The Dangers of being Drawn off Mission – Read this Article by Sam Powell

Sam Powell has written a blog post that is important for us all to read. He has been pressured more than once (as have I) by adherents of various schools of conspiracy claims to read a littany of articles on the subject and, essentially, join the team and focus on warning others about various secretive conspiracies.  But our role as pastors requires us to stay on target and not get sidetracked from our mission, which is to preach the gospel of Christ and teach His people His Word.

In my opinion, these kinds of rabbit trails are what Paul warned Timothy about:

1 Timothy 1:3-5 ESV  As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine,  (4)  nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.  (5)  The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

You will understand more when you read Sam’s article since he does such a great job stating the issues.  Here is the link to his post:

Abuse and Conspiracy Theories

Thank you Pastor Powell!

Good Friday: A Remembrance of Our Lord’s Passion on Calvary

Every Good Friday our church here in Tillamook holds a special service in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross. We have followed exactly the same format for many years now, ending with everyone departing the sanctuary in silence as a reminder of the grief of that “good” day.  Of course it was good in the sense that the work was finished. Christ atoned for our sins and the power of death was taken from the devil.  The author of Hebrews puts it this way:

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