Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
Sermon Podcast No current service | Search sermon archives:


Doctrinal Statement

Vision Statement

Church History

Sermon Archives


> Pastor's Blog

Members Page

Church Calendar

Prayer Concerns

Resources and Links

Contact Us

What's this?

Pastor's Blog

Waiting and Gathering 11.16.2014

In life we soon learn that the best things in life are worth waiting for. We learn this by experience from many different aspects of life as through trial and error we strive to learn to control the impulses of our fallen nature which promise instant gratification. We may hear someone say, "Now, that was worth waiting for." In the parable of last week which focused on those who were waiting for the bridgroom to come to the wedding, we were reminded of the importance of being watchful while we are awaiting the glorious return of our Dear Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We have been reminded in the 24th chapter of this Gospel that His awaited appearing is certain, it will be sudden, it will be visible and He will come when life is going on in a normal fashion.

Even though there are those today who do not look for the appearing of our Lord, we are encouraged in the midst of looming persecution, in the midst of those who scoff at the possibility of his return, and in the midst of life continuing as usual. And we with the Thessalonian Christians await eagerly the glorious return of our Lord. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

Not knowing when He will return, we lean forward on our seats of watching and waiting as we look up for our redemption, knowing that He promised to come back for us. For just as the bride awaited the coming of her bridegroom for the consummation of their marriage and all the expectations that goes along with that union, we await the fulfilment of the promise that Christ sealed with His own blood on the cross of Calvary. The complete consummation of our union with Christ has yet to be completed, but it will be so when He returns for us, according to His promise.

May this expectant hope keep us steadfast so that we may perserve during our waiting time, as we patiently and quietly dispense the deposit of the Gospel to all with whom we have opportunity to do so. May the abundance of His grace toward us continue to fill us to overflowing so that others may be gathered into His great kingdom of God. For our Father wants to gather all...

In our gathering, He calls upon us to be faithful to Him. He does not want us to put fruitfulness ahead of faithfulness.

Here is an overall outline for our text today:

1. God Entrusts us with His Grace/The Gospel v 14
2. He Apportions His Gifts in Us v 15-18
3. He calls us to give account of our stewardship v 19-25
4. He rewards our stewardship according to His standard v 26-30

Introductory Notes:

In these times, slaves worked for their masters, depended upon them to take care of them and all of the fruits of their labors were given to their master. They were to labor faithfully for the benefit of their master and he would reward according to how he saw fit.

A talent is a monetary unit. It is a trust that is given to a person with which increase is expected. It would be similar to a bank deposit.
True apprehension of life is faithful stewardship of that which God has entrusted us with: The Gospel

1. God Entrusts us with His Grace

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
We have been given grace, we are participants in his kingdom and Our Father has entrusted us with the Gospel through the Word of God. He has entrusted us with this most valuable deposit which is called the ministry of reconciliation in 2 Cor 5: 19. He has entrusted us with the most powerful substance ever: His Word, which when believed brings one from darkness to light.

2. He Apportions His Gifts/His Trust in Us

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

3. He calls us to give account of our stewardship

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

He rewards faithfulness, not fruitfulness. If there is fruit, it must flow out of one who is faithful to God.

Our gifts are to be used for the benefit of the overall body. I remember reading one of Louie L'amour's books in which there one of the cowboys when questioned about his loyalty to his boss, replied in this manner: "I ride for the brand."

By using our gifts, we cultivate them so as to increase them

A reward for faithfulness is receiving greater trust by God

4. He rewards our stewardship according to His standard

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The faithful servants were told" "Well done, thou good and faithful servant," but this man was called wicked and slothful/lazy. The man maintained that he "knew" who the master was, but in reality he did not "know." For he had created in his own mind of who the master was and so therefore he acted accordingly, by in fear burying that deposit that had been given to him to trade on. He was not faithful to his master.Our perceived insignificance of one's gifts never excuses neglect.

In conclusion, let us be reminded that our Lord desires faithfulness to Him and His Word while we are awaiting His return for us. May we keep our eyes on Him as we await that glorious day. Yes, He wants faithfulness from us.

