Thought for the Day

Some food for thought normally authored by Pastor Tim Boffey and occasionally authored by other church members.

The Power of Unbelief?

(Rom 3:3) For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? Nothing in this meditation is meant to diminish the importance and requirement of the sinner’s faith, for God has commanded all men everywhere to repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ (ACT 17:30; MAR 1:15; ACT 20:21). The Jews’ scriptures (oracles of God, ROM 3:1-2) had plainly declared the universal condemnation of men under sin (Jew and Gentile alike, ROM 3:9-10) and that the only remedy was “....
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Sat Aug 29 2020 21:43:06 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Earth Day

(Genesis 8:22) While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. My calendar tells me that April 22 is Earth Day, the genesis of which was in 1970 at a time when <em>global cooling</em> with extensive glaciation was a trendy environmental “crisis du jour.” How things have changed (viewpoints, not earth's fate)! There are legitimate concerns about the environment, not from the standpoint of humans violating a perceived sacredne...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Wed Apr 22 2020 11:02:36 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Easter or Wester?

(Genesis 13:11) Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Lot was hardly a model Christian. Peter tells us that he was a <em>just and righteous</em> man (2PE 2:7-8) but you would be hard pressed to conclude that from his conduct and choices in life. Our text today is speaking of the time when Lot made his ill-fated decision to choose the environs of Sodom (a bountiful place, GEN 13:10), “But the men of Sodom were wicked an...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Sat Apr 11 2020 12:29:46 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Good Wednesday?

Matthew 12:38-40 (38) Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. (39) But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: (40) For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Today's text sets forth the definitive sign to th...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Fri Apr 10 2020 12:45:05 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Happy Hanukkah?

(John 10:22) And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. Beginning on the evening of December 22nd this year (2019) the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah began its eight-day season of light (it is alternately called the Festival of Lights) and feasting. It is the “feast of the dedication” noted in our text. Commonly in the New Testament in the King James Version of the Bible, one can find cross-references that a publisher has provided to many of the prophecies, laws and feast...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Sun Dec 22 2019 10:28:57 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Christmas: How a Green Tree Became a Golden Calf and a Sacred Cow

(Revelation 11:10) And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. The Book of Revelation is rich with intriguing figures that have profound spiritual significance. In the eleventh chapter are described two powerful witnesses of God whose testimony serves as a torment to men. There has been much speculation as to the identity of these two witnesses and some have suggested...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Sun Dec 22 2019 10:31:07 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day in America has a noble history of national pausing to give thanks to the Creator for His benefits. But the reverence and humility once associated with the custom has been considerably displaced by what is now truly important to our culture: <em>pleasure</em> (long weekend, football, feasting, shopping). Pleasure in and of itself is not evil, but when it becomes the <em>summum bonum</em> of a nation, watch out! The Governor of nations (PSA 22:28) still reigns on high. When warning imperi...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Wed Nov 20 2019 08:22:06 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

THE PROBLEM WITH HALLOWEEN

The festive occasion known as Halloween is now taken for granted. It is a time of curious, rather morbid activities for children and adults alike when some of the darkest themes of a sin-burdened creation are exhumed from history's graveyard for public display and for the profit of carnal merchants who promote the entire affair. Yet how many people (especially Bible-believers) have given honest, serious consideration to the nature of this seasonal celebration? Following is a summary of the reasons why ou...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Sat Oct 26 2019 13:52:17 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Yom Kippur and the Ark of the Covenant

(Leviticus 16:14) And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times. (Leviticus 16:15) Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: (Leviticus 16:16) And he shall make an...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Tue Oct 08 2019 13:15:47 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Judeo-Gnostic Mangler's Version

(The following meditation was authored by Brother Stephen Pham) <strong>“17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” (II Corinthians 2)</strong> This is going to be a rather peculiar polemic against a popular system of bible study which may cause advocates of this system to cast off their clothes, and throw dust into the air (Acts 22:23). Nonetheless, it is going to be an accurate examination of the subject. The...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Wed May 15 2019 13:24:25 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Holiness Unto The Lord

(Zec 14:16) And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. (Zec 14:17) And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. (Zec 14:18) And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the pl...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Fri May 03 2019 01:59:53 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Earth Day

(Genesis 8:22) While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. My calendar tells me that April 22 is Earth Day, the genesis of which was in 1970 at a time when <em>global cooling</em> with extensive glaciation was a trendy environmental “crisis du jour.” How things have changed (viewpoints, not earth's fate)! There are legitimate concerns about the environment, not from the standpoint of humans violating a perceived sacredne...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Mon Apr 22 2019 12:58:39 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Shrouded With Ignorance

