Well here we are at the beginning of February, the NCAA National Championship has been decided, Super Bowl 51 is set to be play in a few days, a New President has been sworn in and America is back on track for another year. This year will offer to all on earth, the opportunity to succeed in the challenges that will arise, or to fail but the choice is there for all. Whether your team won the Championship or is in the Super bowl or perhaps your not in anyway concerned about either, one thing is for sure, you are facing a New Year the same as every one else. You have the chance to make a impact on this year or allow this year to impact you which ever happens you still have a choice. As I study and prepare my own heart for this year and I perceive the next challenge that my family and I could face, I am reminded of those found within the Word of God who faced similar challenges and have through their faith in the Lord and His abilities survived and succeeded. I look at their circumstance and wonder within my heart, if I should be faced with that same situation would I handle it in the same manner or would I attempt to face it on my own and alone? Perhaps you have the same emotions, questions as do I, and wonder what do I do to prepare myself for that occasion should they arise? I would like to share with you my thoughts on this and hopefully encourage you as well throughout this year.
As I read God's word I find the similarity between myself and those found in the Scripture to be that we each face our own challenges, or tribulations with a certain amount of human fear. Not the fear one would have if they heard their Doctor give them a diagnosis of a terminal disease, rather the fear of uncertainty. Now I am in no way minimizing the news of that diagnosis, because within my family I have heard that news and it is devastating in itself. I am speaking of the fear you and I have when we are not certain of what the future, even tomorrow might bring. When I sense this fear coming on in my personal life, I turn to the Word of God for comfort and peace of mind and guidance. One of the first places I turn in the Scripture is Psalm 56:1-3 which reads" Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me. Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee" (KJV). Now there is not enough words within my vocabulary to adequately explain to you the times I have found myself at this passage of scripture reading verse 3 over and over because of my circumstance. I have many times went to this passage and countless times over and referred others to read it for their situation and not once has the Written Word of God left me discouraged or depressed. I have because of my weakened spiritual condition and lack of faith found myself asking the Lord for forgiveness because I had not turned to Him quicker, but He has never let me down. There is another passage that quickly comes to mind is found in Isaiah's writings. Is. 43:19 says in the KJV - Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. When I am facing decisions I look to God's Word comfort. I have found great solace in reading the Bible and while I have read and studied the Bible for many years I have learned this one thing, and that is the Word of God is ALIVE!!!!
As we look ahead, this year has the potential of being the best year in the history of mankind and at the same time it proposes the chance to go down liken unto one as described by President Roosevelt did the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, one of infamy. The outcome of this year is hidden to us as humans but to our God He is aware of every minute detail and has never been caught off guard, not even one second. For that reason, I find great comfort knowing this, even though I am not privy to the events of the next hour, let alone the next eleven months, I know God certainly is. He is everywhere, and knows everything, and strong enough to handle it all without even breaking a sweat. It is my conviction that the Lord is aware of the events that are happening in the capitol Washington DC, as well as in Jerusalem simultaneously, He is also keenly aware of your circumstance right now regardless of what it may be,. I am convinced He cares enough about us that if Jesus had not come to earth, lived the perfect life, died and rose again already, He would send Him even now just for you and me. I know God is ready for what ever this year will bring, and He is ready for whatever your situation is and He is ready with ample forgiveness and grace to welcome you with open arms, to forgive, and forget our sins without question.
The question now is, are you ready for this new year? Are you ready for the challenges of this year? Is your relationship with the Lord one that you can go to Him with your every need, and find comfort? Are you ready to face the fact this could be our last day on this earth? I am certain we can cast all of our cares on the Lord because He cares for us.
If you are not ready to face the Lord in eternity, you can right now by simply realizing that all people, you, me, and those across the waters are sinners according to Romans 3:9. However even in our sins, God cared for us so much He sent Jesus, His only Son to become our atoning Sacrifice, to pay our sin debt which we cannot pay, all because He loves us. So regardless of your situation, God will, if you repent which means to turn away from that sin, forgive you of your sins and set you on a path under His leadership transforming you into His servant. The Apostle Paul teaches us in his letter to the church at Corinth, if anyone is in Christ ( that means if you have Trusted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, inviting Him into your heart), you are a new creation, because old things are past away and all things become new. I trust you are a "new" creation through Jesus Christ.
I want to thank you for visiting our website, and for taking time out of your busy day to read my blog, I am truly honored that you stop by and feel free to leave a message letting me know your thoughts.
