Boiler Room -September 28, 2018


Years ago, the pastors here each had a group of men that prayed with them one morning a week.  We also had a group of men and women who gathered before the Sunday morning service and prayed for the service, particularly for the souls of those attending to be healed, or grown, or saved, and for people who had been invited that week to attend, etc.  The following clipping from an old “Our Daily Bread” served, in part, as the impetus.

Five young college students were spending a Sunday in London, so they went to hear the famed C.H. Spurgeon preach. While waiting for the doors to open, the students were greeted by a man who asked, “Gentlemen, let me show you around. Would you like to see the heating plant of this church?” They were not particularly interested, for it was a hot day in July. But they didn’t want to offend the stranger, so they consented. The young men were taken down a stairway, a door was quietly opened, and their guide whispered, “This is our heating plant.” Surprised, the students saw 700 people bowed in prayer, seeking a blessing on the service that was soon to begin in the auditorium above. Softly closing the door, the gentleman then introduced himself. It was none other than Charles Spurgeon.

As so often happens, schedules change and one thing gets pushed aside for another. However, we are in a new place and we need to make new traditions, even if some of them are really very old (Acts 12:12; 1 Timothy 2:1-8).  I plan to start a “Heating Plant” ministry beginning in late October. It will likely run from 8:30-9:00am on Sunday mornings, and will be open for all comers, even if you only have 5 minutes to drop in (location TBA).

There are two things I’d like to challenge each of us to do in the intervening weeks: (1) Pray about whether or not you have the margin in your Sunday morning to be part of the Core Prayer Team. (2) Strongly consider attending the Sunday Night Prayer meeting or helping us grow that ministry by multiplying it – start one in your own home!!   

“My House shall be called a House of Prayer” – Jesus


Pastor Scott

Falling – September 21, 2018


As I was prepping to preach on the Harlot of Babylon, I read a number of defenses of adulterous relationships that contained the phrase, “You can’t help who you fall in love with.”  I have also heard that phrase on TV and used in defense of homosexual and even pedophiliac relationships.  “It’s not a choice. you can’t help with whom you fall in love!  After I picked up on this pattern I wanted to yell back at the author, “Yes, you can!”  Just run, don’t walk, away!  Of course some, these tend to be God-less people making these arguments and I’m the pastor of a local body who wants to grow in grace a truth, so with combating temptation in mind, I direct your attention to this study from 1992.  Pay special attention to the causes and cures in the final paragraph!

A recent survey of Discipleship Journal readers ranked areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them:

  1. Materialism.
  2. Pride.
  3. Self-centeredness.
  4. Laziness.
  5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness.
  6. (Tie) Sexual lust.
  7. Envy.
  8. Gluttony.
  9. Lying.

Survey respondents noted temptations were more potent when they had neglected their time with God (81 percent) and when they were physically tired (57 percent). Resisting temptation was accomplished by prayer (84 percent), avoiding compromising situations (76 percent), Bible study (66 percent), and being accountable to someone (52 percent).

Discipleship Journal, November / December, 1992.


Pastor Scott

Labeling – September 7, 2018

cat with lion shadow.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smartA trip to the zoo with 1 & 3 year old grand-daughters re-enlightened me to the benefits and dangers of generalizing or labeling.  It’s phenomenal that a 20 month old can recognize that a 600 lb African lion is a kitty.  It’d be horrifying if she was able to try to pet him.  Labeling, generalizing, help us to understand things like; cats are cats, and a Yugo and a Lamborghini are both cars.  The problem, is that generalizations and labeling also can cause us to treat people as part of a group instead of as individuals for whom Jesus died.

As I was poking through my files looking for a good illustration, I found this, instead? 🙂

When Oxford and Cambridge Universities decided to admit commoners as students in the 1600s, the unprecedented flood of new innovative thought had a tremendous impact on British society. Each student was listed on the record by name and title. The commoners’ names were listed with the Latin inscription, Sine Nobilitate, meaning Without Nobility. The abbreviation was S. Nob., which within the rigid class systems of the time had both positive and negative connotations. The word “snob” is still in use today.

Bits & Pieces, June 25, 1992.