Pastor's Monthly Message...March..2018

The Heart Never Lies

There is a proverb from days gone by which is stated in a simple belief, "The Heart Never Lies."
The decision to rely on the intuition of our inner feelings in every case is certainly a subject for debate. The obvious response to this is no! Intuition should be tempered with reason. A decision that is based wholly on the basis of one's own internal response, without regard for evidence and experience is generally an unwise decision. But perhaps our reliance on modern technology in all areas of human endeavor has made us too objective, too prone to look outward for decision - making support, rather than inward to the proofs which each person carries as conscience or inspiration.
These days, we look to computers, recorders, data processors and a wide assortment of additional information systems to provide us a base for almost every major decision. So, we arrange the diagrams, the computer printouts, the statistical reports, and then we decide which stock to buy, or which market will produce the most yield or even which automobile we will buy. Then like the ostrich, which lost its wings because of its dependence on its legs, we who rely totally upon the facilities of deductive logic, may lose the powers of intuition, powers that can extend the facilities of reason and in some cases provide the answer when empirical proofs or experience fail.
Pascal, the French philosopher and mathematician, made the observation about the respective roles of intuition and reason; "The heart has reasons that reason cannot know." Pascal's defense of faith spoken over 3 hundred years ago still rings true. For these are truths that are inscribed only upon the fleshy tablets of the heart, truths which cannot be proven or disproven with logic or observation.
What is faith in God, if not the acceptance of the doctrines of belief that spring from our own internal font of knowledge?

"What Does the Cross Mean to You?" newsweden Sun, 2018-02-25 16:49

Click here to listen to Pastor Hans Lillijord's sermon, February 25, 2018.

"The Gospel of Mark" newsweden Tue, 2018-02-20 15:52

Click here to listen to Pastor Hans Lillijord's sermon, February 18, 2018.

"Breathless Moments" newsweden Sun, 2018-02-11 14:56

Click here to listen to Pastor Hans Lillijord's sermon, February 11, 2018.

Pastor's Monthly Message...Febuary..2018

The Religion of Sports

By the time this article reaches you, we probably will have been affected by the "Superbowl". Every year it seems we become more and more involved in our devotion and interest in sports. Most people are either involved in or avidly watch some form of physical competition.
This attraction to sports seems to be at the highest point in the fall or spring of the year when many of the professional; sports overlap. In the fall, baseball is wrapping up it's season, football is in full swing, hockey and basketball are beginning, hunting and fishing is at its best and most other activities like golf and tennis continue to attract attention.
For the most part, this is a good thing because it involves so many of us either as participants or spectators. For many, it is exciting entertainment. Some sports, like football, are annual community rituals, and add to a sense of community. For participants, on the other hand, in all sports it means added self-discipline and confidence, increased physical involvement and a healthy exercise of the competitive spirit.
Recreational sports have been with us a long time. The Lord was always an advocate of physical as well as spiritual strength, of a healthy body as well as a sound mind. In this sense the interest in sports has been good for our nation and communities.
But, as in all good things, there is a need for moderation and responsibility in our recreational pursuits. If some alien came from another planet they might well think that our national religion was football, baseball, golf or basketball. Unfortunately, they are the only "Worship" services many attend.

"Prophet or Pitchman?" newsweden Sun, 2018-01-28 21:31

Click here to listen to Pastor Han Lillijord's Sermon, January 28, 2018.

"Go Fish!" newsweden Sun, 2018-01-21 15:57

Click here to listen to Pastor Hans Lillijord's sermon, January 21, 2018.

"The Day the Skies Opened Up!" newsweden Wed, 2018-01-10 11:01

Click here to listen to Pastor Hans Lillijord's sermon, January 7, 2018.