May the Lord richly bless you is my sincere prayer;
Dr. Roger White
Its that time again, it seems like it was just yesterday we were facing the year 2016 wondering what it would bring, how we would fair, and who would see it to the end. Many have faced it with courage, and fearlessness while others have crumpled underneath it's hardships. There have been many tragedy's which have claimed the lives of people around the world. Likewise there have been many triumph's that have lifted the spirits of people and encouraged nations around the world. In America we have survived yet another election and there will be pro's and con's that we will face as the results for sure. Whether or not you are happy with the results of the election is not relative, because we will all have a new president come January 2017 and this is our Country and what happens from here we will all see together. I am convinced that the person who sits in the President's seat is not the one who will hold our futures, nor will the congress or any other elected official. It is my belief that the Lord Jesus Christ holds our future, and He clearly told us in His word that we would have tribulations in this earth if we chose to follow Him, but not to fear, because He has overcome the World (John 16:33). He also told us through King Solomon, the remedy for a Nation to be restored and healed in His sight, which is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14 which reads “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn (repent) from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (NKJV) Therefore I believe this Country can be Great again, but not in the eyes of men, or other nations, but in the eyes of God. If we will but take the remedy and follow it to the letter, there are great days ahead for America however they will only come through a return of God's people to Him!
Now having said all of that, its time to look ahead to the coming New Year. At our house, which we affectionately call "The White House", 2016 has been quite difficult. My Sweetie (Katherine, my wife of 35 years) has had 4 hip surgeries on the same hip, and a serious neck surgery all in this year, so needless to say we are certainly looking for a New Year to begin. With a New Year many people make resolutions for the coming year. Things they intend to do or determined not to do, most of which never make it through the first week, let alone the entire year. At the "White House" we don't make "New Year's resolutions for that reason. Many years ago we decided that we would take the time to examine our past year, the events that happened, both good and not so good, and see how we handled them, and make a commitment to work harder at those areas of disappointments and discouragement and be more faithful and committed to not allow our lives to be controlled by those situations. We also decided the coming of a new year was also a great time to examine our relationship with the Lord and upon discovering our successes give the glory to the Lord and uncovering our failures commit the the Lord to devote ourselves more in the New Year to His Kingdom work and purpose for our lives. Truth is none of us know what this 2017 will bring to our homes and hearts, yet we all have the opportunity to make a difference in this world if we as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, commit in 2017 to trust the Lord more with those things we feel we can handle as they appear, then when difficult times and decisions arise, our relationship with the Lord will carry us through these most difficult times.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, everyone who has visited our site, read our news, listened to a sermon or read this blog, because without you and the many others like you we would not be able to share Friendship abroad. It is our prayer that you and your family have the very best New Year in 2017. That you will take this time to reflect upon 2016, your highs and lows, and make a commitment to strengthen your weaknesses in 2017, strive to better your success and devote more time to your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you do not have a Church home and live in the area of our church come by and visit with us. If you have never trusted Jesus as your Savior, I pray that in 2017 before its too late you will take time and invite Jesus into your heart and home as Lord and Savior. If you do not live in this area, you can visit our site anytime you like, listen to sermons and hear the Gospel and the way to receive Jesus into your heart. You can also contact me through this site, by email, or phone or letter whichever is your preference. We have a prayer page you can post your prayer requests there anytime.
May the Lord bless you richly in the New Year is my prayer,
Dr. Roger White, Senior Pastor
Well it have been an while since may last addition to the Blog page. While I must admit I am quite new at this part of this technological world, I have a difficult finding the time to write my thoughts down. Therefore I am trying to broadening my horizons and to do that blogging is a part of it. Please understand that many things during the days, weeks, months distract us from doing what we intend. Case in point, many people do what we affectionately call "Spring Cleaning". I remember as a child hearing my mother and grandmothers say they were getting their spring cleaning done, and while I didn't understand all that it meant, I understood that it was deeply involved. With Spring having now come and leaving it is time we as the church turn our focus upon Vacation Bible School (VBS). VBS is still the best evangelist tool we as the church has. Children throughout the halls of history have attended in some fashion VBS as I did growing up. I hear people all of the time share of their memories of their experience in VBS and almost without fail it is those memories that provokes them to be involved in VBS in their church. The theme or the craft or the music, or maybe it was the snacks they received that impacted them so greatly. I get excited as VBS time approaches because it is a time we can interact with these children who come from all walks of life and learn their names and share the love of the Lord with them. Maybe you have had a experience similar to what I have mentioned that sticks out in the chronicles of your mind. One that has many times brought a smile to your face, or a pleasant reminder of how much the Lord loves you and through that VBS you came closer to the Lord. Maybe you were saved at VBS and forever your life has been effected by someone's desire to share Jesus. As I reflect on years past, I can see many children who invited Jesus into their heart now all grown up with their children headed to this year's edition of VBS.
Our theme this year is and as with any VBS program we are excited to see those faces light up with the music and message about Jesus and to see how Jesus will ignite in them the desire to know Him and to follow Him throughout their lives. The workers have been praying and preparing for their part of this year and we as a church have been praying for the Lord to stir in the hearts of these children. Our VBS is June 5-9 and the time is 6-8:30 PM each night. We would like to invite you and your family to join us this year and let's dive in together "Finding Truth below the Surface" , Its going to be a GREAT time.
As I began this blog, it was about Spring Cleaning, I want to encourage you to take a close look at your personal walk with the Lord and determine if the need is there for some "Spring Cleaning" in your heart. The Psalmist wrote these words which have been quoted many times throughout history " Search me O God and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts" Ps. 139:23. I would encourage you today to do just that. Ask the Lord to search your heart and thoughts and make a clean heart in you.
