February 2020
  

I would like to begin by offering each and every one of you a heartfelt word of thanks. Thank you all so much for the monetary Christmas gift, but also thanks for your love and support so graciously offered to Carole and I. You will never know how much it means to us. Again, thank you.

As the church year goes, we have just completed Advent and Christmas and now we are in the weeks following the Epiphany leading up to Lent. Epiphany is the time when Jesus was revealed to the world as the Christ. In the past few weeks we have looked at the arrival of the Magi, the revelation to John the Baptist and now we see Jesus calling His disciples. His ministry has begun and his journey toward the cross.

During this time Jesus travelled around the area surrounding the Sea of Galilee calling disciples to follow him, healing the sick and lame, restoring sight raising people from the dead and showing us the way to live.

Jesus has called us to follow Him. When he came to Capernaum, he said it was to fulfill the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The people living in darkness have seen a great light.” Jesus came to be the light of the world; to show us a way out of this dark world of sin and despair. He gave us the commands to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” And, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” He also said to “go into the world and make disciples.”

We live in a world that sometimes it seems has forsaken God. We look around and see fighting and killing; people doing drugs; living as though there no cares and without concern for themselves or others. We look around and see failing and declining churches, schools and America. And we wonder why? Perhaps we have forgotten the fundamental truth that we founded on a belief in God and religious values.

Most people today believe in me first and to Hell with everybody else. Friends, we need to get back to those basic principles set forth by Jesus. We need to love God, we need to love our neighbors and we need to go and make disciples. We need to get out of our comfort zone and get out there and proclaim that we are Christians and tell others about this “Good News” of salvation; this gift of redemption that Jesus willing gave each of us by dying on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.

If you want to make a difference in our church, in our communities in our nation, we must seek God’s forgiveness and guidance. Then and only then can we change the world in which we live.

This is a new year and I ask you to turn your life over to Jesus and just see what a difference we can make, together.

God Bless you!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Bill

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