Archive for September, 2014

September 2014 Pastor’s Newsletter

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Good day to you and those you love through Jesus Christ, our Risen Lord,

I was challenged a few days ago.  My wife and I were having dinner with a couple and the  lady asked me about the forgiveness of Jesus.  She wondered if Jesus really forgives and really believes that we are worth saving.

I am not sure if my words helped, for I told her simply and graciously that Jesus is love.  He loves all of us as we are, where we’ve been and where we are going.  Jesus  is able to see our hearts and sees the real person that He created in us.

I shared with her that I feel we should have faith in knowing that He feels we are worth saving and worth forgiving and gives us a road map to Eternity, if only we are willing to change.

Change begins, in part, by forgiving ourselves and forgiving others.  God’s forgiveness is given in the hope that people will stop, or cease forever,  in hurting themselves and hurting others.

Jesus knows this and has taught us  how to forgive.  You see, He loves people.  Even when man put Him on the cross, He was the first to turn to His Father and say, FORGIVE THEM FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

So, to begin, know that Jesus truly forgives because He knows our heart.  Yes, we sin, and yes the disciples were not saints all their lives, but Jesus saw their hearts and said, “Follow Me.”

This Sunday we begin a new season of Sunday School for all ages.  Worship will be  at 10:30 again with the summer time behind us.  And we’ll  praise God and enjoy  continued fellowship.  Join us as we learn about God in all aspects of our church life, as we help one another to show others that God is Love and His love is forever with us.   Are we forgiven?  What Father would not forgive His child?  You are forgiven, and you are loved.

Looking forward to meeting you on Sunday morning,

Pastor Jim

August 2014 Pastor’s Newsletter

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Good morning to you and those you love through Christ,

On Sunday, I spoke about God’s Faithfulness in the story of the loaves and fishes.  I do believe the feeding of the 5000 plus happened and that it happened pretty much as all four Gospel writers describe it .( Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9; and John 6.)

Was this a miracle?  Yes, but for me, there is a more important story within the story.  All the little boy had was 5 loaves and 2 fish, but he was willing to give it all to Christ Jesus, his Lord.  Jesus took what was offered, blessed it, and made it adequate to meet the needs of those around Him.

When we have but a little faith and we offer it to Jesus, He will make it adequate to meet our needs.  It is the same when we have little strength, little courage, little love:  Jesus will make our needs adequate to meet the needs of our journey of faith.

You might say that this is the miracle of multiplication.  For all of us who know Him,  Love Him , Respect Him, and Trust Him, Jesus will show in our journey that He is INDEED  the Way, the Truth and the Life.

God’s Faithfulness through His Son never ends!

Have faith in Christ.  Talk to Him today,

Pastor Jim