From The Senior Pastor’s Desk

A Blog by: Pastor Steve Hofmeister

Note: Graphics and photos for blog posts before November 2020 in Pastor Steve’s Articles are no longer available

  • Photo: Artisan wood carver working.

A Single Creator

January 19th, 2023|

I found my mind wandering into an exploration of creation. It was not an exploration of the act of creation or how creation commenced but the ownership of it. My pondering led me to consider that there is only one creator of everything.

Expect False Teaching

September 29th, 2022|

Have you noticed a lot of complaining, judging, pointing fingers, and arguing going on these days? One group is right about a particular issue, while those that oppose them are perceived to be evil, vile, or the source of everything wrong in the world.

75 Words or Less – A Color Commentary

January 8th, 2022|

Recently, while applying for a grant program to help fund our ministry, I was posed the question, "Describe Your Organization in 75 words or less." I found this more challenging than it may suggest. Even though my following response was just over 75 words, I found it difficult to summarize our organization any finer than this.

Weathering The Storm

December 30th, 2021|

It has been a while since I wrote a blog article. In the unique situation I am in while writing this I find the extra time to catch up on things such as this. I am in a situation that has given me a lot of time to reflect on faith, and on this topic I want to share an illustrative story with you.

A Thankful Recovery

November 26th, 2021|

I make no secret of it that my health is less than perfect. I have recovered from more things in the past than most ever see in a lifetime. I frequently joke with hospital staff if they have finished the construction of my personal suite yet.

Hobbling Along

January 26th, 2021|

Hobbling Along “Religion is nothing but a crutch!” Oh, how many times I have heard people say that. I've never spoken up to someone who has said it in my presence in the past. Why, may you ask? Because the statement itself perplexed me, [ Read More ]

Emergency 911, Is You Order for Pick Up or Delivery?

January 16th, 2021|

Emergency 911, Is You Order for Pick Up or Delivery? Diakonos Independent Ministries of Maryland I have been doing a lot of contemplation on prayer lately. I get a lot of my inspiration for my blog articles and Quick Points w/ Pastor Steve episodes [ Read More ]

Responses to a Social Media Muslim

June 2nd, 2020|

I follow and participate in many Christian Groups on social media. Occasionally, a post will arise from Muslims contending that Christianity is blatantly wrong and present what they (The Poster) believe to be supporting facts and trick questions from our own Christian Bible to support the claim. I suppose one could turn the Qur’an around on them, but then I would find that inappropriate for a Christian to fight fire with fire. Instead, I have taken to answering the questions they present instead of just reading and denouncing blindly. In my extensive response to a poster, I have proceeded to take on each one of the large barrages of questions they presented with their (Assumed) Christian responses. I present an actual “Educated Christian” response.

Rainbows

May 10th, 2020|

“Why does God not listen to me when I have tough times?” This is a question I’ve read in several various forms quite frequently lately on social media. I personally have been through many tough times, and I would be lying if I said the same question had not crossed my mind many times before I came to the understanding I have today. God hears everything and sees everything. Actually, he knows what is going to happen long before we can think about it. You may ask, “So why does God not answer my prayers?” The country music artist Garth Brooks recorded a great song titled Unanswered Prayers that talks about thanking God for not answering them. Sometimes God’s best work is not seen right away. Sometimes the smoke needs to clear away after the fire before the repairs can begin.

Hi I’m Your Neighbor

May 2nd, 2020|

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, Chances are you are stuck at home with this COVID-19 Virus going on just like I am, and I'm sure you can think of a few others that are too. What would Jesus want us to be doing right now? The Author Charles Dickens wrote those words in his 1859 book A Tale of Two Cities. A story of two similar men who had opposite views on the world around them. We are all facing a major crisis right now worldwide with the Novel COVID-19 Virus Pandemic. The impact of this virus is now hitting the United States where I am really fast and hard.

The Annual Pagan Origin Debate over Christmas

December 15th, 2019|

Recently on a Christian Group on Facebook (intentionally kept nameless), I commented in on a heated debate over the origins of Christmas. There was a large portion of people arguing that we should not participate in Christmas Festivities because they are of Pagan Origin and therefore against God. Some of the aspects of these group's conversations identified Santa Claus as Satan and nit-picked the secular and cultural inclusions of the Christmas Season.

Keeping It Real

September 30th, 2019|

In 2 Corinthians 11:1-15 NLT, The Apostle Paul, writes, "1 I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ. [ Read More ]

The Body: A Temple of God

September 26th, 2019|

Along with my studies of God's Word and Ministry, I have been on a complex undertaking of improving my overall health over the last few months.  Being I have several health conditions to consider this has not been a straightforward process, but I am bound and determined to meet my [ Read More ]

Old Rugged Cross

August 27th, 2019|

EDITORIAL NOTE: The video link at the bottom was meant to autoplay with this blog post.  Some browsers and situations do not allow the autoplay function to work.  I recommend playing it while reading this post. -- Pastor Steve I have blogged before about my Late Father-In-Law.  What I did [ Read More ]

Non-Profits and an Easy Paycheck. Not All Good Work Is Bad

August 24th, 2019|

I have been finding in my research and efforts to fund this ministry that so many people have developed a pre-determined stigma against Non-Profit Charities, Religious Organizations, and Churches.  They have chosen to consider them an easy paycheck for people who take advantage of others' generosity. I just like everyone [ Read More ]

Losing Faith

August 19th, 2019|

Worship in an Evangelical Church, Lakewood Church.  No disrespect intended, I chose this photo for this article just as an example of large production worship. I have read several stories this month of Christian’s, mostly those in the spotlight of music and worship losing faith and withdrawing away from the Christian [ Read More ]

Build Your City

August 5th, 2019|

One of the fantastic lessons God has taught me on this journey is that when you help others, you are helping yourself just as much, sometimes more. I was conversing with someone this morning who has had a long history of people talking down to them and ridiculing them. This [ Read More ]

Building a Ministry

July 16th, 2019|

Building this ministry is definitely becoming an adventure.  I was involved in the founding of a church and worked with a Non-Profit Children's Charity for a short time. With that said, I am still bewildered at the costs associated with starting up a Non-Profit Organization. It's a blessing that I [ Read More ]

Unexpected Legacy

July 15th, 2019|

I started on this ministry journey a few months back.  I didn't initially let my family or friends know what I was contemplating and praying on.  When I was a mid-teen "church" was a big part of my life, and if you have read my testimony, it paints the picture as [ Read More ]