When we lived out west I used to regularly listen to a certain minister, whom I will refer to as Ron, on the radio as I drove to work in the early mornings, a drive that sometimes would be for nearly two hours one way. This particular minister had a large ministry in the state of Oregon and by listening to his regular broadcast I received much encouragement and teaching. After we moved here nearly 14 years ago, I lost contact with him until a year ago when somehow his name came up and my interest was perked. As I researched his life for the last 14 years I discovered that he had died 5 years ago of leukemia.

Was I surprised... As I continued to look into his life and ministry I discovered that he had been serving in the ministry all those years that I listened to him while battling leukemia. As I read more and more of this pastor Ron, and as I learned of the reason for his being so compassionate, I grew more interested in knowing more about him and his life. So I ordered a few books that he had written. It was in one of those books that I read a story that he told that seems to be the illustration that would best fit here today to bring this teaching of Jesus into our hearts and lives.

Ron shared of the life of a fellow pastor who was a faithful teacher and preacher of the Word, who was the pastor of a small country church that struggled with a lack of attendance. He said that the pastor was faithful to the Word, worked hard in his duties of pastoring and caring for the small flock that he had been entrusted with by the Lord. As the pastor served faithfully preaching and teaching the Word, for some reason the attendance kept dropping so that his wife had to go to work and then he had to take a part time joy inorder to support himself. If that was not enough, the middle aged man contracted cancer and then died at 54 years old......

As Ron sat at this fellow pastor's funeral in the small church with very few people in attendance, at struggled with the ways of God in this pastor's life and death, truth came to him in this way: "I could sit here and think according to my ways that this man's life was not very fruitful, if I used human standards to judge. I could think on the fruitfulness of the ministry that I have been serving in as the measure of success, but that would not be according to God. My dear fellow pastor was faithful to His Lord, and that is the standard by which God rewards his servants: Did they faithfully handle the deposit of the Gospel that the Lord placed in them and also entrusted them with?"

Our God wants faithfulness, not fruitfulness.

1 Tim 1:14 I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.

Regardless of our age and station in life, we are called to trust God in what He has done for us through His Son for the forgiveness of our sins. We are also called to live in this experience as we daily face the struggles and challenges that exist in our world today, demonstrating that we are His through trusting in Him to deliver us through each day.

We are also called share the Word of God with others which releases captives from captivity and from slavery to self and sin. We must not put fruitfulness ahead of being faithful to our Lord despite what our flesh may pull us toward, regardless of what Satan may try to entice us with or regardless of what the culture of this world might pressure us into.

We must stay faithful to the Word of the Lord, so that His releasing
Gospel will have its good and true effect: The forgiveness of sins and the deposit of faith in the heart, which then comes forth in love.

May the Lord bless us in our thoughts and meditations in His Word today and always.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 16 Nov 2014 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Blessed are You! 11/2/2014
Dear friend,

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and from His Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

KJV Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. {falsely: Gr. lying}
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

When I was still at home as a young boy sitting at the dinner table and was being very picky about what I would eat, my mom would remind me that there are starving children in India who would love eat off of my plate. I remember not being able to understand her and would silently cry out, "But I am not in India, I am in the United States." In other words, her reasoning made no sense to me at all. I could not relate...

In a similar way a statements made by Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of the VOM missionary organization are not very easily understood by most of us here in our country. He spent 14 years in a prison in Communist occupied Romania and afterward reflected on that experience with three statements.

It was in prison that I learned that the Gospel was for the Communists.
It was in prison that I learned that I was to bring them the Gospel.
It was through being beaten and tortured by them that I learned to love them.

Those three statements have been burned in my mind and heart since I heard them even since I read his most famous book, Tortured for Christ. It has been six years since I read that book but I am still somewhat mistified as to how he could ever learn to love his persecutors through being beat by them. It is clear that he knew and lived in true blessedness, for he loved not his own life but had laid it down for his captors. For he knew that he had already received his inheritance of heaven and if hia physical life was taken, he would see God forever in heaven. He knew what it meant when Jesus said "blessed are you when men revile you, persecute you, speak all manner of evil against you, for my sake,"

On this day in which is called All Saints Day and also a day that the Church is called to remember those who are being persecuted, may God by His grace open our understanding so that we may be able to grasp what it means live in a state of blessedness. For Jesus, the King of Heaven has come to bless. Truly the blessing that He came to give is not according to our human way of thinking. It was opposite of that, and which has commonly been referred to as the Great Reversal, or today it is referred to as Counter Cultural.

