Pastor Jake Stirnemann

Posts from Pastor Jake Stirnemann.

Christmas Greeting from Pastor Jake

December 1st, 2018 by

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This season closes a year of the most significant developments within the history of my life, culminated with the assistance of “The Jaws of Death.” Most of you are cognizant of the tragic event I have experienced in the last four months of this year, in which I have Keep reading…

What Does 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Mean When It Says To “Pray Without Ceasing?”

November 1st, 2018 by

One must take into consideration the timing of these particular writings to the Thessalonians. First Thessalonians is understood by many to be the earliest of the Pauline Epistles. One unique aspect of Paul’s relationship with the Thessalonians was how successful his ministry was in establishing this “infant” church in the time frame of three Sabbaths, Keep reading…

Scripture Put To Music

October 1st, 2018 by

We all realize that the Psalms, generally in a poetical manner were Scripture, sometimes with harmony that encourages us to come into worship as we meditate on the WORD. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness Keep reading…

God’s Plan for Fathers

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June 17th, 2018 by

Who Am I?

May 10th, 2018 by

After viewing the movie, The Passion of Christ, several years ago, I realized how little I really knew about what Jesus went through as he endured the cross. Several years ago someone wrote a song entitled, Who am I? The words of the chorus helped me realize how great He was and how insignificant I Keep reading…

What Is The Hope Of A Believer?

April 7th, 2018 by

According to 1 Cor. 13:13, hope is a companion with love and faith. It reads, “So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” It is not surprising that hope should often be mentioned as a companion of faith. The heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 are also Keep reading…

70 Years

February 7th, 2018 by

Twenty years ago on March 19, 1998, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of Troy Christian Chapel, known then as Oak Park Christian Chapel. We sounded the trumpet with hundreds of members, current and past, as well as the honored presence of many friends. It was a time of rejoicing with a great Keep reading…

God’s Messenger

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December 31st, 2017 by

Biblical Marriage

December 7th, 2017 by

Divine revelation has declared marriage to be honorable. It is an institution of God, ordained in the time of man’s innocence, before he had sinned against his maker. It was given in wisdom and kindness to repress irregular affection, to support social order and to provide that, through well-ordered families, truth and holiness might be Keep reading…

When Christ Prayed For Us

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March 26th, 2017 by

What Does a Pastor Look Like?

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January 1st, 2017 by

What Does It Mean To Dress Modestly?

October 1st, 2016 by

First of all, on the back page of our weekly bulletin there is a statement pertaining to this subject. It reads, “Troy Christian Chapel does not have a dress code per se, but we do encourage our worshipers to dress with modesty and good taste. Christian worship is sacred time in sacred space, and it Keep reading…

When Should My Child Be Baptized?

July 1st, 2016 by

Probably one of the most used explanations would be, first of all, when they come to an accountable age—when they can understand their need for baptism. Baptism is one of the two ordinances of our church by-laws, the Eucharist being the other. To believe that either is not important would be misrepresenting Scripture. A child Keep reading…

How Do I Influence My Husband/Wife For Christ?

June 1st, 2016 by

Throughout my fifty years of ministry I have been asked this question by the believing spouse in a marriage. Other times I wish they had asked for counsel. First of all, to avoid these situations, as pastors we advise believers not to marry unbelievers. In 2 Cor. 6:14, the Apostle Paul admonishes us to, “Do Keep reading…

Should We Expect Miracles Today?

April 1st, 2016 by

Before I answer this question let me share a real experience our family witnessed. In 1977, my father-in-law, Wilfred Downey was 86 years old and in the hospital with heart failure. As we were visiting him that evening, and we were about to leave, the doctor and nurse told us to say our good-byes to Keep reading…

Can A Christian Be Saved Without Going To Church?

October 5th, 2015 by

Can a Christian be saved without going to church? This is somewhat of a loaded question. First of all, going to church doesn’t save anyone. The Bible encourages in many ways the importance of coming together, whether it be in a church, synagogue, in one another’s homes, down by the riverside or anyplace where two Keep reading…