“Encountering a Living Presence”

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Nov 172019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE; “Encountering a Living Presence”.  By:  Ron Woodrum

        Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, told a very fascinating story about an encounter he had while getting his hair cut at a Barbershop. Listen to his words: “I was sitting in a barber chair when I was aware that a powerful personality had entered the room. A man had come quietly in upon the same errand as myself to have his hair cut and sat in the chair next to me. Every word that the man uttered, though it was not in the least bit didactic, showed a personal interest in the man who was serving him. And before I got through with what was being done to me I was aware I had attended an evangelistic service, because D.L Moody was in that chair. I purposely lingered in the room after he had left and noted the singular affect that his visit had brought upon the barber shop. They talked in undertones. They did not know his name, but they knew something had elevated their thoughts, and I felt that I left that place as I should have left a place of worship”… (John MacArthur, Matthew, p.236). That is Christian Influence! Do you and I carry a Living Presence of our Loving Lord’s Personality with us? The great Methodist preacher E. Stanley Jones says that “the number one problem of the modern Church today is irrelevancy!” We are not impacting lives as we should! The dynamic presence of our living Lord is notably absent from our lives! People see our lives…but there is nothing out of the ordinary to turn their heads. As Christians we must not settle for that. We need to walk in such a communion with our Lord that our lives turn heads and hearts for Him. Someone has written:












Edgar Guest has another poem entitled “The Living Sermon” He writes:


I’d rather see a sermon

than hear one any day

I’d rather you would walk with me

than merely tell the way


The eye’s a better pupil

and more willing than the ear.

Fine counsel is confusing

but example is always clear


The best of all the preachers

are men who live their creeds

For to see good put into action

is what everybody needs  


The lecture you deliver

may be very wise and true

but I’d rather get my lesson

by observing what you do!


Eileen Guder chides Christians for not living passionate spiritual lives. She writes: “Live a bland life. Eat bland food. Avoid an ulcer. Drink no coffee, tea, or stimulants in the name of health! Go to bed early. Avoid all night life! Avoid controversy. Never offend anyone! Mind your own business. Never get involved in anybody’s problems. Save all your money for the future, never splurge on anything….and you can still break your neck getting out of the bathtub…and it serves you right! Living a humdrum life never impacts anyone! Fear not your life will come to an end! Fear it never had a beginning!”

Henry Clay Morrison, founder of Asbury Seminary in Kentucky, tells how he was out plowing in the field when a Methodist Circuit Riding preacher came by. The preacher had such a powerful presence about him that he was overwhelmed with conviction for his sin. He dropped to his knees and surrendered to Christ as his Savior. We may not have that kind of presence emanating from us, but we MUST HAVE A PRESENCE THAT IMPACTS LIVES OR WE ARE FAILING OUR LORD! In his book Filled With the Spirit, Richard Ellsworth Day makes this perceptive observation: “It would be no surprise, if a study of secret causes were undertaken, to find that every golden era in human history proceeds from the devotion and righteous passion of some single individual. This does not set aside the sovereignty of God; it simply indicates the instrument through which He uniformly works. There are no bona fide mass movements; it just looks that way! At the center of the column there is always one man who knows His God, and knows where he is going!” Ask God to make you and I those individuals! Those who are living with an encountering Presence!

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Nov 102019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: “GOD GIVES JACOB HOLY HEAVEN…AND IT’S ON THE HOUSE!”  By:  Ron Woodrum   The book of Genesis makes no attempt to conceal the fact that Jacob was, among other things, a crook. What’s more, you get the feeling that whoever wrote up his seamy adventures got a real kick out of them. Twice […]

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“The greatness of a man is the measure of his surrender!”

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Nov 032019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: “The greatness of a man is the measure of his surrender!”  By:  Ron Woodrum   Most of us are very familiar with the ministry of the Salvation Army. We have all given donations to the Red Kettle, and probably many of us have even taken a turn or two at “ringing the bell”.  […]

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“If they’re breathing-they need Jesus!”

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Oct 272019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: “If they’re breathing-they need Jesus!”  By:  Ron Woodrum   One of the most interesting and convicting authors I have ever read is Mark Cahill. He has only written two books. One is the book One Heartbeat Away: Your Journey into Eternity. It is a disturbing account of how we live with death every […]

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The Church’s Last and Lasting Promise

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Oct 202019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: The Church’s Last and Lasting Promise  by:  Ron Woodrum   The names Saipan, Iwo Jima, Samoa, Guadalcanal, Bataan, Corregidor to name just a few, meant very little to Americans in the early 1940’s. They were just some God-forsaken pieces of real estate somewhere in the South Pacific! But they would soon become household […]

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“The Right Side of the Cross”

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Oct 132019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: “The Right Side of the Cross”. By:  Ron Woodrum   As you read the New Testament narratives that describe the Cross of Jesus Christ you follow his footsteps along the Via Dolorosa-The way of suffering. On this crosswalk there were various Divine appointments that Jesus had with certain individuals as this cross walk […]

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“The Burden of Living in All Three Tenses-at One Time!”

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Oct 062019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: “The Burden of Living in All Three Tenses-at One Time!”  By:  Ron Woodrum In his book-For The Living of These Days, William M. Elliott Jr. observes, “The reason so many of us are overwrought, tense, distracted, and anxious is that we have never mastered the art of living one day at a time. […]

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“The Black Velvet that Displays the Diamond of the Love of God”.

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Sep 222019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: “The Black Velvet that Displays the Diamond of the Love of God”. By:  Ron Woodrum  The Parable of the Prodigal Son has been called “The Most Beautiful Story Ever Told!”– (William Cowper-Hymn writer). It has been called “The greatest short story ever written-with such drama that is so clear and precise that everyone […]

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“Jesus in Running Shoes-muscular Christianity with a radiant godliness”.

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Sep 152019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: “Jesus in Running Shoes-muscular Christianity with a radiant godliness”.  By:  Ron Woodrum   At the 54th Academy Awards, 1982, honoring the movies of 1981, there were many excellent films vying for the best picture award. There was On Golden Pond, starring Henry Fonda, in his last film, along with Catherine Hepburn, and his […]

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“Can Christians be Indubitably real ever again?”

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Sep 082019

PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: “Can Christians be Indubitably real ever again?” By:  Ron Woodrum   The Wesleyan revival of the eighteenth century was one of the great outpourings of the Spirit, and the secret to retaining the fruits of revival was the class meetings that were held by the Wesley’s. They emphasized Bible reading, prayer, holiness and […]

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