Trusting in the Lord

Pastor Nancy Teachings

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” For some of us, these verses are familiar and can bring an “of course!” type of response from us.  “Of course, I am trusting in the Lord! I’m a Christian!” But are we really? Is it an automatic thing that because we are Christians, we are trusting in the Lord and not leaning on our own understanding? Let’s do a word study to find out! Starting with verse 5: The Hebrew word for “trust” here is “batach” and it means: to trust; to have confidence in, be confident; to be secure. The dictionary definition of trust is: to confide in; to set one’s hope and confidence in; to make secure; to be secure, to fear nothing for oneself. The Hebrew word for “heart” here is “Lav” and it means: inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding. The Hebrew word for “lean” here is “sha’an” and it means: to lean on; to trust in; support oneself. The Hebrew word for “understanding” is “biyanh” and it means understanding; discernment. The dictionary definition is: …

Sing, Enlarge, Spread Out!

Pastor Nancy Teachings

Sing, Enlarge, Spread Out! “Sing, O childless woman, you who have never given birth!…For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband.” Isa. 54:1   Who knew that we would be in this place when I wrote last month’s Pastor’s Word on New Beginnings? God is amazingly wonderful and faithful to encourage and to edify even when we don’t realize in the moment how much we will need it in the days ahead! Last month He told us He was doing a new thing, and since He is not a man that He should lie or the son of man that He should change His mind, has He not said it? Shall He not do it? Has He not spoken it? Shall He not make it good? Yes He shall! As we enter into this new season of transition, let us remember the encouraging word we heard on Sunday, Jan. 31st through Pastor John Picarello. From the scripture mentioned above, we are encouraged to sing, to enlarge our house and to spread out our home—and spare no expense because of the future glory God has for us! All of the desolation we have …

A Time for Courage

Pastor Nancy Teachings

“…be courageous…I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33b   In the scripture referenced above, Jesus is encouraging His disciples, and us, to be courageous, to take heart, though we will face trouble, tribulations and sorrows, He is giving us perfect peace as we rest in Him—for He has overcome the world and all of it’s sorrows and troubles. Right now, in our church life and some of us in our personal lives, are facing trials and tribulations.  In Greek, the word “tribulation”  carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is “no way of escape” (“hemmed in”).  In addition to the financial pressures, ministry pressures, our senior Pastor is now in a physical battle for his health. And since we are a family, we are in it with him. So this word definitely fits our current circumstances. However, we, like Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8, “are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.”  So this is not a time to worry, to be frightened, to fret, be anxious or driven to despair. This is a time to fight, to trust …