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Lew Newkirk is a much loved former Pastor of Casey Baptist Church who served there for 5 years. His ministry to us continues today through the devotionals featured here for your encouragement.

A Stone of Remembrance

When I was about 6 yrs. old my Father took me with him when he went to the local garage to get our old car repaired. It was not long after World War 2 and what is called “The Great Depression” here in the States, gas had been rationed and things were tough, but Dad had gotten a steady job and had more money than he had in the past.


Enduring Faith

Persevere: To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, an idea, or a task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.

In Luke 18 Jesus used a parable to teach about perseverance. A widow was asking for justice. Someone had evidently taken advantage of her status as a widow to defraud her in some way. The judge she appealed to did not care if she received justice or not, but because she would not give up and had become an annoyance to him he saw that she received justice in her complaint. Jesus’ message was “that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”


On Being Comfortable

Recently I attended a church I had not been to before. It was a lovely building, not extravagant but pleasing to the eye and set on a lovely landscaped lot. The members, as well as the appointed “greeters” were welcoming and friendly, the music was traditional and I knew every song. There was no band but there was a choir. The sermon was biblically sound and I appreciated what the Pastor had to say. When I left the Pastor asked me if I had filled out a visitor’s card. I said I had but that I had not turned it in, and he asked me to please give it to him, which I did. He said he hoped I would come back and he thought I would be comfortable worshipping there.


Jude: A Man for Our Time

Recently I have been sorting some of my old sermons and started reading the last series I preached from the book of Jude. It is amazing what I learned…not so much what I said but what more I could and should have said!


The Tyranny of Our Circumstances

In one of the commentaries on the book of Philippians the author uses the phrase, “the tyranny of circumstances.” Tyranny is the rule of a tyrant or dictator, and there are plenty of them at every level of society in this world! But my mind kept mulling that phrase over and over, and I thought about it on an everyday level, and my illustration of how that works is “close to home.”


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