Weekly Devotionals and Thoughts from
Pastor Peter Tarling.
Wednesday April 29, 2020
It’s been more than a month now since the “stay-at-home” mandate was issued and my question is, how are you doing? I’m referring to your Spirit, Soul and Body health and welfare. I’m sure that you have read and/or seen the news of people being frustrated, frightened, fearful, tired, weary and emotionally strained, stressed and steamed. For many the concern about finances and employment are looming large in their thinking, and rightly so. It is true that the faith of many will be tested with the question, “Is God aware of my situation, does He take care of me?” know, does He care, will he meet my need, will he meet my need, will he take
care of me?” In our church hymn book #312 that answers those questions and it says: “God will take care of you…” I suggest that you read all the verses and then read Matthew 6:25-34 where we have the words of Jesus on this very subject. I am sure that as a Christian believer you have asked the question, “Where is God in all of this?” My answer is, where do you want Him to be. Having to stay at home gives us the opportunity to tune in to God, to seek His Word, His Will and His Ways, to hear His voice and draw near to Him. Look at Proverbs 8:17; Jeremiah 29:13 and Hebrews 10:22. How often Christians say that they have no time to read and study God’s Word, to take time for prayer and meditation on God’s Word. That excuse is now redundant – we have the time. Let us take advantage of it and make the most of it. I believe that God is speaking to His people through this Covid -19. Here’s a quote I received this week: “So, what is God doing? What is He trying to say to us? I believe He is warning us of impending judgment, and therefore He is calling the world to repentance. The Bible teaches that God never pours out His wrath without warning because He does not wish that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and salvation (2 Peter 3:9). Ever since the mid-1970s, God has been raising up prophetic voices around the world, calling people to repentance. Additionally, He has been sending remedial judgments to get people's attention in order to motivate them to repentance. The rebellion against God and His Word has also become a worldwide pandemic. This is the fulfillment of Bible prophecies about the end times. Jesus Himself said that He would return at a time when society would become as evil as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37). If you read Genesis 6, you will see that the two fundamental characteristics of Noah's society were violence and immorality. That's exactly what we see in our nation today and all around the world. In short, we have arrived. I believe God is speaking to us through the virus pandemic — warning us of His impending wrath. He is shouting from the heavens that we are on the threshold of the Tribulation when He will pour out His wrath on all the rebellious people and nations on the earth. That, in turn, means the Rapture is about to occur — the event that is described in detail in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 when Jesus will come for His Church, both the living and the dead, to deliver them from the world before the wrath of God is poured out (1 Thessalonians 1:10). Is anyone listening? Does anyone care? The world is scoffing at the prophetic voices and the remedial judgments.” This is a great time to prepare for the Rapture. Get ready to meet our blessed Lord in the skies, to prepare to “Not be ashamed at His coming”. It’s time to be: Paid up, Prayed up, Packed up and ready to go.
God bless and have a great week.
Pastor Peter and Esther
Wednesday Apr. 22, 2020
Hello Corner Gospel Church family, It’s been some time since we were able to meet face to face and enjoy fellowship around the things of our Lord. Esther and I miss seeing you and offering praise and worship unto our Lord. Our prayer is that this pandemic will come to and end and that we will be able to congregate together once again. Maybe this episode in our life journey will help us appreciate our freedom and our opportunities to be together in the house of the Lord. In the meantime, let us be faithful in our devotional times and open our hearts to hear what our heavenly Father wants to say to us. My article below is to encourage you and assure you that God is in control and you can trust Him. Looking forward to seeing you at the Corner. Your fellow travellers on life’s pathway - Pastor Peter & Esther THE END IS NOT YET!
