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Decisions, decisions,decisions!

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!
Our lives are full of decisions. The most obvious ones come first thing in the morning. What do I eat for breakfast?  What do I where to work?  What work needs to be done first?  And the list goes on and on.
Well, the new year is quickly upon us and as many have made resolutions of ALL kinds, they also realize that with these comes decisions! Decisions to eat the right food, to make time to exercise, and possibly the decision to make room for God!
Paul says in I Corinthians 10:31(NASB) “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
This verse says to me, whatever you do, not sometimes when you do some things, but EVERY time you do something, do it to the glory of God. We, as followers of Christ should have a single-mined focus on glorifying God in all that we do. That should be our purpose in life.  In a nutshell, to bring glory to God.
In His Service,
Pastor Jim

Which Jesus Do You Worship?

The Christmas season is fast drawing upon us. This time for us holds a time of reading about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Throughout the year we have at times prayed about those who embrace “a different Jesus” but never really accepted the Jesus we know and love. Allow us to explain.
It is possible to “accept Jesus” — A certain kind of “Jesus” — and not receive the historical Jesus at all! We see in our society today that many people are receiving a “Jesus” that is not the Christ of the New Testament. What they embrace is an idea, not a person. They hold fast to a “Jesus” they have created in their own minds. How do we know then whether we have received the Jesus Christ of God? In all honesty there is only one way to know and that is to check out the historical record (The Bible) and ask yourself a few questions. Is the Jesus you Worship the same One revealed in the Gospel records of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? Is He the sinless, spotless, Son of God? Is He the Savior who died for sinful man and rose again? Is His doctrine and lifestyle that of the Jesus of the Bible?
If you have created “a Jesus” in your own mind you then are bigger than He is. If he has emanated from your personality then he is an expression of your personality. Allow me to give an example. There are young people today who are rebelling against the home — the church — and the institutions of our society. These folks also come up with a revolutionary Jesus. Who is this Jesus? He is an expression of their rebellious spirit. It is what they want Jesus to be not who He really is.
It is helpful to study the Scriptures with regard to what relationship Jesus had toward the institutions of His day. The Word of God said that He was subject to His parents. That He learned and taught in the synagogues. He worshiped in the Temple calling it His Father’s House. He did all of this even though His parents were imperfect, the synagogues were attended by hypocrites and the Temple was built by a pagan king. Jesus supported the institutions of His day but He did not condone the evil practiced in them. We encourage everyone this Christmas season to go to the Bible and learn to know the historical Jesus.
He is the true Jesus and the only one who can save us.
In His Service,
Pastor Jim

Deliberate Thankfulness

What does it mean to be deliberate in our faith?

In the case of being thankful it means being aware of what is happening around us and seeing God’s invisible hand in those events. The simplest things, even daily events that happen at the right moment should not be taken for granted. We ask God to orchestrate our steps and when it happens we miss that prepared moment. The good news is that we may pick up on it later and recognize that what happened was no random happenstance and be more prepared next time.

We are instructed to be thankful in all things (I Thess. 5:17-19 ).  Paul and Silas singing hymns of praise from prison at midnight (Acts 16-25).  On the surface this may seem odd. They were thankful that they were counted worthy to share in the sufferings of Jesus in sharing the Good News! Rather than seeing their freedom removed, they had a captive audience for one thing!

In simpler things see God’s hand moving.  Be aware, in the sea of events, of what may appear in an ordinary day.  Do not allow things not of real importance to distract you.  We have the greatest gift to share through our words and actions being open to God’s leading.

“Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father”(Col. 3:17).

Church was never  meant to be a place to be entertained, where people come to get their weekly fix of God but have no connection with others or any ongoing relationships to encourage and inspire them on toward love and good deeds.

Church is supposed to be about a community of believers who care for each other spiritually, physically, mentally, and socially and challenge each other to serve their communities more. A community which challenges each other to give sacrificially and regularly through tangible giving projects. image.jpeg

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