Favorite Verses

1. John 3:16

 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.

2. John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

3. Ephesians 2:8

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God...

4. 2nd Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousnes...

5. Matthew 11:28

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."



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From the Pastor’s Desk
Scripture focus: Mark 4:3-20

The comic strip cat Garfield once called February “the Monday of months.” The skies tend to be gray, the weather tends to be cold, and it’s usually a bit soggy or slushy. By February, we’re fairly weary of the winter season, and more than ready for the flowers of spring.
In our spiritual lives, there are sometimes long Februaries, when the joy of life seems muted. There are seasons in which our daily prayers and Bible studies don’t bring us the emotional satisfaction they do at other times. We trudge through our spiritual exercises with wet socks and sniffles. The aroma of divinely baked bread doesn’t penetrate our stuffed noses, and we wonder if the spring will ever arrive.
I believe that it is during these February times that the genuineness of our faith in God has a chance to be made evident. Will we continue to follow Jesus and keep our prayer times and Bible times when there’s no obvious benefit to us? Will we give up on Jesus when God is no longer providing the warm fuzzies?
Jesus often spoke in parables, and one of the most famous of his parables is the one about the sower casting seed about willy-nilly. Some of the seed lands on the path, and never sinks in. Other seed falls among the thorns, and is choked out by competing interests. Some of the seed lands among the rocks, where it quickly takes root, but lacks depth, and so don’t survive the harsh seasons of life.
February times test the depth of our faith. Have we allowed God’s Word to take root, or are we too easily shaken by surface conditions? On the surface, there may be little tangible evidence of a living faith. Things may feel cold and gray and dead. But beneath that surface, if that seed is still being nourished, those February times will result in amazing growth. In God’s time, those practiced habits of remaining faithful in prayer and Bible reading (even in the cold) will result in soul transformation.
Don’t give up on love when the surface happiness and excitement isn’t evident. Joy runs deeper than happiness, and love becomes real when it is no longer dependent on circumstance, but springs from a deeply rooted place within.
Yours in Christ’s love,
Pastor Matthew

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