“I didn’t know that is in the Bible!”

By semi-retired pastor, Jeremy Stopford

Have you ever been reading along in your Bible and suddenly you say, “Wow! I didn’t know THAT was in the Bible?” At the start of one year as I began my Bible reading schedule, I came across a verse and thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be neat if this year I make a running record of verses that we use in daily life?”. Well, of course, I can’t find that Bible. But I DO remember a few of those verses.

And they are especially significant to those who find them! Such as:

“But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23)

Do your remember any verses like that?



Week Four, 2022

I recalled how one night a number of years ago I was speaking in a small town in north Florida, as they were celebrating the opening of their new church building. It seems that the former one had burned to the ground and they had to re-build. I asked. “When did your church burn down?” Quickly, he answered, “Oh the church never burned down, it was just the building.”

So, if it’s not a building, what is a church?


“Blessed is the Man …who”

By Semi-Retired Pastor Jeremy Stopford

 This week’s passage is a kind of testimony to the hunger of our heart. Our heart is searching for substance, for truth, in reality yes, in the big picture it is searching for God Himself.

Each of us comes to crossroads in life.

The amazing thing is that at those same crossroads, GOD IS THERE, TOO! For He is hungry for us, for our fellowship, for our communion, and for fresh glory being brought to Him from our trust in His work at Calvary through the Son!

To experience this, to enjoy God’s blessing in its fullness, we must meet him at the crossroads.

Are you listening for the voice that can bring that blessing?


Wood, Hay, and Stubble

Week Three, 2022

If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear… fire will test each one’s work…

All of us have choices. How we will invest our talents and resources. What we will do with our time.

What are your priorities?



by Semi-Retired Pastor Jeremy Stopford

Who can ever forget the old TV show, “Hogan’s Heroes”?

Sergeant. Schultz– the dimwitted non-commissioned officer who was responsible for overseeing the prisoners of war at Stalag 13–would often be confronted either by his Colonel or by one of the prisoners, and his standard reply was, “I know NOTHING, NOTHING!”

Have you considered what our Lord would have you learn as opposed to that which he would have you remain ignorant?

“I know nothing!”


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