(Acts 2:26) Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: (Acts 2:27) Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. The Easter season with its days of Lent, fish, eggs, rabbits, etc. has come and gone again. But good protein does not equate with good doctrine. Christians can and should rejoice in the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave: that was, after all, the triumpha...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Sun Apr 21 2019 15:16:14 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Christ, the Evening Sacrifice

Matthew 27:45-50 (45) Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. (46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (47) Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. (48) And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. (49) The rest said, ...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Thu Apr 18 2019 10:49:11 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Lifting Up of the Lord Jesus Christ

(John 18:31) Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death: (John 18:32) That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die. According to John's gospel, there were at least three occasions in our Lord's ministry when He prophesied of the manner of his death as being “lifted up.” In JOH 3:14, He said, “And as Moses <strong>lifted up</strong> ...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Thu Apr 18 2019 09:52:13 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Wester

(Genesis 13:11) Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Lot was hardly a model Christian. Peter tells us that he was a <em>just and righteous</em> man (2PE 2:7-8) but you would be hard pressed to conclude that from his conduct and choices in life. Our text today is speaking of the time when Lot made his ill-fated decision to choose the environs of Sodom (a bountiful place, GEN 13:10), “But the men of Sodom were wicked an...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Thu Apr 18 2019 15:09:14 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Behold Thy Son

(John 19:26) When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! (John 19:27) Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. Today's text sets forth one of the most touching scenes in all of history. Good mothers long to see their sons lifted up over others, but not like this! Mary's unique son was born to controversy, “...set for the fall and rising again of...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Wed Apr 17 2019 15:52:44 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Good Wednesday

Matthew 12:38-40 (38) Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. (39) But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: (40) For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Today's text sets forth the definitive sign to th...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Tue Apr 16 2019 13:26:22 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Bread and Life

(Joh 6:9) There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? (Joh 6:10) And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. (Joh 6:11) And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. (Joh 6:12) When they were filled, he said unto his dis...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Tue Jan 15 2019 13:55:45 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Tempting and Limiting God

(Acts 15:10) Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (Acts 15:11) But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Previously, we had noted that the Jerusalem council in Acts 15 was convened to deliberate on a major issue: should Gentile believers be bound by circumcision and Moses’ Law? As a point of order, it should be noted that the format was not an open deb...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Fri Jan 04 2019 22:54:29 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Tempting God

(Acts 15:10) Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? (Acts 15:11) But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Acts 15 was a watershed moment in the development of Christianity. In this chapter, the apostles and elders in council at the Jerusalem church determined that Gentiles and Jews are alike saved by grace unconditionally; as touching justification before God...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Fri Dec 28 2018 21:55:17 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The Jeremiah Factor (Why Jews Have Now No Divine Right to Return to Their Ancient Land)

(Jer 16:14) Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; (Jer 16:15) But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. There has been for some time a great interest among professing Christians in the establishing of the nati...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Sat Dec 15 2018 01:52:42 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Christmas: How a Golden Calf Became a Green Tree and a Sacred Cow

(Revelation 11:10) And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. The Book of Revelation is rich with intriguing figures that have profound spiritual significance. In the eleventh chapter are described two powerful witnesses of God whose testimony serves as a torment to men. There has been much speculation as to the identity of these two witnesses and some have suggested...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Wed Dec 12 2018 18:30:43 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Happy Hanukkah?

(John 10:22) And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. Beginning on the evening of December 2nd this year (2018) the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah began its eight-day season of light (it is alternately called the Festival of Lights) and feasting. It is the “feast of the dedication” noted in our text. Commonly in the New Testament in the King James Version of the Bible, one can find cross-references that a publisher has provided to many of the prophecies, laws and feasts...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Thu Dec 06 2018 19:44:53 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day in America has a noble history of national pausing to give thanks to the Creator for His benefits. But the reverence and humility once associated with the custom has been considerably displaced by what is now truly important to our culture: <em>pleasure</em> (long weekend, football, feasting, shopping). Pleasure in and of itself is not evil, but when it becomes the <em>summum bonum</em> of a nation, watch out! The Governor of nations (PSA 22:28) still reigns on high. When warning imperi...
  • By Pastor Boffey
  • on Mon Nov 19 2018 19:03:33 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)