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Blog Entry on Mar 12, 2014

The thrust of Zechariah is essentially this: After the discipline of the Exile, Zechariah declares that God is renewing his commitment to restore Judah as his treasured people.

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Blog Entry on Apr 17, 2014

The thrust of Haggai is essentially this: The restoration of the Lord’s house by the people of God will mediate God’s presence. After the Exile, the Lord is renewing his promises to his people and calls on them to finish rebuilding the temple so that he might be with them and fulfill his promises to bless the whole world through them (2:9), particularly through the Messiah from the...

Pastor's Perspective on Apr 23, 2014

Dear Friends,

It has been a strange season in the life of First Presbyterian Church. Over the last week or so, there have been glorious highpoints and sweet seasons of grace, and there have been times of deep sorrow and grief. We’ve had the joy of Easter Sunday, where, amidst a packed sanctuary, we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord from the grave. This...

Pastor's Perspective on Apr 30, 2014

One of the great highlights on my calendar every year is the Twin Lakes Fellowship. The Fellowship is an annual pastors’ fraternal, offered free to pastors and elders, church planters and missionaries from around the country. It is one of the best ministries of our church, impacting many thousands for the kingdom through your generosity. This year was a wonderful time of worship and study, reflection and fellowship...

Pastor's Perspective on Aug 13, 2014

New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today 2 -“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”(Matt. 5:3)

In Luke’s account of the Beatitudes Jesus is recorded as having said, “Blessed are the poor” (Luke 6:20). Matthew’s account (5:3) makes Jesus’ meaning clear. The poor in view are those whose poverty of spirit demonstrates their blessed status. The blessed are the...

Pastor's Perspective on Aug 20, 2014

New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today 2 -“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”(Matt. 5:4)  

In this second beatitude the radically counter cultural ethic that governs life in Christ’s kingdom stands out in sharpest relief.  

“Our civilization is devoted to fun. The ideal life, it seems, is one continual party. Drink hard, play hard...

Pastor's Perspective on Aug 6, 2014

New Life in Christ: the Beatitudes for Today Part 1

Today we begin a short series looking at the Beatitudes. In an age when there are a multitude of voices claiming our attention and offering us ‘wisdom’, we badly need clear direction in the way we should go. How shall we live in our world in a manner that is both pleasing to God and good...

Pastor's Perspective on Dec 9, 2013

This coming Lord's Day, we will (DV) bring to a conclusion our study of the book of Hebrews, looking at the glorious benediction and final words in Hebrews 13:20-25. "20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do...

Pastor's Perspective on Feb 13, 2014

Though being without a Senior Minister is not ideal, one of the blessings we have had lately is the presence of some very fine men filling the pulpit for us here at First Presbyterian Jackson. I have been thankful and blessed by every sermon here in 2014. This coming week is no exception. We are delighted to welcome The Reverend Paul Levy to our pulpit starting...

Pastor's Perspective on Jan 8, 2014

One thing Ligon has impressed on us as he has prepared us for his leaving is that we at First Presbyterian Church have always been and will always be Word centered people.  So, with that in mind, I thought I would take this opportunity to let you know what the teaching schedule looks like for the upcoming weeks.

We got our new year off to a...