May 2018

Greetings in the name of our risen savior Jesus;

How is your relationship with God these days? How is your soul?

A recent Gallop poll indicates that there is at least one Bible in 92% of American homes. That’s great. But here comes the disappointment. Gallup points out, “Despite the impressive statistics concerning Bible reading and study, it is apparent that ignorance about its contents is widespread.”

Only half of adults interviewed nationwide could name any of the four Gospels of the New Testament. Just 37 percent of those interviewed could name all four Gospels. Only 42 percent of adults were able to name as many as five of the 10 Commandments correctly. Seven in ten (70 percent) were able to name the town where Jesus was born, but just 42 percent could identify him as the person who delivered the Sermon on the Mount.

It seems that there might be a few disappointed “Christians” when all is said and done. We have become lackadaisical or unconcerned about our relationship with God and His son, our risen savior, Jesus Christ. We also suffer from apathy. “I don’t want to get involved; let someone else do it.”

Is this the kind of relationship with the Lord that we want?

Every one of us took a vow, a promise, when we joined the Church. We promised that we would be loyal to The United Methodist Church and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries. We also promised that as members of this congregation we would faithfully participate in its ministries by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service. So why are our pews empty? Where is everybody?

Quite simply, we’ve become so busy with our worldly lives that we’ve neglected our spiritual health. We’re ill. In fact, we are deathly ill. But there is a cure. We must make time for Jesus. I know there are all kinds of excuses; I’ve used most of them myself. However, when I trusted Jesus and let Him come into my life, everything changed. Somehow, I didn’t have to work on Sunday anymore, I had enough money to pay my bills and give to the church; I had more time for my family and still attended worship service and Sunday school.

Most of us don’t think about death or where we are going when we die, but a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will guarantee us a place in Heaven and fill our churches. Spend some time with Jesus and you won’t be sorry or disappointed.

God bless you,

Pastor Bill

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