February 2016 Pastor’s Newsletter

Blessings to all of you in God’s LOVE through Jesus Christ Our Lord,

I received a gift when we arrived in Florida this past week and it was a “weekly journal” with a Bible verse for each day.  Running thru the pages, one verse stood out and it comes from Proverbs 17: 17:

“A FRIEND LOVES AT ALL TIMES” 🙂

Here in a Bible Concordance, I am reading that the word love is brought alive immediately following the word “lost”.  Mark 18 says that once we were lost, but now found.  And to be found for me is in reading from John 13 where we need to  learn more about loving one another.

It still amazes me in life that we seem to be lost and can only find love in those who agree with us.  Jesus says for all to trust and believe that “He is the way”.  Now, if we are to believe this, then understand that we will never be lost, for the Love of Jesus Christ  will always show us the way.

At a Gospel Concert last night, one of the vocalists said (with the happenings of the  Iowa Caucus going on) that he will never be politically correct, but prays to always be “Biblically Correct”.  To me that is love, where the Bible stands taller than any mountain  and the love of God encompasses us all.

During a church service on Sunday morning, the Pastor said that if we are to have hope, then we need to not be “stuck” in unproductive areas of our lives.  His meaning was different from mine, for I truly feel that we need to un-stick ourselves from sin and from bad habits. We need to stop trying to keep up with whomever and to start being ourselves and truly love one another.

For each of us, if there is to be hope, is it possible that on February 14th, our meaning of Valentine’s Day may be to be a loving friend to all people?  Look around–who needs your love?

And speaking of love, my thanks to each of you where, in your own ways, you allowed your love for the Busby family and the Faris family to come alive in remembering their loved ones.  What a friend we have in Jesus and what a friend we had in Jerry and Al.

May God’s Peace be yours to share in Christ,

Pastor Jim

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