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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September

From the Pastor's Desk:
In reading the stories about the calling of Peter and the first disciples, we often marvel at how quickly those folks left everything to follow Jesus. I’ve heard - and preached a number of sermons on how we are called to leave everything behind for the sake of God’s Kingdom.
However, if you’re like me, it’s not long before you start to feel guilty and ashamed, thinking about how much you tend to hold on to. You may wonder, as I do, if you would have done the same thing had you been in Peter’s place. Would you have dropped everything? Would you have been like James and John, leaving behind the family business to answer the call?
Yet upon reflection, and after spending quality time with Jesus, I’m less and less mystified by those accounts. It’s no more surprising than a hungry man eagerly making his way to the buffet line, or a thirsty woman stopping by a water fountain, or someone in utter darkness making their way towards the one light shining in the distance.
The one who hungers for the truth will be attracted to Jesus, for Jesus is the truth. The one who hungers for seen since the fall - and they saw him in the form of a perfect human being.
When others did turn away (it happened), Jesus asked them if they too were ready to leave. In response, Peter said: “Lord, where else would we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
It may seem like foolishness, but this is the truth we proclaim: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. When we hear the truth, nothing else will do. Jesus is often called the very “Word” of God.
Let us follow our compelling, wonderful, and loving Lord into this September and beyond. Let us hear God’s voice, even through the sometimes difficult and strange prophecies of the Old Testament (right?).
The Word is be there for us, no matter what. And truly, with Jesus, life is a call to new adventure.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Matthew

 

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