, and rightly so, for we have much to be thankful for. (more…)

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith”—Hebrews 12:2a

Having grown up in the country I was around farm animals quite a bit; cattle mostly, but horses too. Most of the time they were of the riding variety, but once in a while I got to see the big draft horses. They were always so impressive. (more…)

The Word of God is the Bread of Life

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

The Word of God is the Bread of Life

“Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”—Deuteronomy 8:3

This past Wednesday night we hosted a “hands-only” CPR class sponsored by the Clackamas fire district. As a part of the training we learned that when someone goes into cardiac arrest, for every minute that they go without breathing, without their heart pumping blood to their brain and other vital organs, their chance of surviving the cardiac arrest decreases by 10%. But, really, no one has to tell us how vital oxygen and blood flow are to life. (more…)

The Fame of His Name

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Features, From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

The Fame of His Name

Mention the name Wayne Gretzky north of the 49th parallel (and to be fair, in some places south of the 49th parallel as well) and everybody knows immediately who you are talking about. Even after his retirement from professional hockey over a decade ago he is still a household name in many places. To many adoring fans he is known simply as “The Great One”. (more…)

Gazing on the Beauty of the Lord

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

Gazing on the Beauty of the Lord

“One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.” —Psalm 27:4

One of the things we like to do when we go back to Florida to visit Geni’s family is to go to the beach. Our favorite spot is Bowman beach on Sanibel Island. (more…)

The Immeasurable Glory of God

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in From the Pastor's Pen | 0 comments

The Immeasurable Glory of God

This last Wednesday morning I was walking through the neighborhood behind the church. As I wound my way through the streets I came upon some trees planted along the sidewalk next to the street. Now, I have no idea what kind of trees these were. They were deciduous trees and the leaves were just beginning to turn. They were about six, or so, feet tall. Trees not unlike a lot of other trees around. But they caught my eye. They caught my eye because hidden within the leafy heads of these trees hung these “fruit”. They were about the size and color of a crab apple, but rather than being smooth the surface was bumpy with little nob-like lumps. I had never noticed these fruit before and when I saw them I stopped for a few moments to look them over. As I did so it struck me that here was another reminder, another witness, to the infinite and perfect glory of God. (more…)