2019VBSJune 2019

Greetings in the name of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ;

As I write this we are preparing to celebrate Memorial Day and it occurred to me that I am probably an extreme patriot. I believe in the truths set forth by our founding fathers and that freedom is worth dying for. I salute and praise all who have served in the military, especially those who gave their lives that we might remain free.

I also believe in the truth of the Scriptures, that Jesus died on a cross to set us free from the bondage and slavery of sin. John 3:16-21 are the most soothing yet frightful words to read. 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”

Another scripture that is troublesome is Revelation 3:15-17, 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”

Our pews sit mostly empty on any given Sunday. Why? We have over 200 members on our rolls in both congregations. We have young people. We have families with children. Yet our pews are empty.

We have become lukewarm. We have bought into the world’s promise of great riches and respect. We have forgotten our “American” and “Christian” heritage. We’ve become apathetic. “Don’t worry, someone else will take care of that.” We have forgotten whose we are. It’s time to step up to the plate. It’s time to make a choice. Are you an American? Are you a Christian? Are you willing to sacrifice to keep America free? Are you willing to sacrifice as a sign of your love and thanks for the freedom Jesus bought for you?

Think about it. Pray about it.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Bill

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