Have a great summer and until next time, may the Lord bless you richly is my prayer.
Well here we are in the Middle of January and most people have by now made and broken their "New Years Resolution". While most have the best of intentions many had no intention at all to keep and maintain their commitment. This world is a fallen world and so are the people in it. We are living in a time where commitment is thrown out, now it is simply a mentality of self preservation and self satisfaction. Regardless of the point of commitment, home, school, work, marriage, and yes even to the Lord and His House, there seems to be an attitude of only if it makes me happy mentality. When I was a young boy, most everyone I knew went to church, and most everyone I knew was aware of their responsibility to choose their own destination, Heaven or Hell. Today it is as if most folks go to church only when they have nothing else to do or nowhere to go for that day. Many people I come in contact with truly know very little about the Lord and His plans for their lives. In fact we are holding fewer Meetings at the House of God and Many more at the City Halls across America. It is my belief if we would do as the Lord instructed King Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:14, to repent and turn back to God and seek His face, then HE, yes God in Heaven will hear our prayers of repentance and heal our land. It is also my conviction that we have allowed the world to affect the church and change how the Lord designed and instituted the Church back in the book of Acts. I believe the Lord Jesus saw the routine of religion infecting the hearts of the people, as He found in the temple money changers and the rut of religious tradition converting the House of God from that of a place of prayer to a place of commerce (Matthew 21:12-13) and He turned over their tables and ran them out of the Temple. Today we have allowed the influence of the world to trickle into the church and change the way she was designed to be. As Christians it is vital we realize that our commitment to the Lord and His house is evident to the outside world the non believers. They can see if we are truly committed to the Lord or not. The Truth is we should show our commitment to God and as a church that committment will show in our homes jobs and schools, and as a result affect or change the world we are in.
The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that any person who have been saved by Jesus, washed in the blood of Jesus, forgiven by the Grace of God is a NEW creation. That in itself implies that through our commitment to the Lord, we should therefore be different from the world, in fact the Apostle Paul concludes this in 2 Corinthians 6:17- that we are to be a separate people, we are to come out from among them, and dare to be different.
I want to encourage you this year to be just that, DIFFERENT from the world, from the normal, from the usual and ordinary. We are to make an impact in our world not let the world impact us. Those 12 men who were there on the day of Pentecost were credited for turning the world upside down for Jesus.
Let's be known in history for the doing the same thing in our world in 2016.
Happy New Year;
Well its the first of December and the world is in a spin trying to get everything finished and every detail completed for the Holidays. The business world is putting the finishing touches on their year in hopes of having that stellar year. The schools are preparing for the close of the first semester and their long for time away from the schedule of school. All the while every family is either looking forward to or dreading the next few days with their greatest passion. Maybe you grew up with elaborate and glorious decorations in your home, or maybe your memories of this time of year is filled with the smell of your favorite Christmas meals and the joy of having families gathered together celebrating and enjoying each others fellowship and company. Or maybe you do not share these ideas of Christmas, or maybe your memories are not so elaborate and you are not so as excited about this time of year as I am and maybe you are not looking as forward as I am about all of the entire Christmas event.
Myself, I am really excited because first of all this is the time of year we celebrate the Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us that the Lord was born to the Virgin Mary and the sole reason He came was to offer an atoning sacrifice once and for all times for fallen man. In this world we live there are many religions. I am satisfied one would have little difficulty finding a religion for any whim one might have. However there are those recognized established religions throughout the world that people profess to be a part of. Me, I choose Jesus personally and here is why. All of the religious systems which are in fact recognized as such and there are over 300 at the current time, all of those systems teaches sinful man must be in search of Holy God. Mankind as we know us indeed are fallen, and all of these systems agree to this fact. All of these systems teach that this man who is imperfect and sinful by nature, must do his diligence to live a certain way to gain God's attention to gain favor in His sight. That we must do something so spectacular and monumental that the gods's will see our actions and shine favor upon us. All of those systems EXCEPT Christianity. Christianity teaches us that yes mankind is fallen, sinful, unrighteous, :Paul said it this way, "all men are under the penalty of sin" (Roman 3:9) and Christianity teaches us that Holy God came looking for us. I am so glad that even though I might live a good life, there is NO way I could ever live good enough to deserve salvation. Neither could I live in such a evil way that God's love and Grace and Mercy could not find me and rescue me. That is the amazing thing about Christianity, Jesus Loves me and came looking for me. for He told Zaccheaus that He came to seek and save those who were lost (Luke 19:10). That was me. lost in my sins, and Jesus came to provide a way that me, a sinful and unholy man could live eternally with Him Holy God. You can too! That is AMAZING Grace indeed.
It is my prayer that you will have a wonderful Christmas, and I want to invite you to come join us at Friendship for worship as we gather to worship Jesus this Christmas.
Thank you and God Bless;
Dr. Roger White