This blessedness is a state of being, not something we work for in order to attain it. It is our state of assurance that God is faithful to His promises to deliver us through all our trials here on this earth, and that through these trials His purposes are being worked out through our lives.
These verses before us today are characteristics of one who has come to know and experience what true blessedness is, men like Richard Wurmbrandt, whom we have referred to, to women like Margaret Clarkson, the writer of our offertory hymn today, and the woman whom we will quote later on in this message.

This blessedness is a state of being, not something we work for in order to attain it.

Perhaps an illustration would help us to see what is being said here.
If you knew you were going to inherit a fortune, you know that would be happy for eventually you would be the owner of great riches. You and everyone around you would know that you will one day have the inheritance. Therefore you are happy in this knowledge in the present and certainly will be in the future when the inheritance beomes reality.
It is similar to what is being said in these verses of this text, for we are blessed, happy because of our knowledge of our future inheritance in which we will share in along with all the saints. We are not working to get this inheritance, for it has already been given to us now as the kingdom is now present. The more we trust in the faithfulness of God to deliver His promises, the more eager we lean forward in expectation of that which will eventually come to pass.

Jesus hungered to bring this Good News to mankind:

John 4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Being a member of the family of God, we seek to live out that which we have been created for: Community, which is marked by love for God and for one another and for all the world. Apostle Paul reveals his love for community and for all of humanity, and his purpose in life was to bring the Good News to them.

Acts 20: 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

His kingdom is here, suffering for being identified with Him is part of being in His kingdom, but there is a joy that lasts forever that is our inheritance. As Christians, we have the promise of the inheritance now, and so knowing that why would not one be happy in this present age, why would one not want to convince others to come along, and why would not one be looking eagerly ahead to the coming of His eternal kingdom?

Last year I received this email from a woman who shared her thoughts on a similar teaching in the Gospel of Luke. Her husband of many years passed away within the last year.

"I will try to write thoughts about Luke 6 17 to 31. I'm having a tired day. so it may apply to the text. he may mean we are blessed when we are tired because we turn to Him and His word seems to mean more when we are empty. When we are hungry for Him.

In Jeremiah 31 God says He will put the fear of Him in our hearts. Eldie Niskanen's version said, "I will put a desire for Me in their hearts's.
When this desire kicks in and we long for Him we are blessed. When we are hungry for Him and His Word we are blessed. it draws us together, draws us to His Word like we can't get enough of it. We are like the ground longing for water and The Word waters us and plants seeds and fruit grows.

Some people have been given the gift of poverty even though they have money. They give out of that poverty and they are given joy. The poverty is true humility. They "get it" that it has nothing to do with money.

The deepest longings of our hearts are blessings."

All humanity has been given by God the longings for intimacy with Him. When these longings lead us to a place of our need for Him, they bring blessing to us, and we are "blessed." But if those longings, result in us not seeking the true God in Christ, and we look for satisfaction in created things, well.....

So the deepest longings of our hearts are indeed from God, are given by Him in order to cause us to seek Him, but due to our fallen nature's susceptibility to settle for created things as means by which to find satisfaction and meaning, we often struggle greatly in this area.

King David struggled also. When he was in the wilderness, he cried out to God.

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

May these closing words feed our hungry souls today, by giving us that assurance that we are loved, that He will carry us all the way through and that the love that He has shed abroad in our hearts will sustain us in the valleys of life until we are translated from this place to the City in heaven.

Pastor Orval

Posted on 02 Nov 2014 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

<< Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 Next >>

Blog archives...

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/cutenews/show_news.php on line 41

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 63

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 63

Deprecated: Function eregi() is deprecated in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/cutenews/inc/shows.inc.php on line 63

Waiting and Gathering 11.16.2014
- Posted by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/library/inc/_cws_functions.php on line 9
2/28 7:00 pm:Lent Service
3/7 7:00 pm:Lent Service
3/14 7:00 pm:Lent Service
3/21 7:00 pm:Lent service
3/23 11:30 a.m.:Senior Luncheon
See Full Calendar...

Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/cws_user/kingstonalc.com/library/inc/_cws_functions.php on line 9
The Lawry Kilpela family as they grieve but yet rejoice in Lawry's being called home.