From the Pastor's Pen

Welcome to Pastor Carl Miller’s Blog! We hope that you are encouraged in your walk with the Lord through these devotions.

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the Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  – Matthew 5:9 The word “pax” in Latin means peace. In the English language, we get the word “to pacify” or “pacifist” from it. Yet when Christ speaks of those who are “peacemakers” here, he does not mean those who are passive or…

The pure in heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8 Jesus has wonderfully spoken of blessing after blessing thus far in the Beatitudes. His words have been so encouraging and comforting, haven’t they? As we come to the sixth beatitude, many may be frightened by it. It’s indeed marvelous to hear…

Hunger and thirst

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 Hunger and thirst are common, daily experiences for us. When we are hungry and thirsty, we may put up with it for a time, but there’s a desire to leave those feelings, to leave that temporary state of being…

Blessed are the Meek

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5 As we continue to consider God’s blessings in the Beatitudes, we come today to His blessing of those who are meek. It’s common today, when we read or hear a person described as “meek”, to connect that with “weak” in our minds,…

Comfort the Christian

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 These Beatitudes, these “blessed are those who…” sayings are perhaps the harder part of the Sermon on the Mount to interpret. They seem almost cryptic, like proverbs or saying that take a bit of pondering. Of course, in one sense that is what…

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” ­– Matthew 5:1-3 This week, we will begin a new devotional series in…

Christianity and Pluralism

The Roman Empire is perhaps the most famous empire in human history. It was not nearly the most massive (its two million square miles doesn’t even stand up to America’s four million), nor could it boast the greatest wealth, or military prowess, or population. Yet to historians, Rome dominates the stage because she lasted. Over…

Why do we have presbyteries?

As we continue our study on What is the Church?, it’s easy to say we enjoy our local church. Many are involved in various kinds of ministry in the church, knowing the reasons why our church exists, promoting its mission and vision. We recently considered how the local church is governed by a minister and…