OHBTC is here! Hermeneutics Rock!

 Orchard Hill Bible Training Center has officially commenced its Summer Semester! This is an exciting time for me as Coordinator and Facilitator for OHBTC. Our first class was intense and time flew by! Seven students are participating in our first course, Hermeneutics: How to Interpret the Bible. The topics covered were intriguing and there was plenty of interaction in the class. I cannot wait for our next session!

I shared this in class:

Hermeneutics may be the most important course a pastor, teacher or scholar takes in his or her lifetime. The interpretation of the Scriptures is a formidable task that requires diligence, prudence and a reliance on the Holy Spirit. The goal is to accurately disseminate the Word of truth. –B.E. Johnson

It is important to remember that the Bible is Inspired by God! It is to be understood literally, is Infallible (cannot mislead) and Inerrant (free of error and trustworthy). Dr. Henry correctly states, “Inspiration is that supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit whereby the sacred writers were divinely supervised in their production of Scripture, being restrained from error and guided in the choice of words they used, consistently with their disparate personalities and stylistic peculiarities.”[1]

As a staff pastor, I am pleased to see that the doctrine of Inspiration is confirmed and applied to all of our preaching and teaching here at Orchard Hill. God’s Word is true and eternal!

This is sure to be a great semester!

Blessings,

Pastor Bryan



[1] Frank E. Gaebelein, Introductory Articles, vol. 1 of The Expositor's Bible Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1979), p.25.

The Spirit Of Christmas

Have you ever noticed how a lot of "Holiday" movies talk about the "Spirit of Christmas"?  Then they usually go on to speak about it and try to sum it up with words and phrases like; "it's the season of Love", Or "it's about giving to others", or "goodwill to men".  I have a similar dilema myself when it comes to the "Big" Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas.  I mean we celebrate them on a particular day each year, but especially with Christmas we notice that there is a whole season associated with it.  I mean the stores start putting out Christmas stuff as soon as the kids quit Trick-Or-Treating.  But if we look at the Bible Christmas is all about Jesus coming into the world as a baby for the sole purpose of growing up and dying on a cross and rising from the dead for the forgiveness of our sins.  Every day is about Christmas & Easter, not just one day in December and another in April.  Our entire lives are supposed to be influenced by what Christ did EVERY DAY!  So buy your presents, wrap them, put them under the tree.  Send Christmas cards and sing carols, go to parties and eat too much.  Spend time with family, the ones you love and the weird ones you only see at different holidays.  Then remember that every day is a gift from God.  Every day is an opportunity to draw closer to God in Christ. Every day, God is only a prayer away from making an eternal differnce in you life.  Merry Christmas...Every Day! 

Thankfulness

I am often struck at this time of year how we can give one day of the year to "Be Thankful" and eat with family, friends and loved ones, but pay no attention to being thankful the rest of the year.  So I would at this time, as we head into the season of Christmas, give a list of a number of things for which I am thankful. First and foremost I am thankful for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I am reminded daily of all that He has done for me and that without His help I am truly lost in this world and in the next world of eternal life.  Secondly I am thankful for my beautiful and loving wife who has put up with me for several decades now.  I am thankful for my two wonderful children and their health and growth.  I am thankful for family and friends all over the country.  I am thankful for my health and the circumstances that God has put in my life over the years (The good and the bad), I have had opportunity to learn from both.  I am thankful for an awesome church to pastor here in Mukwonago as I head into my 8th year here.  The people here are awesome; growing in the Lord, friendly and they are a wonderful family in Christ.  I am thankful for what lies ahead, even if I don't know what that means.  I don't know what new surprises and challenges wait for me tomorrow, but I know that in Christ He will help me to face them and rejoice in them.