The following is a quote very well suited and relevant to our present situation; its from an e-mail I received this past week. “Often when we wake up in the morning, our minds can already start racing before our feet even touch the floor. Hearts burdened, spirits heavy, worry begins to creep in before we’ve fully started our day. Fear can be a daily battle, and we may wrestle with feeling great pressure under the weight of responsibilities we’re carrying. If you are like most people, your emotions have likely been all over the map during this pandemic. One day you feel at peace and relaxed, the next you are stressed and anxious. You may have found yourself there recently, especially in the midst of this global Coronavirus pandemic.”. Last week I sent out an e-mail with the story, God ‘s got your back. And that is true as Psalm 121 indicates along with numerous other scriptures. There is much speculation being disseminated through the internet regarding what is happening and I’m sure you’ve read a lot of it and possibly somewhat confused as opinions and positions expressed are as different as night and day. I was looking over some of the notes I have used over the past few weeks for our “to-air” programs and was struck by the words in the Gospel of Matthew 24: 6b …see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. These are the words of our Lord and we need to heed them. “…be not troubled…the end is not yet”. The end is close but not yet. Jesus was telling His disciples what some of the signs of His coming for His Church would be. Jesus is saying, “fear not, don’t be afraid, these things must happen”. Matt. 24:7 and Luke 21:11 tells us what things, and the Luke 21 :28 tells us what we are to do: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh”. I leave you with Jesus’s words of assurance and comfort from John 14:1-3. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. God bless you. Rest on His Word and have a great week. -Pastor Peter
Wednesday Apr. 15, 2020
I received this in an e-mail last week and I want to share it with you as it is so appropriate especially at this time in history of our country and our lives. As you read this story, I want you to keep in mind the following: 1. See the baby cub as yourself. 2. See the mountain lion as your problem e.g. Covid19 3. See Papa Bear as your Heavenly Father. Somebody has got your back. Author Jack Canfield said . . . 'Human beings are not designed to go through life alone. No one has to bear the burden of tough times all by themselves.' A television nature program captured an image of this idea well. It was an episode about a baby bear. The cub was one of two babies born to a mother black bear, but his sibling died in childbirth. Not too long afterward, Mama Bear also died. The little cub was left alone to fend in the world. But he was fortunate. He soon came across a huge male black bear who took a liking to the little guy. By the end of the day the adoption papers were signed and the little cub had a new friend and father. Papa Bear showed the cub how to forage for berries. He taught him which plants he could eat and which to leave alone. He showed him how to fish. Papa Bear taught the cub all the things a bear needs to know to get along in the world. The two were inseparable . . . until the day they separated. The little cub found himself all alone when a hungry mountain lion crept up. The two locked eyes and terror ran through the bear's heart. So he did the only he knew to do, the thing Papa Bear had taught . . . he rose up on his hind legs, showed teeth and claws, looked his enemy right in the eye and roared a fierce roar . . . Well, it wasn’t really a roar at all, but a tiny squeak. The camera panned back to the mountain lion who must have been amused at the little guy, and was surely preparing to enjoy a tasty lunch. The audience expected the lion to pounce any second. But something strange happened. A look of fear crossed the cougar’s face, he slowly backed off a few steps and then turned and bounded away. The camera panned back to the frightened cub and now the audience could see what the little bear could not. Behind the cub, but not too far back, stood Papa Bear - up on his hind legs, all teeth and claws, with a deadly gleam in his eye. He didn’t growl, but then he didn’t have to. The lion got the message. I love the image of the powerful black bear, ready to go to battle for a vulnerable cub. And that is an image I always want to keep in mind. No matter how helpless, frightened or vulnerable we feel, there is a strong and mighty force just behind us. That force is made up of people who watch out for us. Family and friends, children and colleagues and even strangers. There are more people behind you and me, ready to step in when needed, than we may ever know. We don’t have to go through this world all alone. And sometimes we will need extra help. For the Christian Believer we believe that our Heavenly Father has our back. He is always there. He is Jehovah-Shammah. Whatever your situation today remember God is there. You can call on Him anytime and make your request known to Him. Read Psalms 91,121,139:1-12
May you have a great week with God’s Blessings
Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2020
I have to admit that I miss the physical fellowship of God’s people, the handshake, the godly hug, the comradery and bantering that we enjoy with one another. This isolation can get to you and if not careful lead to discouragement and even depression, David in Psalms 42: 5 & 11 & 43:5 seems to be having a session of discouragement when he asked himself , “ Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. “ He also had the assurance that he would beat the problem and praise God. He reminds that God is the source of our and worthy of our praise. Praise invites the presence of God so, take time today to worship and prise the Lord and anticipate His energizing presence. Psa. 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Call someone today and share a prayer or word of encouragement or just “chew the fat”. May God bless you richly.
Have a great day
Pastor Peter & Esther
I want to remind you that the church still needs your financial support
Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2020
Greetings Corner Gospel Family.
We missed seeing you yesterday, we missed the fellowship, missed seeing your faces and shaking you hand, missed raising our voices together in praise and worship. Although we watched some excellent on-line services it’s just not the same. Pardon the expression but that is like kissing your girl/boy goodnight on the phone...it lacks something special. God made us for fellowship both with Himself and with each other. In one of the messages I listened to yesterday the speaker emphasized the word ‘season’ saying that what is currently happening is just for a season. I truly believe that, and want to share a biblical phrase, out of context, with you as an encouragement. The phrase is mentioned 387 times in the Old Testament and 65 times in the New Testament. The phrase is, “...and it came to pass.” It didn’t come to stay, it came to PASS. This situation no matter how bad, will not last forever, and when this is over we will have a celebration service at the Corner and worship and praise our God and Saviour. I’m looking forward and praying that it will be sooner rather than later. In the meantime, keeping looking up for He’s coming soon!
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter and Esther