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Book Endorsement for Easy Understanding of the Bible

Feb 1, 2012   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Pastor's Corner  //  No Comments

Hi Church family,

I have been reading a book by Dr. William H. Marty entitled “The Whole Bible Story – Everything That Happens in the Bible in Plain English.” This book is a great way for new believers and young discipled believers to understand the events and promises from the Bible. It is from Bethany House and the cost is $12.99. It would make a great present for someone you know that has struggled to understand some of the things of the Bible. It answers  for them the questions “How do I read this? Where do I start? What’s in it?” They can read their Bible and then read the paraphrased interpretation and have their own Bible study. Simply reading the Bible from cover to cover can be a tough task. The Bible is sixty-six books and the storyline is not in chronological order.

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Jan 17, 2012   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Pastor's Corner  //  No Comments

I hope that the New Year celebrations are behind you and you have begun to look at the New Year as an opportunity to break some individual barriers as well as some as a church family. It is about three weeks into the New Year that we usually start to see resolutions begin to fail and we take on our bad habits and resist change. Success is never an accident: it is the result of intention, effort, and the skillful execution of what you know to do as you seek intelligent direction from the Lord.

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Looking to 2012

Dec 29, 2011   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Announcements & General News, Pastor's Corner  //  No Comments

Good morning church family,

I hope everyone is recovering from the busy Christmas season and the pain for some of going back to work. Every year we think about the new year with the hope that it will be better in some way than the previous one . Every year we promise ourselves that we will change what needs to be changed, make right what needs to be made right. Is this year going to be different for you? Are you really going to stop making bad choices? Are you really going to entrust your life to the only one that can change you from the inside out?

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Christmas Reflection

Dec 22, 2011   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Announcements & General News, Pastor's Corner  //  No Comments

To the most precious people in God’s Kingdom,

I just want to take a moment to thank you for being a part of this family of believers at Rosedale. I do not get a chance often to tell you how much of a part that you play in the work and success of what we are accomplishing. I hope that phrases we use often from the pulpit are not just words that make us smile. Phrases like “what a coincidence” and “God is doing amazing things” are more than cute; they are accomplishments that God is doing in our lives. What a coincidence is reference that we know that nothing that happens to us is by chance, that God has His hands in our lives and that we can trust Him. God is doing amazing thngs is not just for someone else, but that each one of us believes that God is doing something special in our lives, in our families life, and in our church family.

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Just thinking!

Oct 26, 2011   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Pastor's Corner  //  No Comments

I’m watching my fish in my office (I know: “Pastor, get to work!”). I sometimes think that it would be nice not to have any stress or worry about the necessities of life. After all, I feed the fish everyday; I clean the tank as they need it; I make sure that they don’t get diseased because of fungus. The fish, on the other hand, they do not even realize that their needs are being met. They constantly are searching for a way out. If they could, they would jump out only to find out that what appears to be a bigger and better ocean would actually be their death.

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Praying for Your Pastor

Oct 11, 2011   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Announcements & General News, Pastor's Corner  //  3 Comments

Hello everyone,

I am selfish in my note to you today.  I am going to ask you to pray specifically for your pastor. I am encouraged and blessed by all the wonderful things that the church family has done for me and is planning to do for me for Pastor’s Appreciation month. The excitement of what God is doing is amazing! I believe we could see revival in each one of our families and our church if we will let God do it.

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Being the Church

Oct 4, 2011   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Pastor's Corner  //  No Comments

I was reading in Revelation 3:15-17 the words of Jesus concerning the church. It does not take us long to figure out that Jesus was talking about disoriented churches. They believed they were “okay” in being neutral. His presence was gone and they did not even know it. Whole nations live today not even acknowledging the presence or importance of God in their lives. Nations, communities, and families all feel the spiritual life being sucked right out of them and they do nothing about it.

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Remaining faithful

Sep 13, 2011   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Pastor's Corner  //  No Comments

We have seen alot of devastation in the community this week. It truly is a week that you wish you could have a “do-over.” The phone has rung off the hook with people sharing their life experiences: some people wanting to give God glory and some expressing disbelief. As pastor, I am expected to be rock solid and always have the correct answers. Just having water in our basement and seeing what others have had to go through, I would be in the catagory of praising God. It is just stuff! It is minor compared to someone else’s troubles. I have to hang on to the Words of the Lord and I have to trust God to take a bad situation and make it better.

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Being Smart

Aug 31, 2011   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Pastor's Corner  //  2 Comments

For we are not fighting against human beings but against  the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and  cosmic powers of this dark age. So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil  day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting  to the end, you will still hold your ground. So stand ready, with truth as a  belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate …. (Ephesians 6:12-14 TEV)

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World Series example

Aug 24, 2011   //   by Pastor Tony Zibolski   //   Pastor's Corner  //  1 Comment

Hi everyone,

This week I went to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. It was exciting watching teams from around the world compete for the prize of champion. People in the stands showing their support by yelling, making signs, starting stadium waves, and by objecting to anyone saying a bad thing about  “their team.”  People who otherwise would not give the time of day to each other are now hugging each other and giving words of encouragement. I think there is a sermon illustration  here! What would our church look like if we showed that same support for our team, offered words of encouragement and hugged someone that was having a bad day. If 12-13 year old kids can draw people together, how much more should the love of Jesus draw us together?

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