Message from Rev. Danielson – July 2016

This week, we will have crossed the boundary from Spring to Summer. One of the early great promises of God is found in Genesis 8:22:
“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

Even though the world seems to be doing a lot of shaking these days, God is keeping His Word. Speaking of His Word, two Bible studies began this week on the book of Daniel. At Tuesday’s 10:00 A.M. class, 27 were present. At Wednesday’s 6:00 P.M. class, 21 were present. Your math is probably better than mine, but with a church of about 150 attendees, 48 or 1/3rd were in Bible Study. There is no reason that this could not grow to 1/2 in no time. You pick the study time that is best for you.

Come and make it happen!
Pastor Paul

Message from Rev. Danielson – May 2016

Dear Starkdale Family and Friends,

May has come, and June will soon follow.  My, how time flies!   I continue to be amazed at the unity of the saints gathered here at Starkdale, and that is the place where God dwells.  I can only encourage you to stay close to God and close to each other.

I am praying that our God will be pleased to pour out His Spirit upon us in new ways and beyond measure.

Lord, bless your people gathered here!

Rev. Paul Danielson

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Message from Rev. Danielson – April 2016

Dear Starkdale Members and Friends,

Spring is sprung but our work is never done.  There is a healthy busyness to the happenings at Starkdale.  The various departments are humming along like busy bees, each doing their part to make our hive whole.

Easter-week events involved a lot of preparations which were done with joy and skill and were clearly received by our congregation through their participation.

Matters are already coming together for the summer Vacation Bible School. Not only has the material been carefully chosen but also our staff is stellar.  You will find detailed information in this month’s issue of the Chimes.

The Bible studies are continued both on Tuesdays at 10:00 am in Revelation and on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the Psalms.  It’s never too late to get started.

Again, I want to thank you for your evident desire to know the Word of God.  In these days of entertainment worship you are precious in the sight of the Lord!

Rev. Paul Danielson

 

Message from Rev. Danielson – March 2016

Dear Starkdale Members and Friends,

Pardon the pun, but the months just keep marching along, one after the other. I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet; nevertheless, I can promise you that if this snow keeps up, it won’t come down!

I continue to be encouraged by your faithful attendance and evident desire to hear and know the Word of God.

God’s blessing is upon you for good. Also, it is good to hear your godly conversation one with another. Your searching questions and comments to me about various aspects of the messages tell me you are not only listening but desiring to go deeper into the understanding and application of a given passage. Such was the response of the Berean Christians as they searched the Scriptures daily to verify that the things they were hearing were true. (Acts 17:11)

Please pray earnestly for the elders as they continue their search for God’s man to minister to God’s people and to the community around us. When the leaders led in Israel, the people followed willingly, and the Lord blessed! (Judges 5:2)

Rev. Paul Danielson

Message from Rev. Danielson – February 2016

Welcome to the month of February! Congratulations, date-wise as I write, we are halfway through the Winter without a major snow storm! But yes, I know, it’s not over until it’s over.

Let me take this opportunity to commend you as a congregation for your commitment to the Lord here at Starkdale during this important time of transition from one pastor to another. It is not easy or comfortable to go from the known to the unknown. Yet, I praise you for the wonderful spirit in which you are working together. Attendance is excellent. Patience and trust in your leaders is admirable. Keep them in your prayers!

May I also commend you for your commitment to the Word of God. You clearly evidence a genuine desire to know and understand the Bible. Nothing pleases this pastor more or makes his ministry a joy than to see your hunger for the Scriptures.

Yes, there is need for structure and programs, for out-reach and care ministries. But in it all, keep falling in love with Jesus.  Keep your faith growing and He will bless beyond all you can ask or think.

Rev. Paul Danielson