“Someone has said that the marks of a strong church are wet eyes, bent knees, and a broken heart. We’ll never be powerful until we let God be God and jealously guard His honor.”
Pastor to Pastor, Kregel, 1998, p. 99.
“The church has no greater need today than to fall in love with Jesus all over again.”
From the desk of the pastor:
Psalms 119:9-16-“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord;teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.”
As we contemplate and face the rigors of everyday life there is one constant that can guide, uphold, encourage and correct our way…God’s Word! As we enter this new year may our desire be that of the Psalmist…
“Oh, to have “the word of Christ” always dwelling inside of us;—in the memory, never forgotten; in the heart, always loved; in the understanding, really grasped; with all the powers and passions of the mind fully submitted to its control!” -Charles Spurgeon
From the desk of the pastor:
Hebrews 2:17-“Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
I am thankful that God, in eternity past, decided to send His only Son. Christ came and took on every aspect of humanity, except for the very thing that separates me from God and that is the sinful nature. Only God can produce a sinless sacrifice, through His Son, worthy of making atonement for me and everyone that puts their faith and trust in Him.
That is the reminder and message of Christmas. Don’t let the image of a baby in the manger fool you, that baby represents God incarnate; our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father and our Prince of Peace. Jesus is fully capable of accomplishing all His promises and the all-wise plan of redemption.
May the joy of this truth excite the hearts of all believers across the globe and may it be the message of hope for those who are in need of salvation.
Thanksgiving is a special day that our nation sets aside for being thankful and we truly have much to be thankful for. I appreciate the reminder of the apostle Paul in…
1 Thessalonians 5:18-“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Our thanksgiving to God demonstrates our acknowledgment of our reliance on Him. The Scriptures go on to remind me that:
-God ‘gives to all mankind life and breath and everything’
-His power is so great that ‘from him and through him and to him are all things’
-God’s great mercy ‘has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.’
The freedom that I have because of Jesus Christ should compel me to give thanks for all things and at all times. So dear family and friends I thank the Lord for all of you and trust that today will echo throughout the other 364 days of the year! Happy Thanksgiving!
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