Pastor’s Desk

Pastor’s Desk

My son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.   … the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:1-2)

The Lord has been pleased to bless Westminster OPC with a rich heritage of faithful ministers of the Gospel. Rev. William (BJ) Gorrell has continued that legacy since 2003, advancing the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) in the life of the church through instructing, comforting, encouraging, and challenging God’s people to greater faith and fidelity to Lord Jesus Christ. 

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

Isaiah 55 – An Embarrassment of the Riches of Grace

“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (Isa 55:1) Isaiah 55 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible. It certainly is one of three of the greatest biblical invitations (with Matthew 11 and the end of Revelation 22) – illustrating the free offer of the gospel. This gracious word will hopefully serve well for the communion…

Would You Please Just Stop Talking!

As with most churches, ours offers a prayer and visitors card for those in attendance, to inform us of a guest or to communicate a need. They also apparently serve well for a child’s creative thoughts and/or art work. Probably the funniest card – or maybe the saddest – was one I found a few years back lying on a rear pew. Written in what appeared to be a 2nd or 3rd grade hand were these words: “Would You Please Just…

Isaiah 55 – An Invitation to the Marketplace for the Soul

Beyond the liveliness of this wonderful passage, bringing the eager believer from place to place – from the marketplace (1-2), the kingdom (3-5), before a pardoning priest (6-8), beneath a rain or snow shower (9-11), and lastly a walk in a most splendid garden (12-13), Isaiah 55 centers upon “Chesed” – translated sure “mercies” in the Old King James (verse 4). This is the OT way of saying grace, and the word “mercy” cannot bring out the fullness of this central,…

Legalism and Antinomianism

From the meteoric life of Hugh Binning; called the ‘Scots Cicero’; Professor of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow at age 19; collected works overflow 650 pages of fine practical theology in fine print; confuter of Oliver Cromwell; taken to glory when just 26: Paul almost in all his epistles sets himself against legal preachers and false teachers. It was a common error in the primitive times to confound the law and grace in the point of righteousness, or to…

Joseph Hart

We begin a new communion series this Sunday, having finished the three Psalms, 137-139. We turn our attention to Isaiah 55 for 2014: “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” I am about 90% sure we will be singing Joseph Hart’s hymn, ‘Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Wretched,” with the tune from the old Trinity Hymnal, ‘Caersalem.’ This…

Whitefield’s Testimony of His Conversion ~ Joy Big with Glory!

“God was pleased at length to remove the heavy load, to enable me to lay hold of His dear Son by a living faith, and, by giving me the spirit of adoption, to seal me, as I humbly hope, even to the day of everlasting redemption. But oh! With what joy – joy unspeakable – even joy that was full of, and big with glory, was my soul filled, when the weight of sin went off, and an abiding sense…

George Whitefield Tricentennial – 1714-1770

“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.” Come, let us adore the Lord’s gracious hand, Our Great Governor, who gave a command And charge to His angels to watch round our bed, To guard us from evils, from dangers and dread. The Shepherd alone the Lord let us bless, Who reigns on the throne – the Prince of our peace; Who ever more…